Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Finish What You Started

I've learned the hard way, that when I am not feeling creative or inspired to work on a project, it is best just to let it sit. So many times I have started something, and then gotten distracted or even lost the inspiration to finish what I started, only to end up with a big mess on my hands because I tried to force myself to finish it. That's the problem with being creative... sometimes it just comes and goes. And when it goes... it's gone.

I actually started this last year in July... and even then it had been sitting on my desk for a while. I don't know why I started it, or who I had intended to make it for, but I could imagine that having really bad "morning sickness" (that actually lasted all day) was the very reason that I left it in my "finish later" pile. But now that the "baby cookie" is almost here, I found the perfect inspiration to pull it back out and finish it... a sweet little "softie book" for him or her.

I never would have guessed how much time it would actually take me to finish it... all the little button details and applique really added up. I can remember, though that my mom had made me an "activity book" when I was a little girl. It had all kinds of zippers, snaps, buttons, and strings to teach the skills that little hands need to learn.

But all in all, it feels good to have finished one thing that was collecting dust in the "unfinished projects pile". Do you have such a stack too? What do you have on your list to finish that has just been waiting for that little push of inspiration to come along?


  1. Such a cute book. Well done for finishing it.. not long now til the baby is here :-)

  2. Too cute! Did you use a pattern or tutorial? I have tons of unfinished projects and usually need a deadline to get them finished.
    Anyway, I'm sure babykins will enjoy this special book. Well done, mommy ;-)

  3. lettie mae, this is my own pattern. Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to start sewing immediately and to have to wait to do it the right way with a pattern seemed to take to long. Needless to say, I have made many things that didn't fit together just right, but luckily one can learn a lot from one's mistakes.

  4. this is so cute...i really like the blue owl!

  5. I love this quiet time book! Have a great week. Only a couple more weeks and your baby will be here. Yahoo! I am so excited for you. Hugs from Georgia!

  6. oh, this is super sweet! ugh, yes, i have a huge stack of projects, and like you said, sometimes you're "there" and sometimes you're just NOT.
    This past week I've been up to my eyeballs in blog stuff, yet not my own, sigh. I've also been all about food, we have one of my husband's superiors coming over to dinner this weekend, so it's speed cleaning and menu design/food prep. one of those rare times I can't wait for the weekend to be over! =P


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