It's Wednesday and time to check what's on the sewing machine...but...uggh...nothing good is happening there.
I'm not burning out, I'm just brain dead and uninspired. It's partly this busy time of the year when every day I turn around I have another birthday party or end of school party or meeting to attend with James. I swear for pre-kindgergarten we sure have a lot of end of year activities!
So what's a creative girl to do when her brain has left the building, her house is a wreck, and her heart just not into quilting?
Pick up needlepoint.
Yes, this is what I mean by mindless entertainment, and my apologies if that has utterly offended you. Painted, preplanned, needlepoint is about as mentally challenging as tic-tac-toe.
All the colors are planned. All the spaces just need to be filled with that color thread. You don't need to think! You just need to grab a needle, pick the right color, and keep some scissors handy.
What's nice about working on this little gingerbread ornament is I'm able to keep half my mind focused on quilt designs or a Craftsy class I'm watching while the other half of my brain is just remembering to stitch brown thread in brown squares, pink thread in pink squares, blue thread over blue squares.
It's tedious, yes, but it's also mindlessly entertaining in a way I seriously need right now. I'm overworked and overstimulated. I need a break, but if I stop stitching entirely I usually just end up picking my nails because my fingers get restless.
Am I happy right now? I'm too busy to answer that accurately, but this time of the year will pass very soon. In less than 2 weeks James will be out of school, we will go on vacation, and the slow routine of summer will begin. I can't wait!
Let's go stitch!