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I have decided it’s time for me to get back to basics;  so what exactly does that mean?

I have been working feverishly for the past two years on projects, neglecting my designs and the one thing that sustains me – creative expression.  As a Homeopath, I know better but I haven’t slowed down long enough to listen to the messages I’ve been receiving.

It all began before the holidays when everything in my house seemed to break down but didn’t.  Let me explain – my appliances are all fairly new yet just two days before a dinner party my range started making noises, not unlike a motorcycle.  Then the fridge started making similar noises, there was a clogged sink which made it impossible to do my washing.  I was too busy to deal with most of it however, I had no choice but to deal with the clogged sink.

As if that weren’t enough, the flu kept me off my feet for several days causing me to reflect on my life and I realized it was spinning, not out of control but not going in a direction I wanted. The holidays provided me with an opportunity to spend time with friends, people whose company I enjoy, I suddenly realized how much I missed spending time with my friends and doing the things I love.  The strangest thing though was the appliances that I chose to ignore stopped making the noises – without repair.

I decided I needed to freshen up my studio which was in an absolute state of chaos, I decided it was time for a colour change as well – red and white.  Then I began to purge, 3 trips to the dump later and I’m almost ready to get back to work.

Painting the walls also made me realize I wanted new art to put on the walls.  My oldest son has an innate talent but my youngest son started painting more recently and has become just as talented.  People would say they got that from me, I assure you they did not, they got that from my father.  I, however, hate not being able to do things I want to do so I enrolled in an art class.  Art, like fashion is subjective – you either like a person’s work or you don’t so I wasn’t terribly intimidated by the awesome work that the other students created.  My piece was nothing like the others, not as good but what it did for me was open me up to the possibilities.  I also realized I didn’t have the proper tools and you can’t create anything without the right tools.

My studio renovation is almost complete, I’ve decided the flooring needs to be changed and as soon as the weather permits I will be making a trip to IKEA to get a couple of pieces that will not only allow me to store but to display my fabric and then it’s back to basics – back to designing.  I received an email from a gal who modelled one of my designs at my fashion show last year, she commented on how much her dress was like the one that Adele wore at the Grammy’s this year, she said I was ahead of my time.   It’s time to get back to doing what I love – being expressive through design.

I’ve come to the conclusion that life is too short not to spend it doing what you love, with people that inspire you and make your heart sing.  So I’ve resigned from the projects that have taken time away from what’s important to me.  Stay tuned for what’s next, I promise it won’t be dull.

In the meantime, Keep Creating!