I am writing today from a little cottage by a small peaceful lake, some might call a pond. It’s just big enough to kayak from one end to the other without worrying whether I can make it all the way back before my arms turn to jelly.
Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it? Well, if you’ve read my blog for awhile, you’ll know that my life does not sit neatly on the corner of Relaxation and PeaceAndQuiet. Ever. My four children, 8 and under, are an extremely active bunch. So although I can’t say we are relaxing, we are definitely enjoying ourselves.
It’s a lovely cottage, filled with the things that my parents adore. Being here with them brings me great joy.
Here is the little desk in the cottage that I wish I could sit at and write for hours a day. And someday, when the children are older, I will do just that. There are so many things I want to write. But for now, I will play with them, swim in the icy water, clean up lots of mud, and sneak away for 20 minutes and quickly jot down my thoughts for a brief post.
In the meantime, speaking of sneaking away for 20 minutes… I have a new project I’m going to be working on, an experiment, if you will, and I would like to share it with you. In talking to my good friends, Kitty from Night Quilter and Mandy from Mandalei Quilts, I realize that as busy mothers, we all share the same challenges in finding time to work and sew. Summer welcomes additional demands on our time. We’ve decided together to begin a testable series of actions, called #SewTake20, and we will blog about the process and results.
We will each take our own personal quilting projects, and divide them into 20 minute increments of sewing time. Just 20 minutes a day to pull fabrics, or prep, cut or sew. We’ll each set the timer, focus our minds on the chosen task at hand, eliminate distractions (like social media!) during those minutes, and see what we can accomplish.
Of course, this will be separate from the time I need to spend quilting for customers…. Those obligations will still be fulfilled in the late night hours or the wee hours of the morning, as I always have done. The time I dedicate to #SewTake20 will be reserved for other projects that I would like to attempt, but have yet to find a way to carve out time in the day. Not necessarily selfish sewing, as that concept has been called by many other bloggers. It may be for projects that I make for others, or even for deadlines for publication. But they are projects that for some reason or another have fallen to the bottom of my to-do list, even if my intentions have been otherwise.
I plan to begin the #SewTake20 experiment in late July when I return home. I will let you know how it goes…
I had originally planned to stick to my blogging schedule this month, and post my Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays as normal while I traveled. I hadn’t realized how many internet challenges I would have. So please excuse the disruption in my schedule. I will return to normal again next week. And my co-hosts for the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Hop and I will also be posting our last two introductions to groups of new bloggers (and two new contests for prizes) very soon.
I’ll leave you now with some snapshots of the moments that have filled my days over the past two weeks.