Have you seen the recent New York Times article about the "Busy" trap? It's been circulating on Facebook and really spoke to me, both because it confirms my intent to value time spent with loved ones and loved activities over money AND because it made me feel guilty for constantly over-committing myself.
I admit it, I like feeling busy. With 2 small children at home, I am busy by nature. It never ends -- as you know all too well! But when you add to this constantly bustling and interrupted life of a stay-at-home mommy a whole bunch of blogging, crafting and sewing commitments (including custom work and Etsy stuff), you end up feeling crazed, there's no two ways about it. I need to come up with a better balance, starting with writing out a schedule, organizing my desk and craft supplies, prioritizing activities with the kids, etc. It's hard!
But, the point to which I'm getting in all this rambling, in a post titled "My Apron for Haiti", is that part of my busy-ness is committing to making projects for charity -- alongside the aforementioned responsibilities. I want to be a good person, and I want to contribute and help, but often feel like this part of my life gets side-swept due to the rest of my busy-ness. I had set out to make 3 aprons for Craft Hope's Project 17, and only ended up making 1 (in time for the extended deadline) which made me feel disappointed in myself and like I should have better prioritized my time.
Sigh. I don't even know what my point is, really. I guess I feel like I should give more, to my children and to others. I am making a point of focusing on quality time with the kids this summer. And my goal before fall and Kindergarten is to get organized so that I can prioritize this focus on others without feeling crazed. Does that sound doable? I see so many others out there who make it happen. Tips and advice are appreciated! How do you fit in charity work along your regular work and busy-ness -- be it stay-at-home, work-at-home, work-outside-of-the-home...?
I hope all this makes sense...
Here is the ONE and only apron I made for Craft Hope's Project 17.
I used the adult pattern from the Mother & Daughter Apron Set from Stash Happy: Applique by Cynthia Shaffer. I simplified the applique work and only did one bird. I also skipped the ruffle because I'm not a ruffle kind of gal.
This was a perfect way to use up some of my stash and the pattern came together quite well. I wish I had ironed the apron more thoroughly before taking pics, woops! I was in a rush to get it mailed off while packing for our camping trip and wrestling 2 kids (See? Busy!!).
I think it turned out pretty cute and felt pretty sturdy and good quality. I hope the recipient likes it!!! It is always emotional to make something for someone who really deserves and needs it, you know?
Did you make some aprons for Craft Hope? I'd love to see! While I am not looking for pats on the back or commiseration, I would love any tips you have for fitting in charity work and better prioritizing one's home, work and craft life. Looking forward to chatting in the comments!