What happens when you find yourself in that "lost mode of sewing? Where do you find that ability to return it? Do you find yourself missing that buddy/friend that kinda comes up missing on SW?
I find that when I get into one of those modes, I just need a break from sewing. Usually time off ,will replenish the "want to" again. I can go to my sewing room to clean or look through my sewing stash, and once again the mind starts flowing with things I can make or do..And soon, I am back at it again..
But ..when this fails to work.... There's nothing like that buddy/friend , who sends you that message and helps you to return. When things seem drab ,sometimes , that wonderful friend can help you pop right out of that "no sewing mojo".
When I miss a familiar face on SW , for a little while.. At first, I think they are just really busy..or they need some time off..but the mama in me....soon starts to worry about them.. And I just have to check on them..just to be sure EVERYTHING is ok!!!!
Oh Charlotte, that really sucks! Hope you get your machine up-and-running (or replaced) soon! :-( I feel a bit lost when my machine goes into the shop for repairs - even if I haven't used it in a couple of weeks, it still feels a bit like part of me has been removed. (Guess that makes me a sewing addict, yeah? Oh dear.....)
I've found that the Sew Weekly challenges have really helped me with my sewing mojo. The last couple of years I kinda lost it for a while - I had lots of plans, lots of patterns and fabric, but it was a struggle to make even one thing a month. The challenges, and the time lines and thinking-outside-of-what-I-usually-make have really worked for me - given me the focus I needed to get back into sewing and actually progress my skills a lot more than I had in years! I still get hit by the loss of mojo thing, but I've been countering it in two ways:
- the realisation that if I miss one week's challenge, it'll be all over for me - far too easy for me to miss two or more! Kinda like chocolate biscuits - if I don't eat any, I'm safe, but as soon as I eat one, I eat the whole pack. Guess I'm an all-or-nothing kinda girl.
- even if I don't feel like sewing, if I haven't done anything for 2-3 days, I tell myself to just sit at the machine for 15 mins and then I can go and do something else. About 5 mins into it, I'm all revved up and loving it and tend to stay there for an hour or two. Sorta like going for a run or a swim - once you actually get moving, it's a lot easier to find your rhythem and keep moving and enjoy it, but the prospect of changing into your running gear and heading out in the first place can be rather daunting and not-so-fun.
On a side note, I'm also feeling a bit bad that I haven't been participating in the forums and the like much lately - been a crazy crazy time at work and my outside-work social side (such as you lovely ladies!) has fallen by the way-side a bit. I feel like I'm being a fly-by-night Sew Weekly person at the moment - ducking in once a week and posting a challenge pic, then running away again! :-/ Hopefully I'll get back to participating more in the awesome discussions and the like soon. :-)
Love your thoughts.. "just sew 5 minutes and then you can do something else" ....by then ..your into it..Great motiviation.thanks..
we have missed you..but so understand..sometimes life gets soooo busy that time just doesnt allow. and sometimes ,we have to step back and take a break...
I enjoy your postings.. Happy Sewing.
Keep smiling Diane, and don't let the lowlife bring you down, Camden Market, I am jealous, sounds like a lovely day out, just the ticket!
I am enjoying the hols too Diane, sewing issues aside, today I am baking my friend's wedding cake, 3 tiers! She is very brave letting me do it! 4 hours in the oven for the largest tier.....
Kat I have been stalking the sewing machine engineer this am and actually been to his house.... if it isn't fixed now I know where he lives, ha ha. He was very polite about my choice of machine but reading between the lines he thinks it's rubbish - he said it was good for light sewing but I might want to trade up for more serious use. Also it's electronic and he seemed to think mechanical would be better. He has shown me how to adjust the bobbin tension myself now (partly to get rid of me I think!). Fingers crossed....
I am so sorry to hear about the horrible things going on in your areas.I have been seeing it on tv news.My heart and prayers are going out for each of you. And the ones that have lost thier lives.So sad..Why,why, would anyone want to hurt innocent people? It seems the whole world is getting in this shape.
So proud your going to the Camden Market ..Hope you have lots of fun..look forward to seeing pictures of your great finds and enjoyment..