There was a time, a year and a half ago or more, when I would spend hours in my craft room after the kiddies were in bed at night, sewing away, happily working on projects. Then we moved into an apartment, and I did a little crafting and sewing, but not much, then we moved in with family and there was hardly any crafting going on at all, and then, we moved into our awesome new house last fall. I haven't really been making much of anything since we moved into the new house. I have a super awesome new craft room, but, I just don't have the time to sit in there. Well, let me clarify that, I *do* have the time, but, I have been preferring to spend my time doing other things. Like watch TV. Or exercise. Or play with the kiddies or watch a movie with the husband. I haven't stayed up late working on a craft or a project since we've moved into the new house, and that's kinda odd to me. I don't regret doing those other things, things other than sewing, and I don't regret going to bed earlier rather than staying up late stitching, but, I realized that I miss it.
This past Wednesday evening I made myself spend some time in my craft room. Which sounds so stupid, I shouldn't have to make myself go in there and make stuff; it's what I like to do! But, I had the time to do it and I told myself I was going to work for two hours, and wow, it was worth it. I joked to my husband that I was in the zone, that it was 'cathartic sewing' because I was sewing, sewing, sewing and thinking, thinking, thinking and working through some of the stuff that's been swirling around in my head lately. I've always been able to get my best thinking done when I'm working on something with my hands. I remember as a youngster, sitting cross legged on my canopy bed, cross-stitching away, quietly working and just thinking about stuff. Probably silly teenager stuff that was uber important at the time! Now-a-days, it's heavier stuff that's swirling through my head, stuff that I need to be thinking about, stuff that I need to allow myself the time to process and think through. And I did some of that on Wednesday, and it helped me a lot, and I want to do more of it more often.
I need to etch more 'cathartic sewing' time into my schedule. I need to give myself a chance to sit, to clear my head, do something with my hands, create something, feel productive. I need to set aside the time to do it, at least once a week, as my schedule allows. So? This weekend, this three-day weekend we've got? I've decided I'm going to MAKE something. I'm going to make something completely new. I've been wanting to create some new products for my Etsy shop and I'm going to do it. I have some ideas. I want to make little pumpkins. Little stuffed pumpkins, maybe from a linocut block stamp? Maybe. Also, I'm going to finish those quilted placemats I've been working on for ages. I'm going to GET STUFF DONE and I'm going to clear my head and it's going to be glorious.