Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sewing Bliss = Free Babysitter!

After a rough start (thank you, Daylight Saving Time... NOT) I had the most wonderful surprise.  My in-laws offered to take the kids for a few hours after church this morning, so I could enjoy the peace and quiet of an empty house.  In those 4 hours, I cranked up the iPod, and stitched up a pair of pants.  Actually, the 2nd pair of pants this week! I can't remember the last time I had 4 uninterrupted hours of sewing?!  I felt like I was a teenager again, holed up in my bedroom with the radio blaring... and it was so rejuvenating! No stress of "late night", poor lighting, yawning, "just one more step" working.  No kids yelling, "MOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!!, I want a _______ (drink, movie, snack, toy, friend to come over)".  No pinning upstairs, running downstairs to sew, running upstairs to trim, running downstairs to press, running upstairs to answer said hollering kid...

Do I feel guilty about enjoying the absence of my kids for a few hours today? Yes.  Did I truly enjoy myself today, be-bopping between the ironing board and the sewing machine? Yes.  Did I end up with the most wonderfully tailored wool pants?  Yes!  Did the kids enjoy being spoiled rotten, eating too many Dorito's at Grandma's house? Yes!  Do I have pictures to show you? No.  Sorry... I was on a roll there, wasn't I?

It's dark now (thanks again, Daylight Saving Time), so I'll need to have a photo shoot tomorrow with my wonderful personal photographer.  But I'll leave you with a couple little sneaky peeks...
 The beige stripes is a stretch wool I bought at Joann's about... 4 years ago. No kidding.  The navy suiting is from the Expo last year, and being 60" wide, I only needed a tad over a yard, so I've got enough left about a yard and a half left over!  The colorful cotton are quilting cotton scraps left over from dresses I made for Little Miss Princess. I used it to line the pockets and waistband, reducing the bulk, and adding some "inside interest".  Also, they are great memories of my little girl twirling around and grinning from ear to ear.  Kind of like me in my sewing space today...

12 comments:

Lindsay T said...

Sounds like you had a good day. No sewing yet for me; just trying to figure out what to work on next...

BeeBee said...

Hey, no reason for guilt - your kids had just a great a day as you did. Happy Eastern Standard Time.

KID, MD said...

So jealous!! I love having a quiet house to sew. Doesn't happen very often. I'm glad you got to enjoy some "you" time today, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of those pants!

Christiana said...

Yeah..time for sewing.

Great idea of using your quilting cottons for lining waistbands and pockets. Great way to a bit of pizzaz

Christiana
sewamusing.blogspot.com

Lori said...

I remember those days of at home time with silence! Very enjoyable. Sounds like you were very productive, can't wait to see your pants.

Debra Martin said...

What a happy day! Looking forward to pictures...

Irene said...

Yes, even moms need some "me time". Glad that you had a wonderful day.

Karin said...

Grandparents are the best! Can't wait to see pics of our new pants.

Michelle said...

Yay for free babysitting! And what a productive day you had. I am sure I would have wasted at least half the time playing with patterns, watching reality TV, and any other unproductive things that I do on any given day!!! Can't wait to see the final photos.

Anne LO said...

What a great post. :-)

Gail said...

I love daylight savings, but I don't have little kids. Your pants look great.

meredithp said...

Absolutely no reason for guilty feelings! Just enjoy!