Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of Sundays sewing. It’s a great way to feel creative, although I must confess that I don’t always come up with the ideas myself.
Today, for example, witnessed a collaboration between my friend Corey and I, resulting in this darling little “nautical-but-nice” number for brand-spanking new baby Jude.
Because even newborns should feel like they live in the Hamptons
Those who know Corey and I will also know that we never collaborate on anything (except for Simpsons quotes and a capella versions of nineties pop anthems), so this is proof positive that babies bring people closer together. In this case, they bring people with style (like Corey) together with people with time on their hands and a mild obsession with babies (like me).
The Mandii Designs website I released on my 29th birthday, as my second Top 30 list item, is going gangbusters. I don’t make much money from it, but that was never my intention. Since its release I’ve had a steady stream of requests for one-off designs, and it has been so much fun turning those designs into reality. Usually the ideas come from the parents/doting family and friends themselves rather than me, which is just as well considering I am not an ideas man… or indeed an ideas Mandii.
My writing course yesterday was a big eye-opener as to just how real this problem is for me. My parents must have been too effective in teaching me to do what I’m told because, at 29 years of age, that’s pretty much all I can do. Completing this list is a perfect example! I’m happy to get out there and tick off items suggested by everyone else… but God forbid I should have to come up with an idea of my own!
Writing a book is already proving to be a massive challenge. I have a few ideas swirling around up there, but as soon as I write them down they cease to make any sense whatsoever.
Joining me in yesterday’s writing class was another aspiring author who was brave enough to read aloud from her finished work. The writing was questionable at best, but the real clincher was that, at two minute intervals during the reading, this 60+ year old woman would hold up her own child-like drawings to match the text. The woman running the course (a highly successful publisher with decades of experience) bluntly, but very helpfully, suggested that she “stick to the writing”.
I’m telling you, it was like “freak night” on Australian Idol in there!
It got me to thinking, however, “What if I suck at writing books and I should really just stick to documents”? As we know from Idol, it’s not enough to want to be able to do something… you have to actually have some talent as well.
For now I will stick with it and keep plugging away. I remain hopeful that God will take pity on me and strike me with sudden inspiration in time to complete the challenge. Until then I’ll stick to collaborating with more creative types.
Maybe some of their genius will rub off on me.
I’m curious to know, what talent do you wish you had?