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Day 396 - Trying to Find Balance (pictures!)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sorry I haven't been on much this week. I've been thinking for a long time that I have really gotten in to a rut, so as I told you earlier, I decided I need to find some kind of hobby. I wanted to find some balance in my life. For the last year, my life has pretty much consisted of work, church, and Spark. So, when the opportunity came, I took a sewing class. Sewing wasn't something I have ever been interested in learning, but it just happened to be the first thing that came up, so I grabbed it. Anyway, turns out that I love it! It is so much fun to create something with your hands!

So, as I told you in the title, I was trying to find balance in my life by adding some kind of hobby. Turns out, balance really isn't my forte - lol! I have spent every waking moment that I was not at work, sewing! No tv, no cooking, no cleaning, no computer, no Spark, no nothing except sewing! Ugh!!! I guess I haven't come as far in my all or nothing attitude as I thought I had. In trying to get some kind of order in my life again, I went out grocery shopping Saturday, but then I came home and cooked ALL the meals and froze them so I would have more time to sew this week while I am off from school! Ugh! So much for balance - lol!

The good news in all of this is that, while I didn't Spark much this week, I did continue to maintain, so I didn't let the food get out of control while I was so hyper-focused on something else.

I'm going to try the balance thing again this week, so I'll let you know how it goes! Hope y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week! Here are a few pictures of some of my creations this week!


This is how I found Itty Bitty this morning! (yes - I made a quilt too!) She picked out the material for the bags. The big blue and green she said is to carry her build a bear in (that's the leopard that she's sleeping with). The little blue and green is to carry all of his accessories in (she picked more masculine colors since he is a boy - lol!)


This is my favorite! This is a Bible bag that I made for her on Saturday (after I went shopping and cooked al the meals for the week). I even put pockets inside for her to carry her pens and hi-lighters!


Here is a close up of the quilt. It, of course, was the most time consuming, but also the most fun to make!

I'm sure I will be making many more in the months to come! I cannot believe how much fun it was, and I haven't had fun in my life in a long time! I will, however, try to find a little more balance, so that I will still have time to maintain my home and Spark with all of y'all!

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CRYSALLIS1 12/19/2013 8:48PM

    I don't know as spending so much time sewing and skipping tv etc was a real bad thing. You put your energies into exploring something new & fun. Looks like you and your daughter had some fun along the way too. Busy hands weren't snacking hands I bet. By cooking & freezing your meals you planned, prepared, and then took your mind off food. As for the cleaning; who cares? It gets dirty again. I bet you made up for that eventually too.

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SUEPERWOMAN 11/26/2013 8:24PM

 
Aren't you talented! And your daughter must be very proud of her Mama, too.
I struggle with moderation as well. I hope we can figure it out one of these days.
In the meanwhile, enjoy your sewing!

Itty Bitty reaps what you sew, LOL.

Love, Ginger
(happy Thanksgiving)

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KANOE10 11/26/2013 8:49AM

    Those are beautiful.I hope you continue making these items. It is good to maintain and relax until you feel motivated again. You are doing a great job of finding balance in your life.



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EJB2801 11/25/2013 10:32PM

    Isn't it fun choosing and handling beautiful prints? What would our world be like if we all balanced everything neatly? Probably there would be many generous words unspoken and many heroic deeds undone - and maybe some of those kind of deeds we don't want to dwell on, too, I suppose. It's just as important for you to have fun as anybody else, and it sure helps with re-setting energy levels. Plus you have a tangible item to use or share.

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AUTUMNHOPE 11/25/2013 8:22PM

    I've missed you, but am SO glad you have found a passion for something other than food !
You;re really emoticon at it, too !
The bible bag is precious. What a lovely design ! emoticon

Well, I hope you do find balance, but I am glad you are excited about something emoticon

Love the pic of itty Bitty emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/25/2013 8:11PM

    Oh how fun! I started making vegetable and grocery bags . . . . but yours are prettier than mine! (So far, I'm using materials I have on hand . . . . experimenting with old sheets, etc.!) but I did make a really cool triangle bag from some camo material I had stashed . . . it was sew simple, fun and useful!

