I get asked this question sometimes, or some form of it…How do you do it? Sew….blog….blow your nose….(well, not that last one)
PLEASE don’t assume I, in any way, shape, or form, have it “all together”. It’s all smoke and mirrors folks! Blogs tend to show the best of people’s lives…which isn’t bad, you just don’t see the mess covering my dresser top or the dishes in the kitchen waiting to be loaded. I do enjoy my hobbies immensely, so here’s how I make time for them.
I’ve learned since having Sadie and Charlotte, that dropping a project when baby needs me, is OK…I used to get frustrated when they’d interrupt my sewing time, but let’s face it, I am a mommy and wife first and foremost! There will be time to finish that project/blog post later! Having a dedicated craft room has been wonderful, I can just shut the door and hide the mess-er-project from Sadie’s grubby hands. I know not everyone is able to have a room, but even a closet or cupboard to stash away what you’re working on, and then pull it out when you have a spare second, is great! I used to scrapbook on a teeny tiny corner desk. Now, that was fun.
I have unofficial days for cleaning tasks; laundry, floors, bathroom etc..mostly for upkeep. I like to do the weekly, heavier cleaning on Monday mornings. I take about 2 hours (I pop in a movie for Sadie….so sue me!) and work up a sweat cleaning and organizing the house. (also a good workout) That way, I feel like I have a good start to the week and can lightly clean/de-clutter as the week goes on. In no way is my house spotless, but I feel like I have a pretty good excuse for a few dust bunnies with a 2 year old and 5 week old. (this does exclude my craft room, though…haha!) I also usually plan my meals out for the week on Sunday or Monday, and go my grocery shopping on Tuesdays. That way, I know what I’m making ahead of time, which saves me from late afternoon, what-are-we-having-for-dinner-itis. Nasty disease.
As I’ve learned from my mistakes, and sewed more (and more, and more…), I’ve learned tricks to speed up the process. For instance, if I know I’ll be making more than one of an item (lately, doll clothes), I’ll make them assembly line style-cut out, then sew the parts together. I also don’t like wasting time, so I’ve learned to be a quick sewer. Just practice, I guess!
For those of you who have young kids, you know how precious nap time is. Sadie’s been pulling 2-3 hour naps (SOOO nice), so I have a nice chunk in the middle of the day in which to get my sewing fix. Charlotte usually naps around the same time, sometimes waking up to eat in the middle. Of course, that will probably change as she gets older, but for now it’s nice! I usually try to keep a running list in my head of things I’m working on and have a plan of attack once nap time rolls around…so that way I’m not wasting precious time figuring out what to work on. (which does happen! don’t get me wrong) I also like to watch my tv shows on my computer, which is in my craft room, while sewing…multi-tasking at it’s best! (Well, maybe not best, but Arrested Development is pretty dang funny!)
Why do I sew/craft? It (quite literally) keeps me sane. There’s something almost magical about a finished dress sitting where fabric was just mere hours ago, and knowing that I made it with my own two hands. Well, me and the sewing machine. It’s very satisfying. I’ve always loved being creative and making things. So it’s not only worth it, it’s essential to me. My hands get antsy if I’m away from the sewing machine for too long. It makes me happy to make my daughters long lasting things to wear and play with (hopefully), that will someday possibly become cherished family toys. (also, hopefully) Well, I can dream, can’t I?
Now, how do you make time for your hobbies? Any tricks/tips?