Nourish Your Maker Soul

Posted by Heather Best on

N O U R I S H
verb

1. provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

2. keep (a feeling or belief) in one's mind, typically for a long time.

I don't remember when my love of making things first emerged. I also don't remember a time when I wasn't interested in making things by hand. The act of creating is one of the best ways I know to feed my maker soul.

And I can't stop.

There are times when I feel overwhelmed by whatever it is that I'm doing, and I wonder why I bother? In a world where "make your own" isn't necessarily a money saver, and it's certainly not a time saver I sometimes feel that I could be spending my time and money more wisely. But I'm driven to keep my hands busy making something.

When I feel run down and heavy hearted ( and who doesn't these days?) I turn to the simplest things I know. Making a pot of soup, Sunday breakfast with my family, a blank journal page (no lines for me, please), a favorite skein of yarn, a fresh new pattern, a long day dreamy walk, watercolors, or a relaxing piano piece to learn, and most of all the time to create and experiment.

The N O U R I S H collection update for today was inspired by one of my all time favorite colorways called Decadence. I've dyed this colorway many times before, but this time it turned out a little different than usual. It's Ok. I actually love it even more. Taking a moment to step back from the process of creating something that doesn't turn out the way I expect is good for me. It helps me let go of control and enjoy the journey. Lately I've felt a pull to do more experimenting, and give my self some creative freedom to just try new things. You'll find one of my experiments in the Decadence Tiny Popper mini skein bundles.

a pile a gold, bronze, blackberry, and olive colored mini skeins are being held up in the air by a woman's hand I really had no idea what I was going to end up with when I started this little batch of yarn. I had some dye stock that I needed to use up, and spontaneously decided to turn on an Instagram Live and just see what happened. It was the most freeing and lovely form of play I've experienced in a long time. Not feeling pressured to make something specific allowed my intuition to kick in and just go for it. 
I'm really happy with the results and I can't wait for the next play session at the dye pots. 
Whatever it is that feeds your soul, I hope it's a regular part of your routine. After all there's more than one way to N O U R I S H our minds and bodies.
Happy Making. XX, Heather Jane

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