As busy as I was in blog-land two weeks ago, this past week you may have thought I fell off the grid. Oh, I wanted so much to get to the projects I had planned and to mingle a little longer at the linky parties, but “real’ life was tugging hard at me this week, and when “real” life and “blog” life get into a tug of war, “real” life always wins.
I DID get some things done that I want to tell you about, though! And I do have a fun plan for the coming weeks!
But first, I wonder how many of you struggle like I do with LAZINESS?
Every once in a while I find myself in a full-on battle. I’m not talking about the kind of laziness that makes you want to sit on the couch with a bowl of ice cream and watch Netflix marathons. No, though that does sound appealing sometimes, I don’t even have Netflix. Or cable. I would REALLY have no time for DIY if I did! I’m talking about the kind of laziness that kicks in when you’ve been doing something you love, but as with anything, you need a break, so you take one. The break leads you to let your guard down and realize that even though you love it, life would be so much easier without the thing you love. You would have so much more time. Maybe more energy for other things. You would get more sleep. You wouldn’t feel so rushed. Your break was too good, and it’s hard to get those wheels turning again. I’ve been going through a bit of that, I think. This can happen not just with things you love, but relationships, or a commitment you’ve made.
I call it laziness because it’s different than being tired. I get tired all the time. I haven’t slept through an entire night in years. YEARS. I am accustomed to being needed constantly. My children need me all day long and then they need me at night, too. Being tired I can handle.
And I won’t call it burnout either – that’s not the same thing. Burnout in my opinion is when you have hit some kind of mental wall. There’s no mental wall here. I have plenty I want to do. Plenty of ideas and plenty of desire to do them. I will be disappointed and sad if they don’t get done.
I can just be so darn LAZY. So I’ve done a few little projects this week and enjoyed my “break” from my bigger sewing and blogging ventures but I think it’s time to amp back up again, lest I succumb to this temptation to have more time for things like showers and sleep.
First Project: The Camera Strap Hack
My sister-in-law (not the one that is constantly getting me to try new sewing projects – my other sister-in-law) is currently tempting me with the idea of opening a bakery/cafe/gift-shop with her – so between my two sister-in-laws I have a lot going on in my dream world). Anyway, she just got a new DSLR camera and had mentioned that she wanted a strap for it. Not the kind of strap that comes with the camera, but a more fun, stylish kind of strap. She showed me a picture of one on Etsy, and honestly, I probably would have just gotten it for her, (because they were beautiful and I like to support other Etsy shops) but that Etsy shop was on vacation, so I decided to try one on my own. Here is the link to one of the listings on the Etsy shop in case you are interested. I think she does beautiful work:
I only have one picture of it because initially, I wasn’t planning to blog about it. I had such a simple plan for it that I didn’t know if it would amount to much of a blog post, but then my other sister-in-law reminded me that this blog is called “No TIME for DIY” and that this is the EXACT kind of project that belongs here, so I reconsidered and you are now going to hear about my little camera strap hack. Ready?
- I bought an infinity scarf.
- I cut it to the appropriate size.
- I then cut up an old pair of black jeans that do not fit me anymore and used the denim at each end of the scarf to encase the raw edges.
- I cut the webbing off of the end of my own camera strap and sewed it into the other end of the denim casing and attached it to the camera.
There you have it. Stylish camera strap. I took one picture and put it up on Instagram before I gave it to her:
This was all well and good until it was time to travel to Dallas for a family visit including my nephew’s baptism and a trip to the Dallas Arboretum and I grabbed my camera. Oh yeah. I cut my camera strap up to make my sister-in-law a camera strap. Now what? Enter two sparkly lanyards hastily purchased at the Dollar Store the day we left town (I live in a very rural area right now. My choices were the grocery store or the Dollar Store). I clipped each lanyard to one side of the camera and crossed them to wear it around my neck. It worked fine for the weekend but I am thinking about doing my own camera strap now. The lanyards may be getting deconstructed and used in another project.
I also worked a bit on perfecting my “key to my heart” purse pattern. You may recall it was a little zipper pouch. It has now been re-sized and a webbing strap has been added. I LOVE it more than I should as a grown adult. The pattern will be up on Etsy soon. I will be making one with an adjustable strap to sell, also. Two of my nieces each made one for themselves (we’ll call them my “pattern testers”) and my daughter just HAD to have a strap added to hers. Here’s the one I used this weekend as we traveled. Having a small cross-body bag did turn out to come in handy:
I decree the laziness ends here and now!
My plan for the coming week: A doodle dress sew along. (Doodle is my daughter). I will be attacking Butterick Pattern 3350 and documenting for all who want to sew along with me. This is a challenge for me. I have only done a few articles of clothing for my daughter so far and only one of them was something that required an actual pattern. I was so intimidated by patterns and before I decided to tackle that one, I looked around online for other people who were doing or had done a pattern I wanted to do so I could follow along. I found shockingly little out there for the kind of dress I wanted to do. So this is my contribution to the next beginner out there. If you are looking for some company or motivation in sewing your daughter a dress, look no further. Subscribe and stay tuned because this one will be a series of posts. I have exactly one month to get this done before we hop on a plane to visit my family in New Jersey. Ready, set…
Wait, what should I do first? Finish the purse pattern? Start the dress? Do my own camera strap?