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Hey there! My name is Megan and I'm the sewing, pattern making girl behind Dolly Henry. This is my blog, where I share my own creative adventures and hope to meet fellow fabric enthusiasts. I also design and sell sewing patterns through my online boutique, alongside a beautiful collection of clothing and dolls. Thank you for stopping by!

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Why Creativity is So Important (at least to me!)

(My first post is a bit of a rambler but I wanted to share as it has a lot to do with why I began this blog!)

After a couple of years of working excessively long hours on building a business, everything came to a grinding halt. I burnt myself out and was both mentally and physically drained from putting so much in - not exactly the image you conjure up for a happy handmade business, is it? Due to the ill health that followed, I had to learn to slow things down and let go a little, so I put my business on vacation for a month - the longest time for a few years I had taken an actual break for.

In this time I picked up a few of the creative projects I had wanted to learn and do, such as crochet and sewing some items for myself and family that I had long kept on my one day list. Sometimes you need to withdraw and sit quietly to work out where you are going and I think if I hadn't been so unwell, I never would have taken the time to do just that. I discovered alarmingly that I had taken so much out running a creative business that I had forgotten to put it back in. That creativity does burn out and it needs to be nurtured and nourished in order to grow and flourish.




In a world that is more focussed on working, working, working and less on personal well being, I find it scary that even as a fairly creative person, how unhappy I became by not taking some down time for myself and indulging in a little creativity - whether it was making, baking or growing. Time offline, away from noise and distractions. Time spent simply just doing something for almost no other reason than making something that made me happy. So many people have said to me over time that they haven't got a creative bone in their body and with a lot of creative, hands-on experiences for children being replaced with more screen time and less imagination, it is a worry. So many of us limit creativity to the few aisles of crafty bits at our local craft stores. A hobby for those that have 'time.'

If I became overworked and disconnected from the enjoyable, slow process of hand made as a creative designer and maker, what hope is there for everyone else? I have had to make time again and learn that creativity has to be nurtured and practised, without pressure for it to grow. When I stopped and thought about it, creativity is such an essential part of life. Many of the things we have come to take for granted and enjoy are the product of creativity, and the fact someone had the courage just to create what they saw in their imagination!



How many of the ornate, intricate details of ancient buildings would there be without it? The great art galleries, the amazing new taste sensations when a chef creates a new recipe, the beautiful gardens and flowers that bring so much joy to everyone - flowers that are used to celebrate all the most important milestones and sacred parts in a person's life! Walt Disney and the wonderful world that has been created through his very vivid, fantastic imagination. Even modern technology and social media. All acts of creation. Pinterest is a wonderful tool but what is the point if you don't at least have a go at some of those ideas you've saved?

Through my blog, I hope to relearn the art of making something just because. Something to fill the hands and nourish the soul. I aim to teach myself how to crochet and plant the beautiful flower garden I have always wanted. I will share the things I learn here and learn the things others share,

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  1. I'm popping in to say hi and welcome to blogging. I hope you enjoy recording your crafting adventures. Your first posts are fantastic; loved reading them. My favourite blogs are those where it feels like you are catching up on a friend. Your crochet is beautiful. You are so right about having to keep on going and not let perfectionism get in the way. x

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    1. Hi Amy! Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for saying hi! I am so glad you enjoyed my first blog posts..it is a little scary starting a blog for the first time...I was hoping my writing wasn't too dull! :-) Megan

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  2. Hi Megan,
    Thank you for your helpful and informative blog on tips for starting an online store! I have been struggling for a while now making the leap from local craft fair vendor to a online shop. I have the technical ability/knowledge but have been hoping for a partner (because I love someone to spin creatively with). I too am a experienced seamstress (40+yrs) and love love love all things needle related! I

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    1. Hi! You're welcome :-) It is always a big effort and daunting amount of work opening an online shop - I have done it several times now and it's so much work! But once it's up and going it's done except for the housekeeping! I wish you all the best in your new venture, I'm sure it's going to be amazing! Megan :-)

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