A few weeks back, a mighty package showed up at my door. The UPS man said, "I've got one heavy box for you." Turns out 100+ yards of fabric is kind of clunky. My Domestic Bliss sample yardage had arrived! I was giddy. I thanked the delivery man, put the box aside and then I got busy. Not busy sewing, as you might expect, but busy at life. There was Halloween and a trip to Chicago. There was studio rearranging, all thrown in with a busy toddler and, well, my poor box of neglected Domestic Bliss sat staring at me from across the room, trying her hardest to fake a smile and not appear disappointed. But, yesterday during the bleary rain, I got to work with it and let me tell you, I am over the moon with this collection. There are 8 different prints and 27 bolts in all. In my absolute favorite colors; pink, plum and aqua with accents of red and goldenrod, it is bright and full of, well, BLISS!
Domestic Bliss will be in stores and available for order online in December. There is a nice sneak peek over at Fabricworm. We played and played yesterday, and when I awoke this morning, this was taped to my now more spacious studio floor.
Creating this collection was an intense balancing act as it was my first bit of work done as a mother. Rylie was 3 months old while it was all coming together. Somehow the visions I had during pregnancy of my baby sleeping happily in the bassinet by my side while I worked, were not being realized. I knew just then that my long, indulgent, and completely absorbing hours of solitude to work on projects were definitely a thing of the past. Since Rylie was born, I have been learning a whole new way. The single most important thing I've learned: surrender. Surrender like crazy. It is with surrendering my rigid ways of thinking and doing that I have been able to adapt to a new way of working, a new way of life. It is with changing my mind, attitudes, habits, patterns and beliefs that I have created space to see things differently and to try a new approach. And trust me, it is a process. A path that is always changing, moment to moment, and I am learning the importance of remaining, or becoming I should say, fluid, flexible, open.
When I think about how much my life has changed since I left my job in corporate America just over 2 years ago, I can't help but feel a bit of pride and tons of joy. I work much harder now than I ever did before - morning, noon and night to be sure - but every single bit of what I do sings to my soul and is fulfilling in a way that I never knew existed. I didn't know work could be like this. It is a constant juggle that requires me to focus and be precisely present in each moment in order to troubleshoot, problem solve, and many times, to pause, reflect, and appreciate the beauty in the chaos. Each day, a brand new adventure, but one that I anticipate with open arms and open heart.