Friday, February 19, 2010

Time for Fun!

Looking out through the snow-leaden windows, I'm feeling more than a little house-bound. Much like the felines in the large cat exhibits at the zoo, all I feel like doing is pacing, pacing, pacing at the windows, hoping for spring to come and melt the snowy tundra, so I can get a glimpse of green again.

The house is clean (sort of), and I glance into the hallway mirror looking much like a forlorn Saint Bernard in need of a walk.

I gaze at the clock, seeing I've finished the chores in time to have a little fun before the kids come home from school, and my mind goes into overdrive. But there is a major problem here. You see, I have way too many interests!

I've done scherenschnitte (paper cutting), quilling, beading, cross-stitch, card making, scrapbooking, quilting, fabric crafting, bags and tote-making, gardening, and many others. And I have an 'idea' box stuffed full of things I had just enough time to jot down, but never pursue. I think if I did, God would have to let me live at least another three-hundred years- and that's if I never had another idea starting right now!

I can't help it- thoughts pour into me like rainwater into a barrel, and I can't get rid of it unless I write it down. Oh sure, I could just forget the idea entirely, but then I'll wonder if it would have been just the thing I'd need in the near future. So I invested in a ton of 3 x 5 cards and started writing every little idea down. If you're like me, you have a similar collection.

So I ask myself the scariest question I could ever ask. What am I going to do with my free time?

And my hyperkinetic brain answers, Everything!

Not the best plan, I admit, but it's a start. So I go up to my sewing room to explore. I'm not being metaphorical either- I have a lot of stuff in that little room!

I toss project after project on the table, acting as if I have all the time in the world to finish these projects before my children come home. But it's fun just going though everything, even if I only accomplish a single task. And fun is what I was after in the first place. This is also the reason I have many UFO's (UnFinished Objects) in my room. There are also PhD's (Projects half-Done) and WIP's (Works In Progress), but there is nothing actually finished yet.


I hope to change that this year. Just remember, even if I finish one project, it still counts- no matter how many projects I have left!

Of course by the time I get started on something, the kids will walk in and it'll be time to make dinner and help with homework. But that can be fun too- just in a different way. So do what I do- take a deep breath, do what you can to relax, and have fun in all you do- no matter what it is. That's really all that matters....right?


Ava Z. said...

That was wonderful! I am the same way, with crochet. I have a half dozen projects laying around waiting to get finished but I always seem to start a new one before I get around to finishing one!

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