What would you be doing if you weren’t doing X?
The eternal question. And I’ve been answering it for a long time. I should say it’s a bit of mixed question for me because I’m fortunate enough to love my job(s). I’m a professional musician. People pay me to sing things for them. As you can imagine, in no way does this suck. I also manage the day to day details of a small firm. Great people and great benefits. Again, I have no complaints.
But the work does leave gaps of time here or there, weird hours off, etc. And when I’m singing a lot, music becomes sort of something I want to just turn off completely. After 6 hours of even great music, silence is bliss. And yet… I want a break but I also want to be crafty. My normal craft is songwriting but then again, that’s music. And thus, what to do?
For years, when songwriting is out, I’ve turned to crafts. The crafts cycle in and out. So far I’ve covered candle and paper making, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing house stuff and halloween costumes, making wrapping paper and cards, painting, drawing, quilting… whatever is interesting at the time. I dabble but I also aim to finish. The Craft Nook is aptly named. Mine is a TINY apartment. There’s no room here for endless piles of uncompleted crap. It is what it is.
As lately I’ve been doing even more and more crafting, I’ve decided to document things a bit, create a personal resource to log my development as a visual crafter and to keep photos and such organized and available to me for reference I hope my missteps will help others either as a precautionary tale or at least to provide a good laugh. 🙂
I’d love to have you join me and feel free to weigh in on my quest. Whatever you do, though, treat yourself to a crafty life. You only live once. Might as well have a blast doing it.