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What are you passionate about?

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling ~Fabienne Fredrickson

Fear and discomfort can paralyze you unless you choose to lean into your passion. When opportunity knocks, you are tempted to answer, right? Opening that door will be scary, will make your palms sweat, but may ultimately push you toward what you’ve been ignoring.

The things you are passionate about are actually your calling. When I decided to write my first book, I couldn’t help but wonder if I really knew enough about creating knitting patterns. Would people be able to follow along? Would I lose them? Would they love my style?

I realized that I DID know what I was doing. I WAS doing it. I had (still have) a successful Etsy shop, my blog had (still has) a strong following, I was doing interviews with successful creatives, and working my life was full.

My passion was my calling and I believe, to this day it still is. My books, Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On, are still going strong. They are found on Amazon, and will be added to my Etsy shop where my fans of my patterns can have them, as well.

I’ve recently tried a new adventure. Real Estate. For those that know me, and those that are just getting to know me, know that I’m realistic, emotional, passionate, sociable, grounded, adapt well to a situation, outgoing, though far removed from the “typical” real estate professional.

Oh, I wanted to be the best real estate agent in the worst way. I would spend the day at the office, look at properties online, send out handwritten notecards. People often ask me, why did you get into real estate? Well, my answer is always the same…HGTV.

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I love the glamour side of showing a buyer a property, helping the seller get to the point to be able to list their home. But, what others don’t show/tell is the other side of real estate. The scary contracts, the negotiating and more negotiating, knowing your role, feeling a sense of concern for your sellers/buyers when it’s not going so well, being accused of putting words of others in their mouth, being so stressed out that my body struggles to stay well, and most importantly, for me, is challenge in making everyone happy. Because, as we know, that is utterly impossible.

The emotional side to all this is real. It’s a hard job. No, I’m not afraid of hard work, but honestly, the older I get the more I realize it’s on my terms. I come from a hospice nursing background where my job was to console and educate families losing loved ones.

Why do I mention that? That’s who I am. Whether I want to challenge that or not. I love who I am. I love the person I’ve become as I’ve gotten older. I just don’t love being stressed over something that’s not in my control.

Well, nothing is actually. 🙂

Today was an eye opener for me. I’m not sure where it came from, but it came through pretty loud this morning. I’m not about to ignore it.

Blogging is my passion; it’s something I’ve neglected because of the recent job shift. I’m about to find a way to take this passion of writing and put it into something that will help others see their passion, live through mine, and be a part of a community that feeds into a creative side.

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Because that’s what’s important, right? And, the reason you follow me here. Thanks for that!

What’s next, Deb, you’re probably wondering? Please stay tuned and find out. I’m sure it will be creative and involve a lot of knitting and writing.

So, for now, friends, decide what you’re passionate about. It may just be your calling.

Hugs,

Deb

 

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Creative Journey

Hello Creative Friends!

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How do you describe a creative journey, or better yet, YOUR creative journey?

Creative journey can have many meanings. One which describes what it does, how it makes one feel, or how it helps one learn their strengths.

For me it’s inspiring others to create something that brings them joy, maybe relieves a bit of stress, or just allows them creative freedom. It’s what makes me happy. It’s what drives my day. If you’ve been following for awhile, or you’re new to my blog, you will have seen me go from writer to knitter to designer to author. I threw in some quilting, as that’s always a go-to for me. Then I discovered coloring and drawing. That led me down a path to learn more about micron pens and what else I could do with them. And oh, did I mention the beautiful lines you can draw with KOI markers?

I’ve been on a creative path for quite some time. It has allowed me to play with different mediums, bring new friends into my world, and even opened my eyes to a new form of art. I have so much to share in the way of this journey, yet I want to hold back a bit, as this may be my next WIP (book). There’s something in me that feels I need to bring my story to life. You may be interested, you may not. Either way, it will be a journey in itself.

A written journal of sorts, maybe blog style. I do love to write, so for me, this journey will be filled with pictures, projects and words of wisdom.

