Sometimes I think I lost my identity in my divorce several years ago, but I think I lost more of my identity when I stopped smocking. I discovered and fell in love with smocking in 1998. My first smocked dress was Hannah's 4-year-old birthday dress. I was hooked from my very first stitch. For the next 9 years, I smocked nonstop. I smocked lots of things for Hannah, and then Timothy came along and I smocked even more for him.
Early in 2000, I set my sites on getting my smocking published in Sew Beautiful magazine http://www.marthapullen.com/sb/sewbeautiful.html). In 2002, I started a local smocking guild, The Emerald Coast Smocking Guild when the town I moved to did not have a smocking guild. In 2003, I began to pursue publication in Sew Beautiful Magazine. I was able to work with the magazine to have our local smocking guild featured in the Easter 2005 issue. I even designed a smocking plate that was featured in the magazine.
By 2007, Timothy had outgrown smocked outfits, and I put my smocking supplies away, and with that, I put a part of me away. I resigned myself to doing what most other moms do when their children outgrow their smocking..... I took up quilting. Now, don't get me wrong. I like quilting. I *love* quilts. They're works of art. However, I am not very good at it. I've been working at it for quite some time, but it just doesn't come as naturally to me as smocking did.
Now here I am -- it's 2010. I am newly married to a wonderful man who is very supportive and encouraging of me enjoying my creative hobbies. So... what do you do when you love to smock, but your children have outgrown it?