52 Pillows – #21 – Pinwheel

A year and a half ago I launched a year-long creative project, 52 Pillows, where I committed to creating a new pillow every week for a year with the intention of elevating myself out of surviving and into thriving. I wanted to transform my life through creativity, to not be bogged down by my circumstances, to “bring myself back to life!” 

I didn’t make it even halfway through my project before I started seeing big results. Little did I know when I started what my circumstances would be, the kind of creativity, nor the type of transformation my life would undergo!…

In the past year and a half, I found out I was pregnant and welcomed our baby girl into the world. She is now almost 10 months old. Creating another person was a serious, full-time creative project in itself! And I never felt so alive as when I gave birth to our daughter.

Along with my beautiful baby have come months of sleep deprivation. Even now my daughter rarely sleeps more than 2 hours at a time, day or night. Admittedly, I have plenty of days where I don’t handle things well or rise above my circumstances, but overall I feel I’m doing really well, all things considered. So even though my transformation doesn’t look the way I expected or anticipated, the results so far are thrilling. And who knows what might happen as I continue my project!…

This pinwheel pillow has taken me 5 months to finish. Things just don’t get done as often or as quickly with a baby in the house! I’ve enjoyed having a creative project to look forward to working on, especially on those really challenging parenting days. And what an accomplishment it feels like to have finally finished it!… For #21 I used a JoAnn Fabrics free pattern I picked up last year. (I’ve included the instructions at the bottom of this post if you want to try it yourself.) I was happy to find a use for scraps from favorite projects and had a lot of fun putting this pillow together.

Who knows how long it will take to get to Pillow #22. I’m not ready to commit to a weekly creation yet, but I do have 2 more pillow projects in the wings I’m looking forward to starting.

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  1. […] #21 PinwheelI donated this pillow to help raise money for one of the amazing oncology nurses who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is one of the wonderful people who has helped care for our Jenna. […]

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