Sunday, August 3, 2014

A little at a time

A little at a time. That is what I kept telling myself all of July. I've been putting in a lot of extra hours at work and repeating this mantra is the only thing that keeps me on task instead of flying off to try to do six things at once. I'm not really making progress, but I am not falling behind either.


At home I have to repeat it often too. Even though my big move is done, finding a roommate and then rearranging everything to make space for her had to be done a little at a time. I've been working on the apartment all month and I finally finished the day she signed the lease. Sometimes it felt as though I would never finish everything, but a little at a time worked, even though there will always be more housework.


Since I have been so busy, I've been applying my little at a time philosophy to my needlework as well. The results are much more satisfying than they are at work because they are so tangible. Using my new mantra, I've made progress on several projects, including the gift basket I featured last week. Here is another example.


I am working on some pillow shams for a September wedding. The first weekend I was back in Colorado, I bought and washed the fabric. The second weekend I cut and sewed the shams. The third weekend I centered the waste canvas and started stitching. And just a few days ago, with a little time to spare one evening, I attached the ribbon trim. Two more stitching weekends and I will be done. A little at a time is working and I'll have a fantastic homemade wedding gift done on time. It feels great. A little at a time doesn't always work for me, but a little at a time stitching is the best therapy when everything else is out of control.

I've hardly felt like I've worked on these, but they are almost done!




  1. I must remember a little at a time when things get on top of me. Hope the new room mate works out okay for you, I have lived on my own for 11 years now, do not think I could share with anyone now.

    1. It works Margaret--at least for stitching projects. I've been on my own a long time too, but since I won't be home even two full months between now and the end of the year, I think that the savings makes up for having a roommate. Plus, my new roommate seems to be a nice independent woman. She has to be since I left within 20 minute of her starting to move in!