Thank you so much for all who voted for me and left me words of encouragement and support week after week during Project Run & Play.
I got third place which I sincerely think is pretty great. I have a sweet prize package to ‘go home’ with, but honestly, that is not even close to the reason why I accepted the invitation to do PRaP. Long story short: I was invited to do it a couple months in advance, I gave a tentative yes, then I posted about how overwhelmed I was having three kids and that my blogging was going to have to adjust, contemplated backing out of PRaP, but in the end felt compelled to do it for me. I knew my blog would have to be neglected even more, but I wanted to see if I could really do it. If I could push through my many fears of failure. It felt like now or never. I’m so glad I chose now.
It was for those reasons I originally started my blog in the first place. Blogging has pushed me to grow creatively and try things I’ve always wanted to try. It’s helped me to feel more comfortable being me, which I struggled with a lot and sometimes still do.
PRaP has blessed my life in similar ways. As I made it through each week, the mental mountains I struggled to climb, got steeper and steeper.
I remember staring at a half made jacket during boy week, convincing myself that I just couldn’t do it. I had never made anything close to that difficult before, what made me think I could do it for PRaP without a straight forward pattern to follow (I had to modify a pattern for it to qualify)?
Somehow I pushed through the surmounting doubt and proved to myself that I need to stop being my own worst enemy.
Thank you to Elizabeth and liZ who invited me to participate. I will always feel indebted to them for believing that I could actually participate in this competition.
Thank you to my fellow competitors. It was such a joy sewing along with such talented, kind women. My special thanks to Lindsay (who I never got to say bye to after round 5, I loved every one of her looks), Heidi, and Hayley (who were so kind and inspiring through the whole competition).
Thank you to my dear friends, who acted as my sounding board when I felt like I was losing my sewing mind. I miss having my phone buzz every few hours with texts asking how I’m doing. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have friends like them.
A BIG thank you to my husband. Having a baby, especially one who doesn’t sleep or nap well, during this competition was a big struggle. He stepped in to help with her when he could (I still exclusively nurse), he made dinner most nights, played laundry and dishes fairy and was my biggest cheerleader. The first three weeks weren’t too bad. I kept up with the kids and basic dinners and general cleaning. Once boy week hit though, it became a family effort to get me through. I have never felt so loved by my husband and kids before, to see them rallying around me helping me make it to the end. It took intense effort in the last few days before the end, since my husband had to be out of town for several days as I prepared for the finale.
This whole process has been so rewarding and so completely exhausting. Exhausting in a way you don’t understand until you’ve been through it. I definitely underestimated all that it would take before coming in.
So…I didn’t win in votes, but I won in a lot of other ways.
I hate to sound dramatic, but this competition has changed my life. I feel so empowered to do more, creatively, than I ever have before. I’m positively excited about what I want to create now that PRaP is over.
My goals when I started were: 1. Make it past the first week 2. Push myself and try new things.
I am pleased to say I reached my goals.
For starters, here is a list of all the things I learned during Project Run & Play that I had never done before: (starting from look one)
Installing an exposed zipper (had only done invisible before now). Making a shift dress. Making a baby cardigan. Using twill tape. Cutting bias strips. Sewing a baby jacket. Sewing an asymmetrical closure. Sewing a mock turtleneck. Sewing leather baby Mary Janes. Perfecting the French knot. Sewing gathered baby shorts. Creating a back cut out in a dress. Sewing a lined jacket. Sewing a boy’s T-shirt with ribbing. Sewing a working welt pocket. Installing metal eyelets (easy and so fun!) and snaps (not as easy and annoying). Sewing lined skinny pants with an upper, a waistband and pockets with a top flap. Installing a button fly. Creating my own eyelet cut outs. Creating a long sleeve dress. A peter pan collar. Making baby tights. Self drafted butterfly wings. Custom fitting baby shoes. Installing a working zip fly. Belt loops. Sewing with bias tape. Box pleated sleeves and tunic.
The only difference in before PRaP and now, is that I tried.
I sincerely hope that inspires you to try too. You are capable of greatness. Go for it!
So, it’s back to real life…
Here’s our first planned, prepared, well rounded sit down dinner since PRaP ended. It felt so good to not be eating Little Caesars Pizza …again! :)
I’ll be showing my ‘face’ around here a bit more as well. I even have a fun (but laid back) series coming up that I hope you’ll enjoy. I know some of you have asked about tutorials and such. I have plans for some posts about some (not all) PRaP projects in the future. It just might be a while.
I’ve also taken upon myself a little bit more sewing drama – the boys’ Halloween costumes! They have been VERY specific this year. I hope I can pull it off! : /
Eight more days until Halloween. Are you ready or are you scrambling like me? I actually only have four days because we have a carnival to attend! Yikes! Life…
Hope your day was splendid.
Thank you again for all your love and support.