I have faced the obvious… I have become completely obsessed with needle felting. I pick up my needle and wool at every possible opportunity. I look forward to the little windows in the day when I can ‘get back to’ my creations. I get a lovely big needle felting hour when T has his afternoon nap and K her ‘quiet time’. I can get a lot done in an uninterrupted hour! But most of my work is done after the kids have gone to bed. I am planning what I am going to make, what colour I am going to use, how big she is going to be, etc, even as I am bathing the kids. As soon as their lights are out at 7 pm, my felting stuff is on the table and I am at work. A Good Man is fascinated. He thinks he has never seen me quite so obsessed before, but then I remind him of the ‘breast feeding’ obsession and the ‘sleeping’ obsession and he shakes his head, remembering. He has become quite used to the wonderful sound of the needle punching through the wool as the backdrop to most of our conversations. I think he even enjoys the knowledge that he will find me in the lounge at 7 pm, all ears (no eyes, alas… OUCH that needle hurts!) eager for some company and conversation as I poke, happily, away. I am no longer glued to the TV (usually whatever reality show was on!) asking him to ‘shush’ as what so-and-so was saying was really important. So, needle felting has benefited our relationship.
My new Etsy shop.
January 24, 2009 By 4 Comments
It has also inspired me to be creative with the kids. I see how much enjoyment I get from being creative with my felting and so have encouraged K and T to be creative too. We draw more, colour more, craft more. They love being creative and I love seeing them feeling proud of their creation. My felting has also taught K that handmade things are beautiful. She is my biggest fan and is genuinely amazed at the things I can make. She exclaims, ‘Mommy’ in an awestruck voice whenever I show her something newly finished. I love that she sees the value in something somebody has created, even though it isn’t perfect. Needle felting has added a richness to my children’s characters.
Still, with all the benefits my needle felting has added to our lives, I can’t help feeling guilty for the time I spend on it. There is just so much stuff that I could be doing instead! Cleaning, cooking, admin stuff that I promise I ‘will get around to!’ Plus, there are only so many felted toys a girl and boy can have (trying to minimise excess, not create it!) My felted creations are piling up and I need an outlet. So, I did the obvious… I opened an Etsy shop! Not only am I now new to blogging, I am also new to Etsy. It’s such fun. I am felting for a purpose! I am awaiting my first sale eagerly but just having an outlet for my creations is validation enough. I saw this morning that 3 people have marked me as a favourite on Etsy and I can’t tell you how rewarding that is for me… I feel on top of the world.
So, on with the felting with NO GUILT!