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MRSP90X 11/25/2013 8:07PM

    I want a bible bag too!!!! What beautiful creations, and you really have the nack for it!! Missed you, but glad to see you are doing really well!!
Very cool! So much for balance emoticon

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TMRGRANNY 11/25/2013 7:57PM

    So beautiful. I love everything! Don't you feel so productive? I tend to be the same way, all or nothing. Missed you, but so happy that you are having fun!

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STAY39 11/25/2013 7:11PM

    Those are lovely! I miss you but am glad you found something you are enjoying so much. Great job maintaining. I always say balance is key! It is certainly not easy. My son has that same build a bear. He chose army fatigues for him and calls him Sargent Spot. So cute! I especially love that quilt! Beautiful! emoticon

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MARTINE08 11/25/2013 3:50PM

    These are precious...you are going to quite the seamstress....well you ARE quite the seamstress. I love to craft, sew, knit, etc...and this post was just so inspiring. You are one superstar and an amazing person! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 11/25/2013 3:20PM

    You could make some extra money at craft fairs with those. They are so beautiful. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MINIMOE1 11/25/2013 2:19PM

    Lovely creations. You have a great sense of colour.

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ALICEART2010 11/25/2013 2:05PM

    Wonderful creations!

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_BABE_ 11/25/2013 1:54PM

    Sewing does that to me too....you just want to work and see finished product. Nice job. emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 11/25/2013 1:11PM

    Well you've been busy!! Something I have found very fun to sew is mittens. You can do polar fleece for the lining and something more wind resistant for the shell .I've done denim with fleece and it turns out nice. There are free patterns online. emoticon emoticon

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NHES220 11/25/2013 12:47PM

    Itty Bitty looks adorable snuggled under the quilt with her leopard. Wow, you have done an incredible amount of work, you've been busy! My sister, mother-in-law and older step-daughter are the seamstresses in my family. It is something I've never had the knack or patience for. Hope you have a great week!
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IDLETYME 11/25/2013 12:00PM

    Wow - you are so talented! They are just adorable and better than some that you see for sale (and these were made with love!). Congratulations on maintaining! Your daughter is precious too!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 11/25/2013 11:50AM

    Incredible amount of beautiful projects done! Good for you! Itty Bitty must be loving all her new items. Hugs, Laurel

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 11/25/2013 11:49AM

    What an awesome obsession! You can't feel bad about it when it's so productive - I love all the colours!

So....who's getting bags and quilts for Christmas? A nice quilt at the end of your new bed would look nice....

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KAMINEKO 11/25/2013 11:34AM

    Nice job, Dachelle! Love that you're embracing your creative side! Look at all you have to show for it.

Also, the pic of itty bitty snoozing is adorable :)

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GAILANN48 11/25/2013 11:32AM

    Glad to hear you're well and exploring a great new hobby! What a gift you have! These are BEAUTIFUL! When you're finished making household items and gifts for family and friends, you should sell these! If you ever do that, I'd love to be a customer! I like Itty Bitty's color choice for her build a bear. :)

As for balance, I was recently advised that balance is NOT a static, motionless position, but is instead the rocking back and forth, the corrections, the constant struggle to stand between (or among!) polar opposites. I was told to imagine standing on top of a teeter totter, rocking alternate sides of the board. Yup, that's my kind of balance!

So, balance on, dear girl! Happy Thanksgiving!
:) Gail

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MSHEL7 11/25/2013 11:13AM

    Hey, I think this is absolutely wonderful. These are beautiful and we need time to do stuff like this too. We can be so focused on our journey that that makes us out of balance too. I'm so glad that you took some you time. Take care and have a nice week.

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WHITNEYLD 11/25/2013 11:00AM

    Aww, so cute! It is great to learn a new skill. I am happy to hear you are maintaining without obsessing over it. It gives me some hope that one day I can stop obsessing and end my cycle of meticulous calculations and complete free-for-all.

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