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.
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.
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?