I’ve Been Down…

…But, I’m back up!  I have projects that I want to share, but my camera is kaput and so I have to use my hubby’s phone and I haven’t got around to playing fashion model yet.  I also have to clean off the mirror, because my four year old puts on lip gloss and kisses herself in every mirror in the house.

Right now I’m working on t-shirt refashions and Christmas presents.  I still haven’t started any button specific crafts, because I start going through the buttons and I get distracted.  I think I might be a supply hoarder.  I have lots to use but I like them so much I don’t want to let them go.  I know.  I’m weird.

I let my daughter pick a tutorial for us to sew together.  She picked a tutorial for a t-shirt for her My Life doll.  Halfway through, I told her, “I’d rather buy your doll a shirt than continue with this project.”  The fabric wasn’t cooperating.  She was getting frustrated as well and didn’t mind leaving it with an unfinished neckline.  When she tried to put it on her doll, it was too small anyway.  It is now a cardigan for one of her Beanie Boos.

I just remembered why I started this post.  I was thinking, as I was sewing, about how much easier it is to sew when the kids aren’t home.  Kind of a no brainer, but here are my top 5 reasons:

  1. I can sing along to my iPod, as loud as I want.
  2. If I keep the shades closed, I can make something for me and not have to put another shirt on in between adjustments.  Essentially, I can sew in my bra or underwear.
  3. I can work on anything I don’t want them to see, without having to banish them downstairs, keeping one ear or eye open for any ninja spies.
  4. I don’t have to answer any questions like, “What are you making?”, “Who is that for?”, “How did you do that?”, “Why did you do that?”, “Will you make me this?”, and the list goes on.  Sometimes, when I’m in the sew-zone, I don’t like to be interrupted.  I love my children, but sometimes, they ask way too many questions.
  5. I’m so much more excited to show them what I’ve made when they haven’t seen the process.  I love to watch their eyes light up and I love to surprise them with something out of nowhere.

There are some downsides to sewing without them at home:

  1. I can’t ask their opinion on something.  I know I said I like to be in my sew-zone, but sometimes I need my ten year old daughter’s brutal honesty and before I start anything for my eleven year old son, I run it by him first.  Also, they always amaze me with the things they come up with.  When I wasn’t feeling well enough to make clothes for their stuffed animals for them and they HAD to have clothes, they went through my scraps and used a stapler to put the clothes together.  Patterns?  They don’t need no stinking patterns!
  2. It is really hard to make clothes for them, without them there to try them on between steps.  Skirts are easy and I don’t need them for those.  Yesterday, I made both girls a pair of leggings, using a store-bought pair of leggings for the pattern.  I was going to surprise them but I could tell that I was going to have to revise my strategy.  So I had to wait until they were home.  I’m not very patient.

I’m going to play fashion model and get some pictures taken this weekend, and then I’ll catch up on my posts.

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