Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time to Slow Down

I've been too busy.  Overcommitted.  Seriously.

But I'm trying to politely say no more often & prioritize.  It's a hard process & frankly, I'm not sure I'm doing a very good job, but I intend to try harder.

Two big commitments I made this fall were to teach 4-6 weeks at my church in the K-1 religious education class and to be a vendor at my quilt guild's outdoor fall quilt show.  Both of these things took a LOT more preparation, time and mental energy than you'd imagine.  I've also gone to Arkansas to visit family TWICE in the past month.  It's always good to see everyone & visit my favorite places, but it's really, really nice to be home now.

I've still got some other pressing things that are hanging over my head, but after almost a month (or so it seems) without touching my sewing machine, I decided yesterday that it was time to be a little selfish & have some fabric therapy time.

It took 3 different attempts, but I managed to finish 2 1/2 blocks for my friend, Heather in the Lovely Linen Bee.  I used scraps from my vintage sheet collection (which seems to be multiplying exponentially, not decreasing) along with her white linen to create these beautiful blocks.

This is the last month for the Lovely Linen Bee.  I'm really glad I participated.  I hadn't sewn with linen before & I think it adds a great texture when mixed with cotton.  I always pre-wash it, though, as it shrinks at a different rate than cotton.

Here's hoping that I'll be able to take more time for myself & create...

1 comment:

Lauren said...

It's OK to say no. We all want to do so much and many of the opportunities are interesting and fun. Maybe a good way of picking things to do (when you can't do everything) is to think of your goals. Is the opportunity in line with your goals or values? Does it take you in a step towards a goal? Does it nourish your soul? If not, it's probably something you can pass on.

It's always tough.

I'm glad you are back to sewing and expressing your creativity and that you will be in town for the next few weeks. I hope to see you sometime soon.