These hands have worked...

Posted on | Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | 5 Comments

I was never very fond of my hands... I didn't think they were very ladylike. I have tiny fingers that I feel are disproportionate to the rest of me (my ring finger is size 4.5). I have working hands (and blocky feet, but that's another story). I used to make little clay figurines when I was little and it wasn't until recently that I have been thinking this might be advantageous. Back in the fall, I bought a ring at Oktoberfest and when the hubby and I were talking to the vendor, he goes, "you have small fingers... do you play music or are you an artist?" I hadn't really considered it, but yeah... I play instruments and yeah, I make things with my hands for a living. Could it be that you're born with certain attributes, skills and qualities that make you better at some things than others? I guess there's no way to know, but my small hands combined with a short attention span and anal retentive tendencies probably lend themselves well to making things... for me at least. ;) I used to say that I was so "anal" about everything and my mentor professor at grad school would always say, "you say that as if it were a bad thing when it isn't." I think I drive my hubby nuts at times with my self prescribed Type-A idiosyncrasies and quirkiness.

So I'm working at finger breaking speeds to try to get all the orders finished and out since we'll be on a business trip very shortly. I sew a ton. I break needles everyday and have a callus on my middle finger from repeated needle pushing. I swear I prick myself several times a day and get cut up all the time from work. I step on needles I've dropped all the time as well (ouch!) I keep neosporin and a stack of bandages on my desk. Here's what my hands looked like yesterday:


I have to keep my nails short... and recently clipped them after dye stained the undersides. What a wreck. I have literally about 80-90 pieces to create in about 1.5 weeks. It is going to be insane! BUT, BUT, I am so grateful to be doing something that really makes me happy. I've had a bunch of oddball jobs, but I think this... this suits me. Happy sewing and creating!!


5 Responses to “These hands have worked...”

  1. Abby Noel
    May 4, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    hands with character :)

  2. DK Designs
    May 5, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    OMG, ROTFL! I read your post and I'm thinking to myself, I can TOTALLY RELATE! Getting poked from pins, cutting my fingers with scissors (granted I do clay flowers). Makes you realize how precious our hands and fingers are when something happens to it. Even when I get a paper cut I think, "how the heck am I going to make flowers now?" No nails for me either. Your work is awesome and it's so great to see all that you have accomplished. Everyone pales in comparison to you!

  3. Yumi @ Natsukashii
    May 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    a sign of a hard working woman! btw, i spy twigs & honey on the bride at martha stewart's wedding blog :) woot!

  4. Amy Wing
    May 5, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Trust me I understand working hands! A total callous from sanding charms, short nails, a groove in my thumbnail from opening jumprings and pulling chain... But I do what makes me happy, and that I get to see people wearing with joy the things I created with love.

  5. anna
    May 6, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    oh no! those are beautiful hands. Slender fingers, short nails, and the defined knuckles. Really quite lovely digits.

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