This week signifies the last week my kids are in school. After this week, it is officially Summer vacation. Woot woot! As a stay-at-home Mom and work-from-home blogger, that means lots more time to sleep in, snuggle with the kiddos, and hit up the beach…and a lot less time for work. Which is why every Summer we take a bit of a break here at the Sewing Rabbit and roll back the work schedule to just a couple hours a day. After all, these kiddos of mine…they are only young once. I want to ENJOY it :).
And you should too!!!
Ways to let your (thread) tension down this Summer.
Some ideas for letting go some of the tension this Summer in our sewing space, and just having FUN.
You know that old project you’ve had sitting in the unfinished pile for months now? Throw it away. You heard me. Pick up that half-sewn shirt that you hate, and chuck it. Give it to someone who will actually finish it or like it, or simply give the fabric to your local thrift store. You will be amazed at the weight you feel lifted from your shoulders from not having to look at it anymore!
Pick up Embroidery. You don’t need to abandon sewing altogether silly! Try embroidering something this Summer. Embroidery hoops are easy to travel worth, and great for doing while at the beach or pool…sitting underneath an umbrella….with a frozen drink of some sort.
Sew a T-Shirt Blanket! Don’t laugh at me, these projects are actually GREAT. T-shirt blankets are popular for a reason! Gather up all of those T-shirt road stop mementos and turn it into a blanket that will hold a lifetime of memories. Your kids will love it someday, and so will you.
Destash. You will be amazed at just how inspired you can get from cleaning out your sewing space. That fabric you bought years ago and thought you loved? Wrong. Find a studio near you that teaches kids how to sew, or better yet – a Home Ec class or homeless shelter to give your old fabric too! This actually has 2 benefits, one – you will feel so much lighter and better having gotten rid of fabric that wasn’t your style, and two – you now have room to go buy MORE FABRIC! Woot woot. If you can hold out til Labor Day, you’ll get great deals :).
Sew for a cause. Make a pillowcase dress for African children, or Skirt the Issue with Simple Simon & Co. Using your talents to help someone else will always make you feel like a million bucks.
Pick one time-consuming project (quilting for example), and stick with it all Summer long. Let it be about the details. Take months to complete that one special project that you never have time for in regular daily life. Let it be your Summer goal.
Sew for yourself. Find a nice dress pattern, and take the plunge. Make something for yourself that you will feel fabulous in! Then rock that bad boy all Summer long.
Sew nothing at all. I am talking total sewing hiatus people. For me, I honestly don’t know if this is even possible. But I have to wonder if I would come back totally recharged and ready to hit the machine full blast in the Fall. Maybe the next step would aid in this…
Get your sewing machine serviced. When was the last time you brought your sewing machine in? What better time than now to get it looked at and cleaned professionally. A 3-week turnaround might be just what the doctor ordered. And for when you simply must sew something, anything…
Sew something quick and easy. Whip up a quick 1 hour tote to bring to the beach or pool with you. A quick and easy sewing fix, that will still make you feel fabulous about what you made.
Go ahead, you can do it. Let the sewing tension out this Summer.
As for the Sewing Rabbit blog the next 2 months?
There will still be posts, some which have been scheduled weeks in advance. And we might even do some fun travel posts while abroad. And…we might not. It all depends :). I will feel not bad about it in the slightest either, in fact – I think I will quite enjoy it. And hopefully, you will too!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…