I found this and had to share. Oh, but look at the lettering. One of my favorite pasttimes is to figure out a different way to write a word. Hand Lettering how-to videos are my constant youtube obsession.

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So what brings you joy? What drives your day? Your Creative Journey?

Let’s discuss…

Create a Creative Journey all your own and find your joy!

~Deb

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Embracing my LoPsIdEd Thinking

I really thought my blogging days were over.

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I wanted to title this blog post, Embracing my Crazy, but, well…I didn’t want you all thinking I was crazy. *smiling*

 

This past year, I found myself reflecting on how my journey began…

as a knitter, then learning the ins and outs of being a designer, then starting a business and beginning the next phase of my life. It really was the next phase. I left a nursing career in 2008 and went blindly into a creative field.

A BIG step. Learning to think with the right side of my brain rather than my left. Though, both work together in my world.

I was excited to see what was next. Where my creativity would take me. Etsy was my first business venture. Online was a safe place where I could show the (virtual) world what I was selling. October 2009 was the grand opening of Dishcloth Diva Knits On. Who knew the name of my store would one day be the title of my book(s). 

Even though I was ready for a change, I was excited to see where it would take me next. “Oh, the places you’ll go“, I kept telling myself. Or maybe, hoping. I was filled with doubts of, can I do this, and I want to be like (this designer). Comparing yourself is so easy at times, yet it fills you with self doubt and , can I be as good as them, type of questions.

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In 2012, I felt in my heart it was time to produce a book, Dishcloth Diva, geared toward those beginner knitters that I was teaching to knit. Their enthusiasm was contagious and often left me feeling proud of them for accomplishing this craft. Then in 2013, just one year later, Dishcloth Diva Knits On was published.

This past summer, thoughts of closing my Etsy shop quickly surfaced. I was facing burnout, and it was happening quickly. I was suddenly faced with mental turmoil and how or if, I could turn this around. It continued to get worse.

And then, late summer, I was introduced to coloring. Adult Coloring Books. My husband, Mr. Engineer, ordered one from Amazon. I remember him coloring down in our studio with these crazy cool markers. Oh boy! I became instantly curious. Maybe I could do this and take my mind off of my burnout. That led to drawing, then art classes online. Coloring offers me a place to go where nothing but me and my pencils/pens live. The stress of the day melts away. Have you tried it? Oh, you SO should!

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So, I’m coming back. Blogging is my way of being creative. And I have so much more in me. It’s helped me to grow and love writing, though writing has always been a part of me. Etsy will remain open, though I’ve narrowed it down to a pattern shop only. A (creative) type of nonfiction is being developed.

I’ve made a long list of topics to cover. Some will be short. Some will be “are you ever going to stop writing?”.

My message (or theme/motto) for 2016 is #inspiringacreativelife. I hope you’ll jump on my wagon and # along with me. I’m on Instagram as well. Come follow. My days will be filled with fun pictures of all things creative to include: knitting, designing, coloring, drawing and even sewing. I love my life and everyday am thankful for what I have, for the gifts I receive, and the talents that live inside me.

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Take care and remember, being creative is NoT a hobby, it IS a way of LiFe. #inspiringacreativelife

~Deb

 

 

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Random Thoughts and Rants about Knitting

Good Morning knitters & crocheters!

It’s Spring! Finally…

The part of the year where mother nature becomes a bit confused. A little snow, hail, rain, lightening, thunder, and the sun pops out a bit every day. But, it’s Spring!

Spring also brings new design ideas. New business ideas.

I’m currently working with a few yarn companies in getting beautiful fibers to pair with my patterns. There will be kits available in my Etsy shop SOON. It’s getting the yarn, knitting it up in that yarn, and then kit(ting) it. Is that even a word? *smiling*

My newest design, Timeless, will be the first to be available. I’ll be getting the yarn today, so be watching for it over the weekend. I don’t want you to be frightened of this design. So many of my customers look at it and say, It looks hard. I design for the novice in mind, so you can be assured, I’ve written the directions in a way you will understand them and be successful at it. You may even see a video (my first, eek…) on how to do the cable row. Seriously, friends, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.

