Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Crafting? Who has time for crafting?

Sometimes having a wide range of hobbies is a bad thing. I walk into my sewing room, and realize that in order to sew I have to put up the bead box and the glue gun for the hair clippies I was making, and then I have to move around the overflowing basket of felt that the kids can cut and sew with. At some point in there the wiggle eyes fall out of their package again and I have to put them all back in before doing anything else, then I have to go get a ziploc from the kitchen to put them in. If I come out of the sewing room, one of the six children needs something to eat or something to drink or something to do ("Can I have just 10 more minutes on the computer to finish this game?"). Then I need to find a sling so I can go back to the sewing room and feed the baby at the same time. Back in the sewing room I find a few orphan pattern pieces and remember that I said I'd organize a sewing room, so I head back to the computer, promising the small internet junkie child of mine that I'll just be a minute, and yes, he can have 2 extra minutes on the timer, send out the email and resist the temptation to receive any new messages right now. After the orphan pattern pieces are put into the basket designated for other orphan pattern pieces I find the chinese coin pendants we were looking at while we studied 18th century Chinese history and remember that the boys want cool necklaces out of them, so the bead box comes back up to the sewing table and a suitable cord is found for them, but no matching cord crimps to match the pendant or the necklace clasps, so a mental note is make to visit the giganto hobby store in the next week or so to get something to match, and the bead box is put back up. Then the cotton yarn that the toddler undid last year is moved out of the way, because now is not the time to rewind it into balls because it would have to be untangled first. So instead the 15 pieces of fabric from the last several sewing projects are either put back onto the shelf or into the scrap bag for the lady who quilts.

Can I sew yet? No, the baby needs a new diaper and the toddler is awake from her nap. And someone needs to cook supper. Wasn't the 21st century supposed to have those cool instant food pills or some kind of Star Trek gadget that did the cooking for you? Maybe I need one of those before I need a new sewing machine or set of crochet hooks or wire crimpers or more stencil templates or red paint or scrapbook paper! One day if I get it all organized in there I can get something completed during a naptime!

I suppose I could just let the toddler loose with a spoon of nutella - that would keep at least one person busy for 10 minutes or so....

6 comments:

TexasTesla said...

Ah, mommyhood. Why can't it play nicely with hobbies and adult time? :-)

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Whew--I'm exhausted just reading about it!! lol That baby is so dang cute--look at those eyes! wow.
Smiles, Karen

With You In Mind said...

amen!

treasurefield said...

Awwww...! It's worth it to juggle the crafting when you have those cutie patooties! I wish mine were still that small!

Ada said...

Love the nutella face, adorable!

Body Language Soaps said...

That all just sounds WAY too familiar. Did you come visit my house? Wait, wrong list of supplies, but other than that, it sounds the same. Sometimes I swear if I hear my 4 year old say "Mommy, I'm hungry" just one more time, someone is gonna get hurt!