Monday, May 19, 2014

Walking A New Path


Here are some lovely shots of the gorgeous Derwent River at New Norfolk that we took recently on a trip through that area. I am sharing them with you today whilst I share my news.

Some time ago I blogged about having a break from designing and feeling that I needed to follow a different path for awhile and whilst it may not look like I have done that, behind the scenes I have been working on a different path.  

"The Friendship Quilt" was designed and stitched as a Block of the Month for my lovely band of dedicated followers and my FREE Blog design "Up the Garden Path" is nearing completion but other than a few other little design surprises on their way I stopped designing as much as I had done previously.

Why?  Well it's hard to explain .......  I think that when you start doing anything as a job that you previously did as a hobby it takes away some of the joy - I know that a few other designing friends I have discussed this with sometimes feel the same way .......


I decided that I needed to get some of the passion back into my crafting life and follow my heart as an "artist".  The joy of making something from an image in your mind without the constraints of having to either follow a pattern or write one is a "Joyous" experience.  

It's hard to explain but I feel that I needed to let myself be creative again - Not that designing patterns for the joy of others is not creative - I do still love doing that and will continue to do so - But I also needed to do something for me.

Now if you have been a long time follower or have just gotten to know me you will know that I love adore all things shabby.  I am the happiest when I am finding something old and changing it and shabbying it up to give it a new life.  I love using pretty shabby florals mixed up with old clothing or old textiles to make something new, pretty and functional.  

I have been experimenting behind the scenes with a few ideas and took the plunge and applied to exhibit as an "artist" at this year's Tasmanian Craft Fair.


I photographed my ideas and sent them in for submission and crossed my fingers that the examining committee would think that I was unique enough to gain a place at this world renowned art exhibition.

An email arrived last night congratulating me on being chosen as an "artist" for this year's fair.  I am totally over the moon.  It is a new path for me and one that I was afraid to step onto but I am so glad that I took the plunge and decided to give it a go.  

The only downside is that I only have until the end of October to make enough One of A Kind items to fill a booth.  So guess what I will be doing with all of my free time in the next few months?

I can't wait to share some of my ideas with you.

Hugs,

Fee xx







27 comments:

byhokiquilts said...

Fee that is wonderful news and certainly food for your soul. The months leading up to it will be busy but I have a teeny feeling you are just going to thrive on it.
loving hugs
Miche'le

Marilyn said...

Fantastic news Fee. You will do it well, and you will find the time to make sufficient items. I am so excited for you.....
Hugs xxx

shez said...

such awesome news Fee and i wish you all the best on your new journey and i look forward to watching you enjoy your new path,sending big hugs Fee and congrats.xx

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Wonderful news Fiona.
Congratulations.
Follow that dream.

Fiona said...

Congrats Fee, I get excited when peoples passion gets noticed... all the best...
Hugz

Motherdragon's Musings said...

Congratulations Fee, you are a very talented lady, you will succeed. If at times it feels overwhelming, just breathe. Hugs Sharon

barb's creations said...

Well done in finding the courage to follow your dream, may it be every ting you've dreamed it will be. Good luck with your new venture :) Barb.

sunny said...

Congratulations! How exciting to follow your heart and your art down a new path.

PennyDuncan said...

That is so WONDERFUL Fee!!!!! Well deserved for sure......I think there are so many of us out there who are dealing with the very same feelings as of late....I too so want that passion back for my ART too... so I've been making the same type changes.....I wish you all the blessings to finding that passion again..a.you Re somberly gifted!!!

Noela said...

Congratulations Fee. All the best wishes for your new venture. I'm sure you will succeed in whatever path you choose to follow. Hugs....

paulette said...

I can tell that you are excited about this change...and we all know that a change is better than a rest!! Wishing you all the best, Fee!! Can't wait to see your creations!!
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Jacqueline said...

Whoo Hoo and congratulations. Glad to hear you are following your heart.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Go forth my friend: and watch out world! You're a wonderful talent, and if know this is like an adrenaline shot of delight to your world, hon. So very proud of you, Fee. xxx

Jeanette said...

Fabulous news. Congratulations. Hugs,xx

Vicki said...

You have to be brave to take that first step and you have done it. This is going to be an amazing adventure for you. You will find the time to create your treasures because you are doing it for the love of it. Follow your dreams Fee. Vicki Knight

Wendy B said...

Oh hunny...go with your heart first and foremost....anything done with love is always a success and your creations WILL be beautiful, I have no doubt!
Jump in head first sweety! xoxoxo
sugary sweet congratulatory hugs!!! :o)

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I can totally relate to wanting to do something just for you without the worries of writing and photographing each step. Happy adventures ahead Fee! This is great!
xx

Kathy said...

You are going to be busy Fee! I hope you enjoy the views, experiences and fresh air along your new path. I certainly understand where you're coming from :) See you in October!

Melody said...

Congratulations on this new direction and I completely understand how you feel.

Jo in TAS said...

Wow Fee! I've just been catching up on blogs! Congratulations sweetie, look forward to seeing your creations x

Sherry said...

That sounds like a wonderful change, congratulations and I hope you enjoy the process thoroughly.

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