A year ago when I was first thinking about start a blog, I started to look into blog names. I had no idea at the time where the blog would really take me (still don’t to tell you the truth!). But I was just looking for something fun, something that would kind of reflect a little of me and my life. What names popped into my head? A lot, as usual. But most of those were taken. Ha!
Eventually Me Sew Crazy was thought up, and here I am!
Do I think of myself as ‘sew crazy’…ummm, not really actually. Do I sew a lot? Yes. But do I let it take over my actual life, or interfere with the raising of my children or taking care of my family? No.
Where I actually thought the ‘crazy’ part of my blog name fit in was with me and my family life! Not my sewing.
I was always a little ‘crazy’ personality wise. I just like things to be off the wall sometimes, what can I say? Growing up in my family’s house, we loved to act like huge goofballs. Example? We have a home video somewhere (lost hopefully), where I made all my brothers and sisters dance around with diapers on our heads – yeah, that happened. Ha!
And now with 3 kids underfoot, things can get quite literally ‘crazy’ in our house. It can seem like downright CHAOS at times. I used to think with 2 girls we were walking the line to crazy. Now that the third has been born, we are smack dab in the middle of crazy-land every single day!
Where does sewing fit in? Sewing is my bliss. It is my happy place. It is what I like to do to get away from it all. So whereas a lot of Mothers hit the stores to relax, or read a book, or watch TV, or take a nap…I sew. Unless I am out on a date with my husband, there is almost nothing I would rather be doing than sitting with some quiet time in front of my machine.
So when do I find the time to sew? I have found that when something is your passion – you will always MAKE the time.
Most people sew at night – after the kids go to sleep. This is actually when I do NOT sew. Trust me, I would really like to! But my husband has this thing where he actually WANTS to spend time with me. Crazy – I know! So I have tried to make it a rule that once the kids go to bed, it is my time to be with him.
When does that leave me sewing? When the kids are napping, or if the kids are watching TV. Sometimes really, really late at night when the husband goes to sleep (not lately though with the newborn – as I need any sleep I can get!). And sometimes extremely early in the morning when I can’t sleep or am the only one awake. But usually its just bits and pieces here and there, whenever I can snag free time!
And YES, I do let other things go to the wayside by putting sewing on the top of my priority list. Things like cleaning, or even cooking sometimes. I know that is not an option for some. But in our house, a mass cleaning gets done once every 3 weeks. And cooking gets done probably 4 nights a week, and PS – I love my crock pot! (Thank you Crock Pot Girls – HA!).
I think that is okay, and let me tell you why. Because right after taking care of my husband and my kids, I need to take care of ME. The bottom line is, if I am not happy – no one else is going to be! And sewing makes me happy. Yes, of course seeing my kids running around and playing joyfully makes me happy. Getting their love and affection for being the greatest mother in the whole world (in their eyes) makes me beyond the moon happy. But sewing fulfills that space that needs to do something for ME.
It is my *DREAM* that one day I will have help. Someone who will come watch the kids for me 2 to 3 days a week for a full 8 hours in the middle of the day – no interruptions! And I can just dedicate that time to sewing, to making a business out of what I love. But with no family nearby, this hasn’t been a reality for me. I am so enviously jealous of those that have help like this! You have NO IDEA.
But until the day when all of my kids are in school, this is what I do. I sew any chance I can get. I blog because I love it. I create and share with you because I want others to find the same joy and happiness I have found in this art. And I pray this will all lead me someday to a place where I can make a successful business out of it.
I was always that girl that had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. Well, now I know. And I feel so blessed to have discovered this gift.
So that’s a little bit about me in a nutshell…