Cheating

GFG flowers, WIP

This weekend, I cheated. I should have – and planned to – spend the *whole* weekend working on stuff promised to other people, but I just totally rebelled against myself was bad. It was kind of like when you skipped class back in high school or fudged a sick day (ahem, not that I would ever have done such a thing) and just so badly wanted / needed that free period that you didn’t even feel bad and just enjoyed the touch of freedom. Normally, I’d be all angst and guilt over this, but I just couldn’t help myself this weekend!

I still got a bunch of stuff done for others, but I also treated myself to an evening of paper piecing hexagons for my grandmother’s flower garden quilt-in-progress (which will, I know, take me many years – I actually like that I will slowly piece this by hand over a long, long time). I now have 4 whole flowers completed. That’ll be, like, a entire foot of blanket! No, I’m kidding, but I have NO idea how many of these flowers I’ll need to make – especially since I haven’t decided how big it should be in the end. But I don’t really care for now, I’ll just keep making them for a while and worry about it later.

Halloween mug rug in progress
Halloween mug rug

I also snuck in two wee little mug rug projects, first inspired by the adorable one Jesse of Wee Pleasures made and showed on Instagram. I loved her idea of making a Halloween-themed mug rug as a bit of decoration – I’m *crazy* for Halloween, but don’t do much decoration, weirdly. I’m gonna need to fix that. Once I got the idea in my head, I couldn’t let go and had to cram this mini-project in before my head exploded! I don’t have any Halloween fabrics, so I dug in my small scrap bag and pulled out some oranges and blacks – and that little spiderweb piece from an Echino fabric was so perfect!

And then, of course, I couldn’t quite leave it there – I had to make one for my desk as well, this one worked around an adorable Japanese scrap (the apples) from an Eternal Maker scrap bag. Sigh. So fun! I feel these may become a bit of an addiction – such a fun way to just do something stress-free and entertaining for a short break from other projects.

Desktop mug rug

So now I have to go back to The To Do List, but I have to ask for some advice: how do you handle the list of things people ask you to make / mend / gifts you have planned / etc? I know a lot of crafters just won’t do that sort of thing at all, and I totally don’t blame them, but I really like being able to do this stuff for other people. It’s nice to have skills that people value and I appreciate being helpful. I don’t want to stop doing them, but I feel like I never get out from under The List and I have so much I want to get to! How do you balance crafting for others and crafting for yourself?

4 Comments on Cheating

  1. jessica
    October 8, 2012 at 15:41 (4 years ago)

    I tend to work in chunks and under deadline much better when I have something I want to do for someone else. I have three things that are floating around as “sometime soon” and they have been for a while now. But if I have to get something done for an event, I am much better at actually getting it done!

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  2. Karen
    October 8, 2012 at 21:37 (4 years ago)

    Love your hexagons!! Who’d have thought it!?!?!!

    Mug rugs are also very gorgeous, now I’m thinking “where could I put some of those?” hmmm…

    xxxx

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  3. Genevieve
    October 9, 2012 at 03:55 (4 years ago)

    Welcome back!!

    Love your projects. I’m also working on a Grandmothers Flower Garden. I’ve been working on it forever and I still love it.

    I tend to block off a day or evening in the week to work on things for other people and if I get too far behind then I say no for now. I usually choose a work day as opposed to a weekend. I like to work on whatever I want during the weekends.

    Genevieve

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  4. SuzySewing
    October 9, 2012 at 07:44 (4 years ago)

    Those flowers are just adorable, it will be a gorgeous quilt!

    I would try and balance out what you do for you and what you do for others. Maybe only take one “for others” project at a time or set aside a few hours every week where ou will exclusively do things for others. Like wise for things for you. And if you have much on your plate but don’t want to say no to people just say “i can do that but in a couple of months” or whatever the case might be.

    xx

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