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Finding my creativity

Recently I won a contest on Teresa Levine's blog for a set of handmade notecards. Aren't they cute? Teresa sells beautiful handspun and dyed yarns and fibers.


I've already mailed three of them out. Thanks Teresa - what a treat!

Teresa also kindly sent me a bit of fiber. It's beautiful and I can't wait to spin it. If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed all my mentions of yarn and spinning lately. Learning to spin yarn has been on my list of things to do for several years now; I've just never found the time. But then I lost my job and that freed up some of that precious time! Now I'm thinking that losing my job was a good thing. Imagine that! After 4+ years, editing someone else's poorly written words had gotten more tiresome than anything.

A couple of weeks ago, I was on twitter and found out that one of my contacts was upgrading her spinning wheel and selling her old one. I bought it and am overjoyed to find something I completely love to do. I'm practicing every spare moment that I have. I've taken one class so far and am planning on taking another one this summer. I hope to add handspun yarns to the Etsy shop I want to start stocking by August 1st (or earlier?). I also plan to have some photo prints there and who knows what else? I've got a million ideas (well, 10 ideas, but that's enough for now).

I never thought of myself as a creative person because I can't draw or paint and I don't scrap or sculpt or sew. I got a camera because I wanted to take pictures of my baby girl, but photography has really been my gateway to a more creative life. Knitting was my next step, and now spinning. I have found that I am, indeed, creative.

How blessed I am.


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I am so excited for you, and can't wait to see what you come up with!! Congrats on your spinning adventure!


that's great that you're finding something you love to do!

rachel whetzel

SEE?!?! I FREAKING TOLD YOU!!! I knew you were a creative soul. I KNEW IT!! I was JUST thinking to myself YESTERDAY, when I got that little card in the mail... Maya should become a PHOTOGRAPHER!! Seriously. I was thinking about how Travis' job came about because he got laid off years ago... and how sometimes we NEED that to move into a place where we are happy... Here's to YOU and your new endeavor!! I know you'll have a kick ass shop!!


oh wow - a spinning wheel, how fun! i can't wait to see pictures of the lovely yarn you're creating!

Kristi aka FiberFool

Funny how the creativity works, isn't it? I started with rubberstamping (because I thought I couldn't draw), moved to mixed media and bookbinding, added in knitting and spinning because I liked to use fibers in my mixed media, then added photography (again for mixed media and also for the blog). They all build upon and feed each other! Congrats, and don't hesitate to ask me questions. I'm more than happy to help :-)


maya, this is so exciting! I can't wait to hear about all of your spinning creativity, and see it, too!

The 6 O'Clock Stitch

How exciting! I saw a magazine at Barnes and Noble on spinning the other day and I was completely intrigued. It's on my list as well.


One of my neighbors spins her own wool and I think she's the coolest woman in town, so you must be the coolest woman in your town now!

renee @ FIMBY

I feel the same way about photography. It opened me up creatively and I discovered that yes, I am creative.


10 ideas always feels like a gazillion!

spread your wings

you are indeed creative! you're an incredible photographer and knitter. I can't wait to see your shop.
i used weave and enjoyed it so much. I didn't spin much but I learned how and I even dyed my own yarn with natural substances. When I was doing that a LONG time ago, my dad even wanted to get me my own sheep. Haha.
I bet you'll have a lot of fun with it.


Lovely M, creativity is more in the heart than head :) Best wishes to you and let your etsy shop be filled with things and looooooooots of people to buy :)


Isn't it great how one thing just leads to another? From photography to spinning yarn, pretty dang cool. And maybe that twitter thing isn't so bad after all...I might have to rethink that one. =)

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of COURSE you are creative. silly girl. just look at you!

having just spent the evening making various cards, I very much appreciate the already completed one in your photo. ;)


I never thought of you as un-creative. I'm so glad you've found your calling.

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