|I'm Jane and I'm a Pattern Addict|
What brought about this revelation? Three things have affected me this week:
1. I've been doing a lot of cleaning and sewing room reorganizing. But no actual sewing. That makes me a little cranky and feeling unfilled.
2. That reorganization forces me to really look at how much time I spend curating my stuff. Let's face it, that's what I'm doing. Categorizing, maintaining, dusting, filing. In the process I was deciding about the next JAM projects. But when I look at many of those patterns, they simply do not reflect me and what I actually wear. Huh, those oversized, artsy jackets with dropped shoulders and no darts. Nice illustrations and great on someone else but just not my style. Or too, too many similar princess seamed jacket wardrobe patterns that look alike when they're next to each other.
3. I've also been pet sitting for neighbors over the last nine days and turned on Oprah when I visited their home yesterday afternoon. I watched the first half of the show with Tom Shadyac, the Hollywood producer who has dramatically downsized his life in his search for greater meaning and purpose. Powerful show and I'm eager to see his documentary, I Am. It reminded me of the wonderful book, What Happy People Know by Don Baker. The point was that after a certain amount of financial security, additional things don't bring extra gratification. That's how I'm feeling about my pattern collection right now. It's weighing me down, not inspiring and challenging me.
So, how do you feel about your pattern collection?