I have been out of sorts and not in a good mood lately. Yes I know I have had a lot going on, but that is not the reason. Besides my crazy whacked out hormones what I am missing is some good ole Me time. Of course Little Buddy takes up a good deal of my time, I anticipated that. Of course I anticipated I would get more help with him but we know how that goes. I work like many of you, I try to regroup on the days I don't work but what I find I am missing is just some time for Me. Time to be alone in my house, time to create, time to do what I want, when I want, with no one to answer to or clean up after. As I have aged I have found alone time to be increasingly important to me, and frankly I am not getting any. My husband has changed his work hours so his long days are my long days, his short days he leaves for work the second my teenager gets home from school. And while he is at home he is working or working out or you know getting in my way. I desperately needed some time for me and this weekend I finally got it.
My husband left yesterday afternoon to drive my son's car up to him in Columbus, OH. Gosh can I tell you how happy I was with the prospect of some time to myself. After Little Buddy went down for his nap and my teenager got busy with his homework in his room, I got to work. I had decided that I would use my Me time to be creative, something else I am lacking lately. I had spotted some fabric in a bin in my cupboard the other day, it was fabric I purchased last year to make a skirt. We all know my sewing skills are seriously lacking, but the thought of having time to sew as long or late as I wanted was just too enticing to pass up. I gathered my supplies, ironed my already washed fabric, cut out the pattern and got busy. It has been a year since I sewed, and remember it wasn't all that successful, so I was happy that I actually remembered what to do!
Lets take a peek.
Look my first buttonhole!!!!!! It is amazing what you can learn from reading the manual.
Here it is!!! I am so excited that it went well. I love the fun colors and the contrasting fabric don't you?
Now I know many of you out there in blogland are a whiz with a sewing project I am not, so I am pretty excited this NewLook 0161 Easy pattern was indeed easy.
I was having so much fun sewing that when Little Buddy woke from his nap we made a run to Joann's with coupons in hand, for more fabric. He is usually a pretty good shopper so riding in the cart is fun for him, unlike my other two when they were growing up. We walked around the store looking at the fabric (which I thought was a bit limited) and talked about colors. We went and picked up dinner, (remember this is my Me time and cooking is not my finest ability) and went home.
After dinner, playtime, a bath and stories it was bedtime and off Little Buddy went into his crib. Hooray, Me time continues. I was like a mad woman, no Television, no music just me and the sound of my steam iron and sewing machine. I was having such a good time I kept going, actually late into the night for me. Finally at 11:30 I called it quits. This morning I finished popping the elastic in the waistband of skirt number two and I was finished.
I think I am going to love wearing these skirts. Are they flattering, well not necessarily, are they comfortable yes! As I get older I realized that comfort over rules fashion any day. I like things loose, I don't want anything tight around my waist or hips, I like things soft and cozy. Does that make me frumpy, who cares???? I am who I am.
These skirts reach just above my knees, another area of my body I'd like to hide a bit as I get older. When I was young I remember my brother saying to me that I had knees just like my Mom, believe me that was not a compliment. As I age I see it even more, where does knee fat come from anyway?
So there you have it, my two new skirts. I am tickled to death with them. And I have loved this time, time to stay up, time to be with myself, time to do what I want. I have half a nap and one more evening to go before my time is not my own again. But now that I have had this time I realize that I am going to need a lot more to be able to function properly. I am going to have to think about that. How do I get time for Me when I am pulled in so many different directions?
By the way my new work table is a dream to work on. It is the perfect height, easy to work at and well just perfect! I have one more skirt to go so I had better get busy.
Thank goodness Little Buddy likes to play a bit by himself. He loves cars and trucks and pushes them all over my room. I like to hear his talking and car noises in the background while I work. After he wakes up from his nap we are going in the pool so he gets good and tired for bed. Ah, the evil plans of a Mother!
Enjoy your day.