I'm having a stunted start to my kids-at-school productivity. First I threw my back out and could not walk for several days (I have never in my life had back problems) and last week I came down with strep throat, which was possibly even more debilitating than the back issue. I have managed some small successes in my studio, but I am also prone to these kind of crafting distractions. I made myself a long and focused list of things I want to accomplish in the studio, and yet something will call to me out of the blue and I absolutely HAVE to drop everything and follow the impulse. Do you do this, Kate? I feel like I have Making ADD sometimes.
As I was emerging from my strep haze last weekend a huge box arrived from my mother-in-law that was filled with vintage lace, notions, and some other trim. This is no small haul, it came crammed into a 2' X 2' box. The same day, a package arrived for the kids that contained a 1980s Cabbage Patch Doll some friends found while visiting their mother. My five year old approached me that afternoon and announced that her Cabbage Patch Kid (which was mine when I was her age) had fallen in love and it was her wedding day.
Could I please, PLEASE make her a wedding dress? I don't always say yes to this type of request, but I had a massive lace collection sitting next to me and, oddly, my mother had given me a Cabbage Patch Kid dress pattern when we visited over the summer. So I said yes. It can be so fun to make things for the kids to play with as there is no pressure for perfection and they usually adore whatever I throw together. My craft distraction started here.
And it ended four outfits later! Do you think I am crazy? They were so easy to make (maybe an hour each) and I have sooooo much scrap fabric. Anyway, I put the scraps and lace away and am refocusing (for now). Hopefully the dolls don't have anymore momentous occasions that might use up my abundant lace supply any time soon.