I got quite a few comments yesterday on the Countdown to Christmas post about how some of you are too overwhelmed to thing about starting something else. Last week, I was in the same place. All I could think of was all the things that I "had" to get done. I'm making two nieces a nightgown each, a couple purses, a few other things which are "unmentionable" in case the recipients are reading this blog, and I signed up for a postcard swap and a Santa Swap. In addition to all of that, I had planned to make small, zippered bags for everyone to hold their giftcard, small gift, etc.
Last week when I would go in my sewing room, I just got depressed. Or I simply bounced around, unable to focus on anything. Part of it was that I didn't have my trusty best friend to help me (Bernie), part of it was the mess (I couldn't focus on anything) and part of it was the overwhelming feeling of drowning in projects that should be fun, but when there are so many and with a deadline, they just turn into "work."
Once I cleaned and got my Bernina back in place, I had a fresh, exciting feeling. I jumped right in to the Countdown to Christmas as a "reward" for my hard work. Each new step for it is posted on Friday, so I'm going to make sure that I "worked" hard during the week, so I can take the time to play with that as each week's reward. I work really well with a reward system. <grin>
Then I started pulling out the patterns and fabric for all the stuff I was going to make. And I quailed! As the pile grew, so did my... anxiety? horror? dread? Hey, this is supposed to be fun! So I decided then and there to make it fun and simplify. So I decided not to make the bags for everyone. Maybe if I get in the mood, I'll make some and keep them for next year, adding to them whenever it strikes my fancy. Now things are much more "doable."
Or they were until I was working away yesterday morning and suddenly remembered that the postcard for the swap was due to be mailed today! So I threw the nightie stuff that I was working on to the side, ran downstairs to hopefully get inspired on Pinterest (for me, the hardest part of making postcards is coming up with a design--especially under pressure!) And then I spent the afternoon making a royal mess but ended up with a cute card. (Actually I always make at least 2--one to give and one to keep as an "archive" or else a future need.)
So in case you missed it, I went from a serene "I can do this" feeling to sudden panic in the blink of an eye. You have to really love this time of year, don't you?
When I post this, I'm going upstairs to tidy up again and then refocus on the nightgown. I will not work on the new step for the Countdown to Christmas until the nightie is done!! Ha ha.
Have a great day!