How Could I Have Less Time?

With my foster kiddo back in school, I mistakenly thought (and actually planned as if) I would have more time to sew, see clients and generally spend more uninterrupted time in my studio.  How wrong was I?  There is NO time.  And, with the first week being only 3 days and this past week being only 4 days…………it hasn’t added up to much free time on my end.

Since my kiddo is on the spectrum, he does have some oddities………..and sure enough, the school has a new to the district RN, who grabbed my guy right off.  He was itching & she concluded we had a flea infestation at our home……..would I please take care of it?  Well, if there were fleas, yes.  However, she failed to note the itching was only on 2 limbs, on the same side, and only the lower parts.  What flea is only going to bite the right side of someone?  Plus, the whole anxiety disorder bit, with a new school AND a new place to live, I’d just bet that was more the culprit.  Anyway, a couple days were taken up with more doctor appts and then paperwork back to the school from the Dr,  who said my kiddo  had nothing that was contagious, and no, we didn’t have fleas!  So, there went the first week.

The second week brought the addition of therapy, which required my attendance at the intake interview.  Another half day.

And, the time has just slipped away and here it is October.  How did that happen anyway?  I don’t have much to show for September.  I forgot to mention that the school has not held the IEP meeting as yet.  So, we’re over the 30 day time frame now.   A multitude of phone calls re; this issue have been ongoing.  Why the phone??  The entire district has had no email for the past two weeks!  I’m sure that added to everyones’ frustration as we tried to get this new guy registered.

So, there is my sob song.  I just need to get better with my time & how I use it.  Nothing else is really going to change.

 

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Create Something Daily Challenge:  I do this without thinking anymore.  It’s been 9 months since I started the challenge.  What a FAST year this has been.

Today I worked for what seemed like forever on a couple client orders.  They were both supposed to be picked up tomorrow, but due to a family schedule change, they had to be upped to today…………So, the sewing room was in a whirlwind until about 2PM.

I’ve begun sewing the pile of granny squares together to construct the 5 Christmas Socks.

What a time consuming project.  The directions with the actual pattern are no help………….as the sock I’m copying for the client, was made with the pattern as an “idea” only.  So, I’m writing the new pattern as I go, and by the time I get 5 done, I’ll be able to recite it!  🙂

The hat bands & side ruffles are done and blocked for the 2 custom order Cloche’s.  Was hoping to get the stitches picked up for one of the hats tonight…………but, no……I’m too tired to tackle a project that requires more math than my head will process on a good day!  I want one of them ready to knit before Wed, as I’m going to Knit Group again, and these hats make an easy project to work on whilst visiting.

I did take a picture of where I worked on the hat bands this past week…………..

When I’ve got time to myself, I typically head to the park at the beach.  Quiet, no phone, my knitting and maybe a cup of coffee.  Doesn’t get much better.  I cast on both bands for the hat at the same time, and worked them up together.  I forget that trick to make somewhat boring little things go faster.

I’m going to head into October with a couple new schedule ideas.  I need to get a different calendar for myself, I’ve been using one that is too small, and I seem to need a bit more room, now that I’ve got the school related items on it too.  I know I’m still ‘old school’ and using a real calendar, perhaps this next year is the year I move to a fancy pants phone that has a calendar/organizer with it.

I’m also going to incorporate the crock pot into the regularly scheduled meals here!  That and a soup night weekly…………..as well as a breakfast for dinner night too.  More planning will give me more time………..I know that rule!  (just let it slide lately)

I’ve already moved a sewing machine into the common area upstairs, so I’ve been able to work on smaller items while waiting on a client, or supervising a kiddo.  I really do hate to just sit.  In fact, I’m not sure I could!

And, I’m going to quit promising items for clients in a week.  Too short for me these days.  I’m going to add a couple days and shoot for a pick up appt in 10 days.  That will ease things up a bit.  I have been passing on a few jobs coming my way from the Craigs list ad too………..several this week that really need someone with upholstery skills and a couple that had deadlines that would have pushed me over the edge.   (patting myself on the back here)

Time’s up, I’ve got wine chilling and knitting to do.

 

 

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Holiday Projects………..Already???

First week of September & I’m already feeling like time is slipping away from me.  Christmas will be here before I know it, and certainly before I’m ready for it.

Not even sure what all I want to accomplish………..but, the new foster kiddo is a big part of my TO DO list.  He has been asking Christmas type questions since he moved here, the last week in June.  🙂   I’ve been scaling down my holiday prep over the last couple years, as our family has become so much smaller & spread apart, but I know that isn’t going to hold much water with this new guy.  He is a teenager, but developmentally around 10 years old or so.

I’m thinking the first thing out of the sewing room needs to be this kiddos’ new Christmas stocking.  Everyone gets one here, but they take them with them when they move on to their own place, or to an adult family home situation….so, no socks lying about here.  After that, I guess the house needs some Christmas pizazz.  I did put up a tree the last couple years and made swags for the doors, but that was it.  I think we’re going to have to do that & then some.

I started sorting through my holiday stash of fabrics and discovered I will never be able to use them all.  I have some set aside for placemats & napkins, as well as the stocking…………..and a new tree skirt.  Also have a couple coordinating pieces in case I get a flash of inspiration as to where I can add some more holiday flare.

 

But, the rest of the fabric is going to find new homes!  I have spent the day pressing, measuring, taking pictures and listing them in the Etsy shop.

Here’s what went in today………….hoping to get 4-5 more on a daily basis.  When in the world did I think I was going to use this much holiday related fabric???

Victorian Fabric at Stitchknit

Fabric with a Victorian Flair

 

All Over Holly Print

 

Holly & Ribbons

 

Santa Print

Create Something Daily Challenge:

-The wedding dress is finished.  And, picked up tonight.  Fit like it was supposed to.  I am finding I like fixing existing items more than I like making them……..in the dressmaking department anyway.  The challenge of trying to figure out what to do, then how to do it………and keep it cost effective for the client is way more fun than making something I’ve probably done before.

-Again with the crocheted motifs for the Christmas stockings.  Still haven’t counted the total.  Have 2 zip lock sandwich bags crammed full, if that is any sort of measurement of progress!  I’m really not enjoying granny squares.  I was pretty sure I didn’t like them before, this project is sealing the deal for me!  Hoping to have all the little squares done by the end of the month (or sooner).  Would like these picked up in November.

And, that’s it.  Not much creating going on here.  I did however make some HUGE strides in the sewing room.  I have been so torn up due to the new window/insulation project here, and made a commitment to clean & organize before putting the sewing room back to order.    I’ve freecycled the scraps I just couldn’t throw out………..I’m listing the excess fabric I’ll never get to……   And, I’ve got multiple boxes labeled and ready for sorting.  I ……..will………get………everything………..sorted!  I moved the empty shelving units to the hallway outside my sewing studio, and will start putting the supplies out there when they are sorted AND labeled.  I am getting excited to think about being able to put my hands on the right batch of fabric or notions when I want them….  But, I’m restraining myself and going to stick to my plan of truly going through everything before putting it away.

I think I’ll keep up with the project, as it is very hard to work in the space as it is now!