Anyone else, like me, suffer from mild to extreme cases of Attention Deficit Disorder in the Sewing Room (ADDSR)? The title of my journal today, “inspired by distraction” might almost seem like an oxymoron, but it’s true, you can be inspired while being totally distracted.
Inspiration in the midst of distractions can strike at any moment and completely without warning. It tends to happen most often when my brain is flooded with creative ideas that usually are found right in my sewing room! I’ve been known to be inspired by something as little as a dreamy piece of vintage lace oozing out of a drawer.
...or a spilled jar of interesting buttons and buckles!
I can walk into my sewing room to work on a specific project, realize that the room is a total disaster and “Boom!” inspiration suddenly strikes! I might walk past a table of vintage patterns and instantly I am distracted from what I suppose to be working on, and my mind goes into another world. Literally hours can pass, as I dream of which one I want to use and what fabrics I might choose to create it.
A leftover piece of lace, scraps of fabric, ribbon and buttons can distract me in no time flat in thinking up ideas of how I can use those items to create something unique and beautiful. Books & magazines in my sewing room also cause distractions that can also be ohhh sooo inspiring!
Although my sewing room is chocked full of vintage inspiration, it doesn’t have to be vintage things that spark inspiration to create. I get equally inspired by the distraction of awesome stacks of very modern fabric just waiting to be created into something wonderful for my grandsons or a friend's new baby!
I have to admit that I've had ADDSR for years and it only gets worse as technology gets better, you see I also deal with these types of distractions...
ummm, yes, I'm totally not ashamed...that would be sirius xm radio with some inspirational music playing, my iPhone with incoming email, my iPad with Pinterest inspirations and my macbook all up and running at the same time as my "powered by windows" (oh, why can't it be a mac?)Bernina Artista! Yes, I try to convince myself that this is not causing me more distractions....I rather like to think of it as multi-tasking at it best - I mean it's truly a gift, right?!
...to date, there is no known cure of AADSR, but I do hope that
the next time you walk into your sewing room,
you can be inspired by distraction!