Friday, February 17, 2012

NO!

So Leonie, can you make me.....NO
Oh Leonie, you can sew, you should open a shop....NO
Leonie, its my best friends sister in-laws cousins birthday, can you whip up a quilt....NO!!!


It's my "Bugger Off" year.

This year its all about, My needs. My family. My home. My choices. My designs. NOT what everybody else wants me to do or become. Its MY TURN!!

I've become a little SELFISH (tired of living in a home with no hand made treasures because they have all been gifts) and dare I say this out-loud.....I LIKE IT!

Quilt Number 2 for the year is coming off the machine and like quilt number 1..........it's just for me.



This feels good.....I really should have started saying NO earlier.

21 comments:

Angela Pea said...

Good for You! It took me decades to start saying "No" and "It's my turn".

The quilts you've shared so far are just lovely, so cheerful and bright!

Kerry said...

It's a hard skill to master, but sooooo necessary. Good for you!

::The Beetle Shack:: said...

BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!!


much respect to you, selfish lady!

xx

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Yes I agree....good for you xx

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

good on you!!! I have started saying no too. When I do get to sew for leisure I wnat to make something for my family.

katiecrackernuts said...

Yes, you should have. Or, is that no, you should have???

Rachelle said...

I've learned to say NO as well, it took a while, especially to say it to my husband's family, but I can now and if I feel like making something for them I can still do that too.

Tania said...

Ah, ye are an excellent example to us all.

(there's no bloody way I'm giving away the current ripple blanket in progress)...

bec said...

It's funny how you sometimes get that 'look' when you tell people somethings not for sale, or show them you spend time on yourself, well done for embracing it, I hope it lasts many years!

bec said...

It's funny how you sometimes get that 'look' when you tell people somethings not for sale, or show them you spend time on yourself, well done for embracing it, I hope it lasts many years!

Megsie said...

another quilt! and look at those colours..sigh.. so lovely. But i gotta say I would have loved it if you had said YES to the shop:)howbizzare, my word verification was pleasure!

Judy said...

I've started say, 'No, but I will teach you how.' Funny how: One, they don't want to take the time to learn the skills and Two, spend the time to complete the project.

Loving your new quilt!

the textured leaf said...

So...next year when we open our shop...
(sorry couldnt help myself!)
LOve That Quilt.
Have a really good year.
Selfishly inspirational?
x


word verification is 'sacrifices'!?

Miss Prudence said...

I so get this Leonie - I have NOTHING handmade, I have been stupidly guilted into handing it over to others. I am so with you! No no no and bloody no!!! And that goes for looking after everybody else's kid when i never ask others for the same...wow that felt good so say out loud!

Anonymous said...

Its not selfish, it's an investment in you. It's an investment in your family.

Michelle said...

I'm with you. Years ago a friend (who I'd made a quilt for, for her special birthday) told another friend (who I had only met a little while before) to ask me to make her a quilt. So she did, and I said no. She sai "Oh I'll pay" and I still said no. I told her I had limited capacity in my backpain free time to make myself something, let alone a QUILT for someone I barely knew.

I have to feel the love to make something for someone. One of the reasons why I shut down my Etsy store last year!

So go for it. You are not being selfish at all!

Michelle said...

Damn blogger and they're change to the word verification system - took me 5 attempts to get that last comment up as I couldn't read the magical words! ARGH!

It's going to take me a few more to get this comment up too, I suspect.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Well Done!!! That's a tricky thing to master. Am trying a bit of that myself here but I'm not very good at it ..... yet ...

monique's mess said...

No! can be a self affirming word that sometimes takes guts and persistence so that other people understand, handmade is for those you love and for your own pleasure. If you choose to give up your time to assist a worthy cause it shouldn't have to cause you grief and still avail you free time to enjoy the pleasures in life. Well said...NO?

Sally said...

Good for you.

Deb Robertson said...

Good on you!