Giveaway: Sewn by Hand
One of the greatest impediments to my sewing is the hauling-out-and-threading-of-the-sewing machine. Each time, I have to read the directions and take it one slow step at a time. Sewn by Hand is the very beautiful antidote to that. Another antidote: the author herself. In this Q&A, Susan Wasinger reminds me that the effort of creation is an offering back to the world. I hope she inspires you to create beauty in your own corner of the world in whatever way feels right for you. Enter to win the giveaway by leaving a comment with an answer of your own to any of the giveaway questions (whichever one strikes your fancy) by midnight EST Friday April, 15. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck, and happy beauty-making!
What most inspires you to create, to write, to live well?
I have been given many lucky things in my life. I’ve had a great family, incredible friends, and I’ve been lucky enough to live in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. I feel like the way to honor all of that good fortune is by working hard, and taking on creative challenges, and spreading around the things others have taught me. When I get cranky about how full my inbox is or all the impending deadlines, I remind myself how often the fortunes have smiled on me, how often jewels have been laid at my feet. It would be unthinkable not to pick up those boons and blessings and hand them on to others.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Well my daughter picked this up in her travels through the world and I think it is very good advice: “It will all turn out okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.” The other good advice is that you have to show up. You have to stand up, go out, and meet your life. It is no good sitting around thinking about things you want to do, places you want to go, the person you want to be when you grow up. You have to make that effort, and take that first step, even if sometimes that first step is a real leap.
What’s your ideal day look like?
First a big breakfast (that hopefully involves biscuits or pancakes and also fresh strawberries), a mountain bike ride with my dog and my husband, lots of sun streaming into my studio with some beautiful, newly-made projects to photograph, everybody around the dinner table at night fervently dissecting the day’s events and solving the world’s problems, help with the dishes, then staying up late (till the night goes quiet), to answer emails from my dear ones scattered all over the globe.
What’s on your bedside table?
At the moment, I am doing my annual re-read of Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa. This book is full of wisdom and insight and grace. It illustrates lovingly the end of a certain world and shows us the beginnings of our modern one. This book is not at all politically correct, but throughout it, Dinesen looks into the soul of things– of places and animals and humans– and time and time again, she finds majesty and beauty and good.
Update 4/18: And the winner is Katie! Thanks so much to everyone for entering!