Week’s Work (Making + Listening)

I began this week determined to get some things done. And I have. I’ve been making lists, making plans, and making embroidery transfers from drawings. I’ve cut fabric in the half-hour increments I’ve created during the day. I’ve carved stamps and printed.

stamping fabric

I’ve made brown.

mixing screenprinting ink

My set of screen printing ink has the primaries, white, and black. You can make a good brown with red and a smidge of black.

I sneak downstairs, plug in my phone, and play Pandora–listening to something keeps me moving. I have a variety of stations and I always put it on shuffle, but I’ve noticed after 7 pm it plays me more blues than anything else. That seems about right for the evening hours.

Perhaps the most important thing I’ve made this week is time. Without deliberately putting it into the schedule, it doesn’t happen. After lunch today I told my two younger kids, “Give me a half hour to cut fabric, then we can go outside for the rest of the afternoon.” They did, I cut with a purpose–having made a list so I could make the best use of my time–and then we went outside.

What have you made this week?

Joining up with Dawn once again…

9 thoughts on “Week’s Work (Making + Listening)

  1. Dawn Suzette

    Those new stamp are so neat Amy. Lovin the sail boat!
    So true about time and taking advantage of small increments as you get them. We have an hour of “quite time” after lunch around here. So much gets done during that time!
    Thanks for joining in… Always love to see what you are making!

    1. amy Post author

      Thanks, Dawn!
      “Quiet time” never really took off here despite my efforts. (My kids weren’t much for napping without me either.) I wish I could enforce that as a regular part of the day but I just have to wrestle some time where I can instead. The kids are in on my plans and goals and that helps too, most of the time.

  2. donna lee

    “you have to make time” is what I tell all the people who say “I don’t have time to knit/crochet/sew/draw/craft”. It’s a question of priorities. Since I am at work most of the week, I set aside one weekend day to be MINE and an hour or so each evening to do what I want. Sometimes I am brain dead and the most I do is read but it’s still my time.

    1. amy Post author

      A whole day would be…amazing. Weekends are still kid- and errand-focused here, but I’m just at a different point in life than you! I volunteered to help coach my youngest’s soccer team–she is over-the-moon excited. So of course that’s worth having to claw out the odd half-hour here and there. :-)

  3. Alex

    Your stamps are beautiful!
    Finding and taking the time can be tough. I have done the same as you many times, the “let me do this for a tiny bit and then we will do something together”. It has worked well in the past!

    1. amy Post author

      Thanks, Alex! Yes, the youngest is old enough now for that strategy to work…most of the time, schedule permitting!

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