Poetry & Words

POETRY & WORDS :: On Creative Burnout, or, Sometimes, I miss life before the Internet

Silencio del Mar - Watercolor by Oaxacaborn
Sometimes, I miss life before the internet, when a girl could just get lost in an old National Geographic, without knowing it was trendy to like Reykjavik.

Or geometric shapes, or the colors coral and mint, or hand-drawn arrows, or chevrons.

A girl can get swallowed by this handmade world. There is talent and inspiration yes, but there is so much repetition so much repetition.

I want to get back to reading The Joy of Cooking, not the “OMG. Need recipe.” comments on pictures of a stranger’s lunch.

I need more actual fabric swatches, and fewer repins of photos of fabric swatches. I need fewer “One gazillion places to go in 2013” websites and more discovering the sidewalks around my own house.

I want to stitch together more projects for my daughter and our home, and not as many for listings on Etsy. I need more torn paper and splashes of watercolor, and fewer Pinterest boards. More dirt under my fingernails, more glue on the palms of my hands, more paint  on the table around the edges of the canvas, more spontaneous midnight cookie-baking.

I’m tired. And I don’t think I’m going to find my lost creativity if I just keep looking inside this screen.

Do any of you ever feel like this?


HANDMADE :: Ch-ch-changes.

Owl Hats as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comI’ve decided to change things up a bit when it comes to the products in my shop. The (exciting!) vision I have for the new look was reaffirmed by this discussion last Friday. So, I’ll be slowly listing the rest of what’s now the old style at discounted prices until they’re gone. (I’m not phasing out the owls…no way! But you will see a shift toward lighter, more monochromatic color choices.)

(WHOA. The “older style” hat in the photo above? It sold while I was typing this. I’m constantly humbled by the overwhelming support you all show my little endeavors!)


HANDMADE :: GIVEAWAY :: Win an Owl Headband!

Giveaway - Win an owl headband from Oaxacaborn and Ma Nouvelle Mode

Enter to win an owl headband at Ma Nouvelle Mode! It’s one of my original designs, and I’ve hand embroidered it with vintage cotton thread. Since it’s entirely felt-backed, the owl slides easily along the elastic headband. Comfortably fits both adults and kids!

While you’re there, be sure to check out these other (group!) giveaways too.

P.S. Don’t want to wait to see if you won? The owl headband is available for purchase in my shop ;)