A really great part of getting organized is feeling like I don't have "THINGS I NEED TO DO" looming over me all the time. That sliding pile of junk to be filed is gone, guilt inducing magazine boxes, eliminated and the absolute disgusting-ness of my under sink cabinet where my cleaning supplies live is no longer cause for red cheeks. I can relax after my boys are in bed and actually DO things I want to do. I have patched everyone's jeans, which has led to a patch-knees-as-soon-as-we-buy-them policy because then it's done when there is jean left to patch. I have actually knitted my own hat, which incidentally has a dropped stitch halfway down and now a big hole. I made my littlest boys wrist warmers that fit under their mittens and up their sleeves. I am designing a craft studio, where I can work peacefully although now the table works fine because my boys get all cranked up to 'play crafts' when I sew. I don't mind that!
Wrist warmers without mittens are perfect for break-up, with cold temps and sun you never really know what to wear. Besides sometimes you just need your fingers to play! Here they are in action:
I actually dug out the mending basket, discovered that no one fit those clothes anymore, oops. Those became the rag rug I actually finished today. Which is a miracle in and of itself, I finished something. I love the finish and I never feel good about something until I'm done with it. Having all the"THINGS I NEED TO DO" looming over me, I seemed to start projects and never finish them due to the guilt (or another weird un-nameable feeling) of doing something fun while real work stacked up around me. Does that make sense? Crafting/creating is pleasurable therefore it must not be real work? I don't know. What I do know is that since getting a whole load of things actually done above and beyond the usual grind has led to recent creative outbursts. I am not complaining.
So today I finished the braided rag rug, I braided the 1-2 inch wide strips sitting right at my sewing machine so I could easily add a new strip as needed. Once I had a braid about a mile long, I got sick and had birthday/valentine/fundraiser weekend, so it had to wait until this week. I started coiling and lacing the rug and that took about 6 hours of work, done over 3 days. I had a good friend Jenn come over yesterday and while she knitted our boys played, all six of them. Yes people she has TWO sets of twins, 6 and 3, lovely little boys and my kids love them. I'm not sure how much actual work we got done but the pleasure of hanging out and creating was the real payoff. I finished about two hours ago with the lacing of the rug, which is basically going through each loop of each braid and lacing it to the one next to it. Fun work with a split on my thumb that I seemed to stab repeatedly with a dull needle, better than sharp I'm sure but it still was painful.
I took a huge step yesterday. HUGE. Despite never watching TV, besides the few netflix we get, we were still paying for basic service. Why? Because the thought to cancel never crossed my mind, because the thought of having NO reception was kind of terrifying, because it would seal our freakdom. For whatever reason I finally canceled it, the lady at the cable company seemed surprised and flustered when I canceled it, but it's off now and I feel great.
POSSIBLE TMI ALERT
Now I am designing a bag to hold the zither I found out thrifting and I am designing !!!close your ears any males!!! re-useable sanitary napkins. I see them on etsy and I know I can make them, I just need to do it. And before next week would be awesome!
TMI ALERT IS OVER
The crafty spate is continuing. I'm going to compile a book of studio ideas so I can have a place besides the table to make a mess. Where everything is and I know where it is because I put it there. Not that I can keep people out though because wherever I go they come too. Hmmm maybe we need to make the studio on our main floor with a work table for everyone. We'll start by moving the TV to the trash bin.
Peace and Love,