Everything takes longer when you have kids.
Reading a book.
Leaving the house.
Those tiered skirts on the ironing board in the background of the picture above? That’s my little creative project for the month. And back before kids, I would have smashed out 4 of these in a few hours. At the moment, with term 3 homeschooling back in full swing and a 6 month old who still relies on me for sustenance a dozen times a day… they’ll take all month.
But that’s ok. That’s more than ok.
I’m making them for my daughters after all, and it would be a bizarre service of love to get cranky at small folk because their immediate needs were getting in the way of completing a pretty new skirt to wear.
I LOVE sewing and it’s one of my many hobbies and what I’ve found over the past 17 years is that we need to keep our hobbies through the parenting journey, even if we can only fetch moments here and there to enjoy them.
Some hobbies are easier to enjoy around children. Gardening, for example. Others – like sewing – require set time, attention and space.
But the things you used to love doing are still important and it’s good for children to see you doing the things you love.
There’ll be more time one day. And one day when I’m making skirts for – God willing – my grandchildren, I’ll whip up a dozen a day!
For now, I’ll be very happy if these 4 beautiful skirts are gracing little legs by the end of the month.