Being both a mom and in ministry, it is very rare that I can say “look what I have accomplished!” So, I take the above advice to heart.
I like to be creative, with quilting as a major preference, but it is bit too time consuming at the moment. But I am asked to make one thing or another, like my son’s assumption that of course Mom can make a Naboo starfighter costume for Halloween. So why not take on the challenge of learning to sew doll clothes for our daughter’s Disney princess collection? With Christmas coming up, a tiny low cost, high impact wardrobe will be a perfect addition for under the tree.
First step? YouTube, blog and Pintrest searches. My favorite DIY tutorial is this one by Jess at Craftiness is not Optional, from which I decided to base my work. I love just taking a basic idea, and going with it! (A theme that runs throughout my life.)
Second step? Sort through my fabric and ribbon collections with a quick trip to the fabric store for a few odds and ends. (Okay, the low cost aspect was quickly history, but I did really need some new spools of thread and expand my stash of Velcro.)
Third step? Find 20-30 minutes here and there to hide in my craft corner to learn and enjoy a new skill. (Warning: if you are making a present, you may be interrupted by the gift receiver, so have a quick way to hide it all.)
The surprise? Once I actually began to create the dresses, the moments became small retreats.
Picking out cute fabrics and ribbons, focusing on one thing for more than 5 minutes, and letting my imagination run as I thought of how much my daughter would love the final result – well, those few minutes have been helping me stay sane.
To slow down, appreciate the moment, be mindful of what is in front of me, and yes, block everything else out, was just what I needed.
While I have the final dress almost done, I will definitely be finding new projects to work on.
Creator God, as the Ultimate Artist and Crafter, help us find joy and peace in the moments when we can use the gifts You have given us. Help us make time for our gifts, and in turn, make time for You. Amen.
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