Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Making Time to Sew

I love getting comments on my posts and I thank all who stop by and take the time to write something.

Nan left this nice comment.

"This is a really pretty top. You accomplish so much. You are obviously a very high energy person. Do you have any hints about how to organize one's sewing to accomplish the way you do?I love your choices. I have become a real fan. I hope to get started sewing again but I don't much time. Thanks for what you share. It is appreciated"

Thank you Nan. First I must say that I'm retired so I have plenty of time to sew and I do sew often. Having said that, I think it's important to schedule time to sew. Add a specific amount of time to your schedule even if it's only half an hour  a few times a week.

Personally. I schedule Wednesday as a full, guilt free  sewing day. I try to start by 10:00 and sew all day until I'm too tired to sew anymore

When I was still working ( I was a high school teacher for many years ), I used to sew every other Saturday. I had to be very organized to pull this off but my sewing Saturdays helped relieve the stress of a very stressful job.

In addition,I like spending Sunday afternoon after church in my sewing room. I usually do some cutting out or planning for specific projects .Other than this, I make a conscious effort to sew for an hour here or there , rather than sitting in front of the TV or computer in the evenings at least a couple of times a week.

I also mentor a sewing group on Thursday afternoons twice a month. I love sharing my enthusiasm for my craft with others!

As for being a high energy person, ( I'm 63 ) ,it's more that I find it really hard to sit and do nothing.I like to have hand sewing or pattern cutting to do when watching TV. But  when watching a movie wth my DH, I don't do that. He doesn't like me to and I think it would be disrespectful  to do so.

Of helps  to absolutely LOVE sewing. The older I get, the more I live and breathe it.

Nan, I don't know if this will help you in any way,but remember this. If you love sewing, just sew whenever you can. It can be a life-long rewarding passtime and you can continue to learn more and more as time goes on. I 've always loved to sew but at this time in my life it's my passion.

Happy Sewing!

Oh goodness! I can't publish a post without one single photo! So Here's my little cutie Riley on Christmas Eve. She was so happy with her red dress and shoes. She said " I'm a princess"


Sharon said...

Thank you for all the tips, I also sew twice a month at 2 ASG groups and I'm trying to slot in a little bit each day either before or after work so I will see how that works out.

Doobee64 said...

Great tips on scheduling, and as a current teacher I too enjoy the 'de-stressing' side of sewing.
I think it is also important to have a little spot for sewing that doesn't need to be packed up or shifted each time. Somewhere that if you have a spare 5 minutes up your sleeve that you can just pick up where you last left off. And then that 5 minutes somehow turns into 30, then 40 then...

Debra Martin said...

Princess Riley - she's adorable. I would have guessed you were late 40s early fifties tops from your photos. You look great, Diana, and I love the clothes you make for yourself.

pdiddly said...

Great Post Diana - OMG you don't look your age so we also need tips on how you keep looking so young :-)

I too use my sewing to de-stress too,having a stressful corporate job. I just go up to my sewing room and get totally engrossed in a project, but think Diana is right you have to schedule the time. The thing I hate most is when I have scheduled the time to sew and my twin sister turns up and just expects me to stop everything and sit and chat with her, I now make her come upstairs and sit in the chair I have up there if she wants to do this. I would love to do some volunteer work teaching people too, but not quite sure where to do this. I too am very very inspired by what Diana creates and her DGD is beautiful in her red dress

Vicki said...

Oh how adorable. I bet you felt great when Riley said she was a princess!!

Jenny said...

Oh my, Riley is just too cute for words! Love the red shoes.

I like your advice of sewing an hour here and there. As a SAHM, I also use it as a reward sometimes. :-) Like, if I fold two loads of laundry, I can sew for 20 minutes.

Nan said...

Thank you for these wonderful tips on scheduling time to sew. I realize I probably do have time...anyone can find 30 minutes can't they?....I think my problem is not utilizing well the time I have. So I will try to use some of these tips.

Riley is adorable. BTW, you have to be high energy. How else, could you both sew and someone else said you probably have more to share than just about sewing.....but I for one will settle for that and appreciate it.
How I wish I was part of that group you mentor.