Time. My excuse for not sewing is because I say that I don’t have time. Honestly I have the same amount of time as everyone else. I have more free time than most since I don’t have children and my husband does his fair share of housework (unlike the average, from what I read).
Why don’t I have more time to sew? TV. I love TV. I don’t know if TV viewing can be called a true addiction but it is on when I am at home, much more than it is off. I watch TV while I sew, clean, cook. Even to fall asleep. Recently I realized that I’m only super excited about a very small percentage of what I watch. Why am I committing so much time to something that brings me very little joy?
I have decided to quit cold turkey for 21 days. Why 21 days? Starting May 1 made sense and I go on vacation starting May 22. My husband and I enjoy binge watching TV series’ while on vacation and we have Veronica Mars Seasons 2 & 3 and the Veronica Mars movie to watch on this trip.
I am hoping to have more time for sewing and exercise and reading and listening to music. Things that I do enjoy but have been crowded out by TV. In preparation I have downloaded a couple of audiobooks. I will need something to listen to while I sew. I will also take my neighbour up on her offer of free knitting lessons. This is the wonderful lady that stayed with us during the flooding last year. I also want to record my parents telling their life stories. I think it will be invaluable to have records of them telling their stories in their own way, their own voices. Sarah Polley’s film “Stories We Tell” is a bit of an inspiration but my dad recorded all of the big events in our lives growing up and I want to continue the tradition. It is even easier today with video on our iPhones but we do it less.
I am still working on my digital print retro dress. It is coming along really well. Just added the zipper but it didn’t line up well so I had to take it out. I really just need to complete that, add a waist stay, and hem it. I also decided to sew a maxi skirt. I won the Sewaholic Gabriola pattern but it hasn’t arrived yet so I’m using Vogue 8750. It has waist shaping similar to the Gabriola. I decided to sew it in an eyelet lace and found a vibrant green in the discount bin at Fabricland last weekend. $5 per metre!
The Husband and I celebrated 19 years of marriage yesterday! I can’t believe it has been that long, in some ways, but we have done a lot, moved a lot, so it seems about right. I thought I knew him inside and out but a little while ago I mentioned visiting New York for our 20th anniversary and said we could go to Mood while we were there. He had no idea what Mood Fabrics was or that it is a central character on Project Runway (am I right?). I told him it was my Cowboys Stadium, which we toured in 2011, he being a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.
Isn’t it weird when you think your spouse knows something simply because you do and then they don’t? Just like he recently asked me if I knew how to build a spreadsheet on Microsoft Excel and I told him that is basically what I do for work…for, like, 38 hours a week. Then I built him the simplest of spreadsheets in about 5 minutes and he thought I was a genius. So weird.
TL;DR – I’m quitting TV for 3 weeks so I can sew more. Still working on my Vintage Vogue dress. Husband and I just celebrated 19 years of marriage. It’s weird what you don’t know about each other after all that time.