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    Senior Member nance-ell's Avatar
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    I'm always amazed at the talent on this board. Not just the sewing, but the creativity! I see so much I want to try, but finding time is my first challenge... before even thinking about the challenge of creating something worthy to share with you folks! Between work, housework, cooking, etc.... not to mention spending way too much time on this board... LOL. How do you all find the time?

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    Ummm......... I don't.
    I'm here too much hahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    I'm always amazed at the talent on this board. Not just the sewing, but the creativity! I see so much I want to try, but finding time is my first challenge... before even thinking about the challenge of creating something worthy to share with you folks! Between work, housework, cooking, etc.... not to mention spending way too much time on this board... LOL. How do you all find the time?
    I'm not half as quick as a lot of others here, I too am amazed at how many quilts some people produce.

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    You have to take time to do what you love! When I worked, I met so many who said, "I don't have time to sew". Well, I always took time, because I loved it so much, & feel the same about quilting now. Even if it's just a few minutes here & there, or a little time, now & then, make time for it. Believe me, if you really enjoy it, it's good therapy too, & you will be glad you did!...

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    Dont let the time fly by. It goes to quickly.
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    I don't work anymore. I quit as soon as the last child was out of college. But when I did work, one of my off days were not spent working at home. The kids did the housework as soon as they started wanting extra money and car privileges. Everyone did their own laundry and DH discovered when he was hungry he didn't have to wait for me to be hungry before he ate. I worked 10 hour days so no way was I going to give up doing what I enjoyed when I was home. I didn't see the kids or DH give up any of their time. Moms/wives always seem to put themselves last for doing anything for themselves. Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    I'm always amazed at the talent on this board. Not just the sewing, but the creativity! I see so much I want to try, but finding time is my first challenge... before even thinking about the challenge of creating something worthy to share with you folks! Between work, housework, cooking, etc.... not to mention spending way too much time on this board... LOL. How do you all find the time?
    Look for 15 minutes here and there 7 learn to give yourself some time for the things you love to do...like quilting! pab

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    I'm right there with it - there are so many projects I want to do but so little time to do them.

    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    I'm always amazed at the talent on this board. Not just the sewing, but the creativity! I see so much I want to try, but finding time is my first challenge... before even thinking about the challenge of creating something worthy to share with you folks! Between work, housework, cooking, etc.... not to mention spending way too much time on this board... LOL. How do you all find the time?

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    Mostly weekends for me. When I get home from work during the week, I have to fix supper and then spend time with DH. He really does not even want me on the computer for more than 15-20 min, lol.My sewing room is upstairs so he can't see me...ei just have to fit it in....he does not throw fits, just gives me the huge cold shoulder. Sometimes that gets really old, but try and remember with relationship there is work. We met up about 6 yrs ago. He had never been married or live with anyone before me, ei no kids either. We have been living in same house 1 1/2 yr now. Many huge obstacles. I am very independant and set in my ways as well.

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    I just fit it in when I can. I try to get my household duties out of the way before the baby goes down for his nap. That way, when he's sleeping, I get a couple of hours in. I don't do much else until after the kids are in bed for the night...and sometimes I'll spend 15min, sometimes I'll spend several hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happymrs
    You have to take time to do what you love! When I worked, I met so many who said, "I don't have time to sew". Well, I always took time, because I loved it so much, & feel the same about quilting now. Even if it's just a few minutes here & there, or a little time, now & then, make time for it. Believe me, if you really enjoy it, it's good therapy too, & you will be glad you did!...
    I am in the same boat. I was raised in a house with two quilters (both mom AND dad) and grew up always taking time to do "crafty" things! The women I work with and the volunteers I am in charge of at work are amazed at the things I do ... They don't understand how I have the time ... Well, I MAKE time! There was a period where I did not do crafts, I did not sew, I did not quilt, I did not even get on the computer or read ... It was a very bad time in my life and my doctor saw the need to put me on medication. My DH felt awful because here we are - both just over 20 and straight out if college and I was miserable. After talking with my mom he realized that I was working too much and started scheduling time for me to be crafty. He starts talking me to the fabric store and craft stores and finding things that catch my eye and buying them for me to make :) Anyways ... Longer story short, I am now off medication and totally loving life :) just had a funky year where I had to MAKE time for ME things :)

