Fortune & the Prepared

I’ve always believed that if you do what you love with all your heart, you will find a way to make a living at it; the universe will provide. Last week, when Paulette and I were shopping (Shoes! Fabric! Wine! Furniture!), we stumbled across a serendipitous story of the universe doing exactly that.

When we walked into the the Gathering Fabric quilt store in Woodinville, we found some really gorgeous fabric neither of us had ever seen before. The designer, Julie Paschkis, had recently spent some time at the store and her story was fascinating.

Paschkis had been an artist and a children’s book illustrator for much of her career when one of the founders of In the Beginning Fabrics, an artisan fabric line, called her out of the blue and asked if she’d ever considered designing fabric.

Her response? “This is the call I’ve been waiting for all my life!” Or something to that effect. If she’d been recounting that response to a publisher, not a fabric store owner, her take on that might have been a bit different. ;) Still, it was a heartening story of creative success.

Fortune favors the prepared. If a gallery or a boutique saw some of my metalsmithing, or a publisher saw a snippet of my writing, and said “I love it, I want more!” I’d be stuck. I am NOT prepared for the universe to drop fortune in my lap right now. Are you?

I think I need to work on that.

3 Responses to “Fortune & the Prepared”

  1. WendyB_09 Says:

    Now, I’m a member of the I have more quilting fabric than I can use in several lifetimes club.

    However, that is really cool fabric. I’ll have to look for some of that.

  2. neurondoc Says:

    I am not a crafter, but holy crap that middle fabric rows my boat.

    As for your other point — no, I couldn’t accept that kind of fortune dropped in my lap. I need health insurance. :-(

  3. Random Michelle Says:

    Wasn’t it one of the Greeks or Romans that said “Fortune favors the bold”?