Are you tired of hearing about Sewing Summit yet? I know that if I hadn’t been able to attend, I might be ready to move on.
And since those ladies have it covered, I kind of feel like I can take some liberties in my sum-up. In fact, it isn’t really a sum up at all. More of a history. A ‘why is it important’ kind of post. A story that starts a few years ago before this blog was even born. I’m going to start my story in this moment:
I hope you don’t mind my going that far back. It is only (almost) three years ago. The addition of our daughter to my little family was wonderful, terrifying, and more than a little bit isolating. She was born on a very snowy night at the beginning of December. Where I live, that means you are advised to keep your littles indoors and away from groups of people, or people who spend time with groups of people. Which I think pretty much covers everyone.
I felt cut off from the world. One day, I could hop in the car and go anywhere I wanted without any fuss, and the next another little life depended on me and my decisions. I couldn’t seem to find a spare moment for going out, and even if I had, snowy Utah winters seem to keep everyone indoors. I found myself spending hours nursing, rocking and consoling my new baby. For the first time, I discovered blogs. Some of the first blogs I read were During Quiet Time and Aunt Spicy, both of whom I found through the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. I’m not sure what inspired me to comment on their blogs. It was probably the palpable loneliness. Whatever it was, I am so glad that I did!
Amy invited me to flickr where I realized that these women were talking through the computer ALL.THE.TIME. An entire community of stay at home mom’s, grandmas, overworked singles and every other demographic was present. They were sewing and swapping and chatting and listening. It was incredible! And for a new mom, it was a breath of heaven. I suddenly found myself surrounded with ‘virtual’ friends.
And then, last year, Erin announced Sewing Summit, a sewing convention for bloggers and friends to step out from behind the screen and meet up. Can you imagine the anticipation of hearing a longtime friend’s voice for the first time? Do you ever wonder what the laugh behind the ‘lol’ sounds like?
So, if I had to share my experience at Sewing Summit, it wouldn’t really be about the sewing. It isn’t that sewing doesn’t happen there. (It does! Lots of it!)
It is just that it isn’t why I go or what I hope to learn about there. For me, it is a chance to be me, Amanda, for just a little while. It gives me a chance to be surrounded with other creative ladies, to laugh and plan and create connections. It gave me a chance to catch my breath.
And then it is gone for another year, but I find myself carrying it with me. I feel resolved to be a better mother, a better blogger, a better friend and neighbor. I want to be more kind, more sensitive, and more patient. I want to be me, but better. Do you know where I am coming from?
So I guess, more than a sum up, this is a ‘thank you’. Thank you, Erin, for putting this together. Thank you to everyone who has and is participating in this crazy, dynamic, inspiring community. Sewing Summit or not, you are an important part of the community and my life. So I’ll just say thank you. And, hopefully, see you next year!
PS: You may have noticed that I was lucky enough to have Melissa critique this little blog in her website design class. She gave me some great pointers, so you may see a little bit of remodeling happening over here. Hopefully when the dust clears, it will be a faster, quicker, foxier place to visit 🙂