I find that summertime is a slightly challenging time for my crafting.
No, scrap that… I have absolutely no issue with some calm sewing, seated in dappled shade with a backdrop of distant overlapping sounds of summer; lawn mowers, children’s laughter and cheerful bird song.
But it’s not quite the scene that you find in our garden at this time of year.
It’s a truth often said (or at least which should be often said) that a half finished sewing project, sun tan lotion, melting ice creams, and sand pit contents are not the component ingredients for a happy crafter.
And in a final blow to my crafting plans, the Little Pumpkin has decided that day time naps are now firmly placed on the negotiating table.
So it can feel as if I’m constantly chasing my tail, but I know that I’m not unique in this pace of life.
And in the midst of all the chaos my sense is that, before I know it, the Monkey and Pumpkin will be well on their way to independence, running off with friends and leaving my ‘goodbyes’ hanging in the air unheard.
That before I know it, I’ll find myself longing for the days when a paddling pool was the epitome of post school entertainment.
After all, it’s nice to be needed isn’t it? Nice to be a main cast member rather than the support act.
And so my ideas mooch around my head for a little while longer, but it’s a trade I’m willing to make. I might not be making all the projects I’d like to but I’m helping two amazing children grow into the people that they have been created to be.
And I’m walking with them as they discover the gifts and talents that lie their hands and the things that make their hearts sing the way that being creative resonates with my heart.
And in the meantime I’ve been trying to move things along and tie up loose ends, in particular a dress for the Little Pumpkin that I started for Easter but missed the deadline.
In a fit of frustration at the dresses’ audacity to fail to be completed on time, I allowed it to sit there requiring, but not receiving, attention.
But it does look adorable on Little Pumpkin and so I’ve picked it up and fallen in love again with its pattern and colours.
So now it is hemmed, pressed, finished and ready for wearing to a special day in a few weeks’ time.