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I Am Dabbler
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 01/20/2011 - 05:15
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I have decided to embrace my inner Dabbler! Being a Dabbler is OK.
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When I was growing up, being labeled as a Dabbler held a certain negative connotation - someone who was a jack of all trades and master of none so to speak. Being able to do and enjoy many things was somehow viewed as less desirable than being a master - the best of the best - at one thing.
Being a master - a life long focus on one thing - just never worked for me - still doesn't!
Certainly my "crafty life" would be much simpler if I were traveling in just one direction. As a dabbler, I am often traveling in ten directions - sometimes more!
Truthfully, sometimes I find myself overwhelmed - do I want to spend time on that lovely winter white weaving that has been sitting half finished for three months; or practice, practice, practice making a wheat straw swirl; or cut out and sew the lovely Forager Bag; make more Danish paper cut ornaments and that terribly complicated but oh so beautiful tree; or start the first holiday quilt block for a holiday quilt that I have been brainstorming for the past two years.
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My book marks are stuffed full - more projects book marked than I could ever possibly make. (Diane nearly fainted when she saw my virtual "stash" in bookmarks!)
And there are the "physical" stashes - being a dabbler means I must find space for all manner of stashes - fabric, wheat, tin, yarn for weaving, knitting and embroidery, paints, glitter and glue, paper, beads and wire.
So what is it that makes being a Dabbler so worthwhile?
Learning new skills and then using those skills in creative expression!
It is an eclectic celebration! A celebration of the creative spirit as it finds it own expression in art, craft, cooking, homemaking and in cultural celebrations and traditions.
And the crafty goals of a confirmed Dabbler for this coming year?
Finish my winter white weaving
make a shoulder bag from a Saori weaving
complete my Spoonflower holiday mini-quilts
make Forager Bags
learn to make wheat straw twists
knit another pair of socks and finish my blue knitted hat
and perhaps learn how to carve simple objects like mushrooms and gnomes.
As usual I have bitten off more than I can chew! But why not?