Friday, February 24, 2023

What's Your Craft by Pat Simmons

I wouldn't call myself a crafts person, although I sew, using patterns to guide me until my masterpiece is finished. These are a handful of the many garments I have sewn throughout the years. From simple--the yellow and gray plaid to the complex--the orange top dress where I combined two patterns to duplicate a fashion I saw online. 
For an African theme party, I made my outfit and husband's.

Craftsy people are visionaries. They see possibilities that aren't there. Their imaginations are mind-blowing, so after attending a craft workshop at the Christian Book Lovers Retreat last year, I thought I found a new hobby after creating this African headdress silhouette.

I was so wrong. I was hyped. I looked on Etsy for ideas like this one. Gorgeous. I could do this, I thought. Easy right?

Michael's Craft Store had a sale, and I went bargain hunting, grabbing supplies that would spark my creativity. That was over a month ago, and I'm still at the starting line.

I refuse to donate any of this stuff to a thrift store. I will get to it...I will get to it...I will get it done.

I do have an excuse. I'm on a writing deadline and sewing a new winter coat and other winter clothes before the season ends.

In my mind, these projects look easy, but we'll see. I need a pattern. I need instructions. I need a supervisor. LOL.

What started this was the Diva Lady hanging on my sister's front door. I thought to myself, I could do something like that. After all, I did create the African headdress with supervision. I'm thinking about starting from scratch.
Maybe I need something like a "paint by numbers" project, but I can see myself trying to doll it up and messing it up.

What about you? Are you crafty? I'll keep you posted on my progress if I finish them by the end of 2023.


Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author of forty-plus titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a five-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance and the 2022 Leslie Esdaile Trailblazer Award recipient. Christmas Dinner was also an Emma Award winner for Book of the Year. Christmas Dinner and Here for You were featured in Woman’s World Magazine

As a Christian, Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, and GPS-guided chauffeur. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and has worked in radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years. Visit her at

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