This topic is always so hard for me to write on. Some days I’m able to accomplish so much, and other days it’s a struggle to make a hot meal for dinner. Creating, crafting, spending time on my hobbies, doing things that inspire me, that fill me up, that make me feel like “Maggie” — there is a true ebb & flow to these opportunities. Many, many years ago, before we had any babies or even moved away from Michigan, I had a lot of time to create. Even once we left Michigan and were in Minnesota, I had a lot of time to create. Even when we lived in California, I had more time to create (compared to today).
These are all choices we’ve made, and none of them are right or wrong or better or worse. And I want to make these choices, because deep down in my soul they’re what feels right. Today, at this very moment in my life, it’s easiest and most-fulling to create in 20 minute increments. I enjoy “basket” projects, things I can easily start and stop without much prep or clean up. I enjoy working with my hands, using color, texture, different fibers. Embroidery has been the perfect fix for my need to create.
Sometimes, thinking about my history with sewing — starting Gussy Sews and then later, Caroline-Made, brings a variety of emotions. But then I remember this: without that history I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I absolutely love the freedom of where I’m at today. I, in a totally different (but very personal) way, am overjoyed to not have the responsibilities of running a handmade shop.
And so these 20-minute work increments, when I can pick up my needle and get to work on an embroidery project — one that includes all of the materials needed in a cute little box (or basket), I’m all heart eyes over the idea. It’s what I need right now, this season in my life — this very short, super fast paced season.
And so this is how, when my heart is enveloped in motherhood, I craft.
Instead of fighting against the flow, I work in small bits of time. I keep my supplies nearby. I focus on working on things that bring me joy. And, I look for ways to create so the final product can then be enjoyed over and over again — similar to painted lyrics hung on the wall or finger knitting garland for a bookshelf or mantle.
Twenty minute increments. Give it a shot :)
PS. this bicycle embroidery kit is from I Heart Stitch Art.