Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. ~ Calvin Coolidge
Sometimes, I hit a brick wall. I've been producing items for my shop and home every day this month and it has been awesome to stay so dedicated. But, yesterday, I was feeling really down about a difficult situation that I have to deal with in my personal life. I was feeling so down, I didn't want to sew or crochet or write my blog. Those all seemed like silly, cotton-candy things in a world full of problems. I just wanted to lie down.
Instead of giving in to this urge, I decided to start painting some new fabric for my new shop: Modern Queen Vicky (Victorian inspired hand-painted fabrics with a modern twist.) Drawing the pattern, mixing the colors, putting the brush to the fabric: all of these things were healing and nurturing to my soul. Here's the project I started:
And, as I worked, I hummed and sang a song that I learned in The Spirituals Project choir: "Keep on travellin' soldier. Keep your hand on the plow. Keep on travellin' soldier, don't you give up, not right now!"
And, as the title of this blog post suggests, I worked through the pain :), like these fine ladies do: