But I also have an artistic or creative side that isn't satisfied by my profession. For years I've yearned for projects that, unlike research, are concrete and tangible and when I'm done with them I am really done. So I can hold them in my hand and feel like I've completed something. Science is never completed. Answering one question leads to 100 more. And that can be daunting and, at times, it leaves me deeply unfulfilled.
To combat this I sometimes make things or help my friends make things. I've helped my friends with building interactive public art, contraptions for a science faire campaign, art for Burnining Man*, a cat tree, candles, decorative mason jars, DIY cosmetics**. Most recently I've started sewing, or learning how to sew at least. I mostly make clothing, tote bags, and small leather accessories. This is my current obsession and how I spend my weekends and procrastinate work on weekdays.
* The first three make me sound cooler than I am; it's actually my friends that are cool. I just help out when I can
** The next four make me sound like an old cat lady with too many hobbies. Which is closer to the truth :).
My friends and family (mostly my awesome mom) are always asking me what I am making, so instead of spending all this time sending her phone photos of my latest makes and boring her with hour-long play-by-plays of my sewing travails, I decided to make a blog. I wondered what to call it for weeks until one day I just decided to tell the truth. Sewing as it turns out is really, REALLY, hard! The most common thing I make is mistakes. Here you can find my latest creations, pattern reviews and tests, refashion/upcycling and costuming projects, tutorials, various tips I've picked up along the way, and SO so so many mistakes to avoid!
I hope this is a place every sewist can visit and feel better about her or his own mishaps. There are worse cases than yours! I have proof :). Welcome and I hope you say hi!