I’m also crocheting again. This craft was where I began. I have always enjoyed the fact that there is only one hook and your yarn. I once had made-to-order dishcloths in my Etsy shop, then when I became too busy to keep up with the demand, I took them out. Well…my crochet ready-to-ship dishcloths are back. They are in sets of 3 and 4, and reasonable priced. They are going well. More sets, to include a new Spring line, will be added. Summer is coming as well.  Come have a peek…

What else…

Oh! I have another book idea. I know, right?! I may have told you already, but, this one will be a story paired with patterns. Now, to find just the right design idea(s) to go with the storyline.

I’m doing Vickey Howell’s KAL on her Facebook Page. You know, as busy as I am, there’s still time for a bit of fun. I love doing this, and the pattern is a cute poncho. I haven’t knit one of these in a while, or perhaps ever, so I’m making the small one for my granddaughter and the adult one for Me. Or mommy is she wants. But we will match.

SIDESTRIPED PONCHO

If you own the current issue of Knit Simple, the pattern is in there. If you don’t, you can purchase it for $5 HERE. It’s well written, as you’d expect, and you get 3 different sizes for that price. I always look at the the added value when purchasing. Also, they’ve gone to the trouble to take out errors to prevent further errata. So, value added. The yarn used is her own. Bernat Sheep(ish) Stripes. It’s lovely to work with. Soft, knits well, and doesn’t split. And the stripes? Are you kidding me? *love*

Vickey Howell has been my idol since Knitty Gritty. That show took me from being a novice knitter to being the knitter that said, Hey, I can do that. So, this gal is fantastic. I do hope you will jump in, we are only ONE day into this KAL.

I think that’s it for today. I plan on updating you often with my thoughts, designs, and ideas.

So, for now,

Knit On!

Deb

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Storytelling, Knitting, and more

Hello Knitters!

I’ve been pondering all week.

What my next project will be. Do I write a story/novel? Do I create an ebook? Maybe a few new patterns. Do I…Oh the things I could do.

I write. I knit. I drink coffee. I drink tea. I love a good book (which you’ll hear about at the end). I love yummy yarns.

So, I decided to put them all together and create a short story and pair it with a few NEW patterns. I’m excited about this short story and I’m sure you will be too. It will be a fast read, yet fulfilling.

I can’t share the details (just yet), though I will tell you it’s set in a small town bookstore.

So, setting notes are complete. I’m working on the details of the rest. Characters are being sketched out. *smiling* I can’t wait to share with you.

I mentioned I read a great book recently. It’s called The Storied Life Of A.J. Fickry. I have been searching for that one book that could take me away for hours. After many failed attempts, I found it.

It was the one book that inspired my thoughts. In a small way, but in a way no less.

Click the link and head over to Amazon to read the details. It’s about a small town bookseller and his life. It has humor, romance, a touch of suspense. Friendships lost. New ones begin. Second chances at love. Book lovers will love this book.

So, my friends, stay close to this blog as I will be giving bits and pieces of my current WIP–short story meets knitting patterns.

Knit On!

Deb
designer/knitter/author/writer
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Write with Passion (and Knit)

The minute I sat down to write this post, every cotton-pickin’ thought I had just ran for the open window.

No, this isn’t really what happened, it’s the story starter to a romance novel that continues to roll around in that head of mine. She’s a writer and a knitter. Brilliant, huh? She struggles with blogging. 
Sound familiar?

Everyone who blogs struggles with content, or at least some do. My character sure does. She’s a romantic at heart, finds much comfort through knitting, and writes about the oddest things. She can’t find a boyfriend to save her life, and has a corgi she talks to like a human being.

Poor girl.
Details later.
So, as I always say,
Knit On! (or in this case, Write On!)

Deb