Friday, September 5, 2008

Finding time for creativity

I love being a mom. This is a good thing, because I'm very entrenched in mommyhood right now. Wiping little people, feeding mouths, doing laundry, buying groceries--it all takes more work than I ever dreamed. Of course, there are many pay-off moments--unsolicited kisses from the kids, sweet grins, pushing chairs in without being told... But, all the same, I am so exhausted, I have to "fake awake."

However tired I may be, I still need time for sewing and crafting. Being crafty energizes me in a way that boiling more macaroni can only dream about. (Yeah, I just live for throwing a handful of salt into pasta water...)

Here are a few projects I've managed to get done since Jack has been born:
As you can see, my hot mitt of 8 years had seen better days. My fingers were poking through the end.

So I copied it and made a new one from an old shirt. Unfortunately, even with three layers of quilt batting, it's not as insulating as Old Faithful.
I had to include this picture just for fun. I made this dragon mitt several years ago. He's not so insulating either.

Helen got another new dress. Here she was watching and waiting for waffles. Bless her little heart, she is usually the first one to the table and quite often the last to leave.

This was a special gift for a cute little man born last week.

And a little something for his big sister.


heather said...

Wow it again with creating!!! Great projects. Some of the fabrics look familar. And makes me long for your skill at the sewing maching. Now if you could do video how to's on your blog, we would be all set. :)

Love the little barrets esp.

Anonymous said...

You are really amazing! I don't know many people with 3 children age 3 and under who can still do crafts, let alone remember where their materials are! Anyhow, we all miss you all...Danlee had her baby boy on August 28th and he was 8 lbs. 13 ounces. She emailed me and I am looking forward to meeting him! Of course, I always tell her about amazing Joyce! Joanne

Cottonista said...

Heather, I'm sure you'll be seeing more of your fabric. Going through your scraps has been a lot of fun. I always wonder what your original projects were.

Joanne, how exciting about Danlee! You forgot to tell me the little guy's name. What I didn't blog about is how I feel like night of the living dead right now. I can barely put one foot in front of the other!

Anonymous said...

His name is Bradford (sounds very British to me!)...You better get some sleep while the going is good, amazing Joyce...Joanne

Sabrina said...

As always, I enjoy seeing your projects. Thanks for posting pictures. I hope you can catch up on sleep soon.

Anonymous said...

Cute oven mitt. . .I just replaced some hot pads as well, but my new ones came free at the Southern Pine meeting. . .if I tried to sew some I'd probably burn my hand off :). Jan

ShaunJoy said...

Goodness, your old oven mitt would have given me nightmares! I can manage to burn my hands even without the help of added finger holes. :} Very cute projects... inspiring... and a bit exhausting.

Anonymous said...

what I meant was that I'm so terrible at sewing that it would not be made right and then I'd burn my hand if I tried to use it :). Jan

Sherri said...

I love it when you post about your little projects! You are inspiring and very talented!

Did you happen to get either of my kids names for Christmas this year? :)

Lynette said...

And we do thank you for the special tatoo shirt for Luke and the barettes for Ava. Obviously, I haven't read your blog in a while, but I guess that's just the way life goes now and then. :)