I've been accepted as a client in a supported employment program. Supported employment programs are meant to help adults with disabilities find paid positions; work that they can do in spite of challenges, physical limitations, etc.
After more than two years of fruitless job search, I'm excited to be working with an advocate and job development coach! It's been difficult getting to a point where I could admit and accept that I need the help, just as it's been hard getting to an acceptable comfort level within myself, moving past the "my body is a betrayer" and survival mentalities and finding ways to stabilize my health without the benefits of medical insurance or prescriptions. I've done an enormous amount of self-coaching, lol!
My advocate is taking a two pronged approach. The first involves helping me find work. Not just any job, but one that takes into account my interests, skills and passions. The second involves supporting me in building an online income via my crafts and finding ways to begin utilizing the coaching certificate that I earned over a year ago.
She's given me a challenge - to come up with five ideas for products that I could make, using only what I have on hand. I've decided on the products and have begun creating the 'prototypes' for each. I hope to post each item on my blog as they're completed, and will be having a giveaway when all five are ready.
The very first creation is made using three vintage fabric hearts, hand appliqued on muslin and decorated with embroidery, beads or buttons and embellishments. Each heart is unique and loving stitched.
The first heart is in blue and white ticking, with embroidery stitches, tiny flowers and seed beads.
The second is a darker fabric with tiny white dots, embroidered with a running stitch, flowers and seed beads.
The third heart is a pink and white stripe, embroidered and decorated with colorful buttons.
I have a stack of the vintage hearts and plan on making each one unique. I haven't decided whether to mount the hearts in wooden embroidery hoop frames or to mat and mount them in standard frames.
What do you think - hoop or frame, and why? I'd love to hear your opinion, so leave me a comment!