I’ve been thinking about this quote, “When was the last time (you) felt truly light, joyous and — yes — creative in (your) skin?” from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic a lot lately. This is the busiest season of the year for my work and times when I feel light and joyous don’t happen as often I’d like. I’m NOT complaining, this is the life I choose for myself and I’m grateful every single day that I’m a creative entrepreneur BUT I’m also looking forward to some time off to be present and truly appreciate the fruits of my labors.
Even now, during my busiest time of year I try my best to make time for things that make me feel connected and present. One of those things is riding my bicycle. Being on my bike and peddling quickly up a hill and feeling my heart race and then coasting down and feeling the wind rush over my skin… it’s incredible. As an adult I went for years without riding a bike and when I bought a second-hand one and fixed it up last year, I rode it several times a week. Running errands on my bike feels like an adventure (in the car, it feels like a chore). My bike is pretty classic looking but it was missing one thing… a basket! I love this basket I bought BUT I wanted to not only keep my items secure but also add a little craftiness and color. So, I sewed this custom bike basket liner in a spring floral fabric. I hope this DIY inspires you to deck out your own bike for summer rides so you too can feel not only light and joyous in your own skin but hopefully get that same rush of awesomeness (even if you’re just riding to the grocery store).
For the full tutorial, head over to Bernina’s We All Sew blog here.