A friend made a remark about a question I once posed, ” What space do you call your own”? It got me to thinking about how not only will our spaces look different but it may not be a sewing or quilting space but a gardening or cooking, or photo shoot space. The kind or size of our space is not what is important. Having one is. And the space is more than a specific location.
As a sewer/quilter/crafter I have not always had a space. Not a dedicated space, nor a space carved out in time for me.
When I did do anything for me, I would have to pull everything out every time I wanted to sew and put it all back before I was done. I’ve had more “permanent” spaces such as a snack tray, on a porch, a kitchen table and even the top of a dresser. When I was able to dedicate a table and a part of a room just to sewing I thought all the best things in life had come to me. Now I have a space bigger than I ever dreamed of having. And yet I keep dreaming for more. More time, more room (a larger room in a sunroom, over looking a lake – a gal can dream can’t she), more possibilities (with a place to sit and hand sew and enjoy the changing seasons). More, lots of more….
But I don’t have to have more. I would still quilt with less and I do….
….a small space in my camper where the stove top doubles as a ironing table and the bed is my design wall…
….I have a small portable bag that goes in the car with me…
I also know if all of it were taken away from me, I would find a way to fulfill my passion. As a child long before I discovered needle and thread, I would pull long grasses and weave them into placemats. Colored pencils and paper were enough to create designs (I still use graph paper today). Cereal boxes were used to make paper dolls and board games. So I know that I would find a way to fulfill my passion.
Regardless of the “how much” physical space I have, I’ve learned that I need “time”space more and it is harder to come by.
Recently while camping with my daughter and family she asked what I would want my later years to look like? Who/where would I want to live? I told her if I didn’t have my mind then put me in a nursing home. Otherwise I would prefer to live with her vs. a nursing home. I told her that while I would miss my studio, just give me a needle and thread and fabric and I will be content.
Have you made space for yourself?
Time space for you? Physical space?
Enjoying my space, content in my space and dreaming of more on the journey, Jackie