The Holiday Season can unfold in unexpected ways. Some years, I’ve run out of inventory in the single shop where I had some work on display. Other years, I’ve questioned the sanity of trying to sell my work. In the end, I always come to the conclusion that my creative work is inevitable. I am drawn to it, no matter the outcome. In the long run, I believe this is the sanest path.
This week was uplifting and I will ride on its spirit for a long time. One of the special Holiday Llamas I delivered to Sweet Grass Gallery sold within 24 hours. That is the sort of outcome that makes every idea and effort to bring it to life worthwhile.
A few days ago, I received a request for a custom gift pouch for a 1 lb honey jar. In fact, I was asked to produce six of these. Not only that, but I was free to create them from the heart; without any constraint on design, shape, size or color.
That little spark of unconditional trust made the pouch appear in my mind’s eye with absolute clarity. I just could not wait to give it life. First, I went on a small road trip to purchase a honey jar of the actual size and shape so I could work around the real thing. Confession: I had indulged in many spoonfuls even before I cut any fabric.
I frequently stop at the Goodwill store to explore the linen department and inevitably find great treasures to use in future projects. I had just secured a beautiful floral print, as well as a classy red velvet remnant I knew I needed to set aside for a special project. I was not surprised one bit when, upon figuring out measurements for the six pouches, I discovered that these pieces of fabric provided the exact dimensions I needed, with little but an inch left over. Of course, this meant no room for error.
I rarely draw a new item before I begin to create it. I prefer to explore it in the multi-dimensional space of my mind, especially if it is a functional object, like these pouches. This is what I put together after mentally assembling the various materials I felt would bring the honey pouches to life to my satisfaction.
The velvety base was designed to come up against the sides to add a cheerful accent. The twine is secured by a simple button in the back of the pouch. I chose a more ornate button for the front. A simple knot and bow suffice to secure the pouch around the honey jar. The twine is anchored under the front button, simply. The bouffant style conveys playfulness and a spirit of abundance and giving.