Here in blogland, Wednesdays are typically a day we share what we're making. Usually with yarn. But sometimes we share other kinds of making . . . sewing, quilting, painting, embroidery.
For me, in the summer, I don't always have so many of those more "traditional" making kinds of projects to share. Because my time gets eaten up in different ways during the summer months, and I don't find as much time to sit and knit or stitch -- or paint. In fact, just last night I canceled out of my weekly watercolor class. I explained to my instructor that . . . I just didn't have anything to share. I hadn't done my homework. And I didn't think I could sit still long enough for 3 hours to engage with the lesson for the week. (I really shouldn't have signed up for the summer session in the first place. I usually don't. I know better. Oh, well. . . )
I used to feel bad about walking away from my regular pastimes during the summer (holding on to those expectations and arbitrary rules much?), but I don't really anymore.
I've come to accept that I'm just . . . working with another type of fiber.
A different kind of canvas, you might say.
This is my wild-and-woolly, volunteers welcome, follow-no-rules pollinator garden. (It's a certified Monarch Waystation.) It's a great example of a different kind of making -- and it really does tick off all of my "making" boxes. I've got . . .
Playing with color.
Moving my hands in a productive way.
And soothing my soul.
Plus, there is the added benefit of knowing I'm "doing good" by creating a welcoming space for the pollinators of the world!
I may not be able to wear it . . . or gift it . . . or hang it on my wall.
But it's a kind of canvas all the same!
How about you? What are you making this week?
Be sure to visit Kat today . . . for links to the more traditional (and inspiring!) Unraveled kinds of posts!