I’ve written before whining and moaning about my writing difficulties and insecurities. But have I told you about the other things that I'm passionate about? For one, I like to make jewelry. I find myself staring at women in the street, the bus, the train or when I’m out to lunch. No, not that way; I’m looking at their jewelry and trying to deconstruct it with my eyes so that I can figure out how it was made. Then decide that I can do that.
Another passion of mine is Archery and I try to enjoy the sport whenever I can. Sadly it isn’t as often as I would want, but I try to do it once a month. I’m also passionate about Halloween and love to dress up and make my own costumes which can be a bit time consuming.
Next up on the list of passions is that I like to go to The Renaissance Faire. Last year, I dressed up in a blue Renaissance gown and pretended to be a Princess. I had my hair braided with flowers and gave a slight bow of the head when the occasional peasant curtsied before me saying “My Lady”. I really enjoyed that part. Soon, it’ll be time to go again so I started looking online for a new gown because a girl, I mean a Princess, can’t go to The Renaissance Faire two years in a row wearing the same gown. It’s a rule, look it up. It’s in the guidebook of Renaissance Faire etiquette that I made up.
I found several gowns that I liked but unfortunately they were priced a bit beyond my budget. Apparently my kingdom’s coffers aren’t as full of gold and jewels as I would like. The reality is that I don’t have a budget for such things but you know how it is. When you really want something you figure out a way to get it even if it means siphoning money from the utility bill payment. Not that I would do that, of course, but I did think about it and was sorely tempted.
But something happened instead. I got this crazy idea. You see, I looked at these dresses and decided that I can do that. Why not? Just cut a few pieces of fabric, pin them together, stitch and voila – instant Renaissance gown. This crazy wonderful idea wouldn’t leave my head, so I bought the fabric and I’m going to dive right into making this gown. I don’t have any formal sewing training but my motto is “make it work”, so I’ll repeat it over and over like a mantra until the gown is done.
Hopefully the end result won’t scream "amateur home-made dress!" So this is now my latest passion that I have to schedule into my life and maybe it won’t intrude into my writing time too much. I might do another post and upload progress pictures. Wish me luck!