I had my first sleepover at Madalynne Studios last weekend. There were no pillow fights, popcorn or pink jammies. In fact, I slept in the clothes that I wore that day. Fashion faux pas? I’m guilty as charged.
My plans for last Friday were up in the air. Night photography? Painting my new place (I’m moving)? Sewing? Ordering sushi and calling it a night? I wasn’t sure, until I looked at my to-do list. “Holy crap,” I thought. Last year, this amount of work would have sent me into a tailspin, but this year, things are different. I’m different. I’m more passionate about my crafts than ever, and I’m releasing my inner stripper and taking every opportunity that comes my way (opportunities that are right for Madalynne, at least). Maybe it’s because, and I don’t mean to sound pessimistic when I say this – more a statement of truth, but my hobbies are the only thing I can rely on. In life, material possessions, friends, parents, siblings, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives come and go. Even my father, the most important person in my life, will eventually die. Morbid? Maybe, but sewing and photography will never leave me. It won’t betray me, it won’t turn its back on me and it won’t let me down. It’s always been there for me and it will always be there for me. When I’ve had a bad day, I’ve come home and sewn, and when I’ve had a good day, I’ve made a celebratory outfit. Sewing and photography – till death do us part.
So when that to-do list stared me in the face, I said, “Let’s do this.” And that’s what we did, pretty much all weekend.