You know the feeling you have when you have a million things to get done around the house? And it all seems to be growing exponentially? If you're anything like me, you'll resolve to spend the day getting things done. First up, the laundry. You'll get on top of it today if it's the last thing you do. With resolve you gather every last dark piece of clothing from around the house (or whites, whatever floats your boat) into your two arms cause you don't want to empty the laundry basket that is already full of clean clothes from last week... that you haven't yet folded, they're all wrinkly and such. You try to get to the laundry room without killing yourself. Of course you can't really see any dangers in your path (the cat) due to the huge amount of clothes in your arms covering your face. But alas, you do finally get there, after many dropped socks (which are all properly cursed at).
Now you feel like you've accomplished a little something, so you might as well go to your sewing room for a little break. Then you end up perusing Etsy and finding the cutest embroidery pattern in the world. For only $4 you can't resist purchasing it. To make a long story a little shorter, as soon as the pattern was mailed to my inbox I was tracing the pattern onto some muslin and happily choosing felt and embroidery floss. Did I have time for this nonsense? No. Do I really care? Nope. Am I happily stitching on an adorable cuckoo clock? Yes. Am I thrilled at the fact that there are jackalopes involved? Absolutely.
I love wool felt. It makes me happy. I ordered this stack from this wonderful Etsy shop. She has so many gorgeous colors, it's hard to choose which ones to get! My embroidery floss also makes me happy. I won this super silky Cosmo floss from my friend Monica's giveaway last year. Wow, it's sooo nice. It costs more, but is so enjoyable to stitch with.
I am messy. But creative messes make me happy. Unlike kitchen messes which were supposed to be cleaned up after the laundry. Hey, that's what kids are for right?
I'm slowly working on getting this quilt pieced too. We're still (still!!) wrapping up the end of our homeschool year. Only a couple weeks left! Woohoo! Then I'm hoping to get caught up on some quilts. Of course, I always say that. I know I'll be outside doing yardwork, going on camping trips, and canning jam. Maybe finishing the laundry (that was a joke).
I don't feel too guilty about stitching when I should really be doing other things. It really recharges my mommy batteries. Then when I do get back to housework, teaching my children algebra and cleaning up cat barf, I have more of a skip in my step, even a sense of calm. After all, the little things really are the big things aren't they?
I hope you give into some creative distractions this week. Who needs clean socks anyway? x