Against the Odds

Yesterday, everything just seemed to conspire against me. I had a rare day off – by myself. ET at nursery for the whole day, I had a good 9 hours by myself…nine hours to fill with crafting fun. Or so I thought.

I am incapable of sitting down to do sewing whilst I know there are household chores to be done. So before, I could get started I tidied up and cleaned. I felt much better for having done it but that was one hour of my precious nine. This was followed by a series of phone calls to the garage, the solicitor, the GP…all pretty routine stuff that just had to be done. Well, phoning the solicitor isn’t all that normal but we’re mid house purchase and things needed following up. I spoke to my parents for a while, finally ate some breakfast and eventually sat down with the sewing machine at midday.

I had hoped today’s blog post would be all about yesterday’s project, but it’s a gift for a friend and I don’t want her seeing it on here before I give it to her…so you’ll have to wait a little bit longer for that. But I will tell you that I was making a clutch bag using a kit I had bought. I had cut the pieces out last week so all I had to do was construct the bag. That was all. But early on in proceedings I realised that I didn’t have enough fabric to make the bag as designed…either I wasn’t provided with enough or I had been inefficient in my pattern cutting. I think the former because I’m a stickler for not wasting fabric and have a tendency to hoard the tiniest fabric scraps. But I can’t be sure. Anyway, suffice to say I spent an hour just trying to work out how I could get around it. By this point, I had 3 and a half hours left of my day of independence!

I got stuck in. I didn’t complete the project before having to collect ET from nursery – I got a bit confused in places and found some of the ways of doing things in the pattern didn’t suit me so I spent time coming up with my own ideas. And to be honest, I’m a bit out of practice! I managed to complete the hand sewing in front of the TV last night – I don’t really like hand sewing that much and I discovered yesterday that this is nothing to do with the process of hand sewing (I rather like the pace) but I just hate the finish; I’m just not very neat and it annoys me. But I guess practice makes perfect. You’ll see what I mean when I write the blog post – today (perhaps when ETis napping this afternoon!!) I shall try and photograph the bag as “honestly” as I can!

It just felt like everything was conspiring against me yesterday, trying to stop me from getting anything done! But in spite of it all I managed to achieve something. Does anyone else ever have that kind of day?

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