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    I dont have alot of time either.....AND admit I am here too much, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    I'm always amazed at the talent on this board. Not just the sewing, but the creativity! I see so much I want to try, but finding time is my first challenge... before even thinking about the challenge of creating something worthy to share with you folks! Between work, housework, cooking, etc.... not to mention spending way too much time on this board... LOL. How do you all find the time?
    Well, my philosophy has always been, If you want to do it bad enough you will FIND the time. Back when I was "younger" and working full time, with teenage sons & a husband getting in the way, I came home and sewed window treatments for other people, in addition to making a couple wedding gowns. It was my "therapy" after dealing with dental patients all day. Now I am retired, no husband and no one else around but the dogs and seem to have less time to sew. I think it is because I don't have any time constraints. I waste a lot of time.....

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    I work three 12 hour days a week and my days off during the week are my time to sew. No distractions.

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    busy ladies

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    You have to make time for yourself. I work full time and have three kids. I make time for me!!! Sometimes it isn't as much as I would like, but I do squeeze it in whenever I can.

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    [quote

    I am in the same boat. I was raised in a house with two quilters (both mom AND dad) and grew up always taking time to do "crafty" things! The women I work with and the volunteers I am in charge of at work are amazed at the things I do ... They don't understand how I have the time ... Well, I MAKE time! There was a period where I did not do crafts, I did not sew, I did not quilt, I did not even get on the computer or read ... It was a very bad time in my life and my doctor saw the need to put me on medication. My DH felt awful because here we are - both just over 20 and straight out if college and I was miserable. After talking with my mom he realized that I was working too much and started scheduling time for me to be crafty. He starts talking me to the fabric store and craft stores and finding things that catch my eye and buying them for me to make :) Anyways ... Longer story short, I am now off medication and totally loving life :) just had a funky year where I had to MAKE time for ME things :)[/quote]

    What a wonderful and intuitive DH. I always turn to creative outlets during "down" times and it really does make a difference! Congrats on coming out of your "funky year"!

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    Since I quit watching so much TV I'm getting a lot more done.

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    who cleans and cooks :lol:

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    During my "regular schedule" otherwise know as during the school year, my weekdays are FILLED with school stuff. It is sad. Saturday is house day - cleaning, groceries, laundry, etc. -- but Sunday, SUNDAY is *MY* day -- the boyfriend plays paintball and I do whatever I want - which generally means playing in my sewing room.

    Summer is much more laid back, I will have a few weeks of training where nothing is done outside of the training stuff, and then a couple of "sundays" in a row, and then usually more training.

    It works for me because the BF wants to play paintball without me throwing a fit like his ex - I want to sew without him throwing a fit (so he gave me a room to "destroy" - with my stuff).

    You just have to schedule it in.

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    Cooking, Cleaning? I'm sorry, those words are no longer in my vocabulary! I would have all the time in the world to sew if only I could stay off this board! (Retired)

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    When I worked full-time I got up at 5:30 and sewed for an hour before I left for work. I was always too tired in the evenings and felt like I should spend time with family then. No one else was up that early with me so I could get a lot done in the quiet alone time. I learned to make time for the things I love; it's the only way to keep happy and sane (most of the time).

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    I've known ladies who work full time who do like janRN.
    You could also cut things out on a Saturday or Sunday and have the blocks ready to go for when you get off work and perhaps do only one block if that is all the time you have.
    I'm in charge of charity quilts for our guild. I cut out blocks when I'm visiting my mom (250 miles away so I visit a week or two at a time) I do it while she is napping.
    A lot of our members work full time so they pick up the bags of 2 -4 blocks that have directions included and then they bring them back when they are done. When I have enough blocks for a quilt those go in a bag for someone else to make a top. That comes back and I add backing, batting and binding and the next person completes it. Sometimes another person adds the binding. It is all little steps to completion.
    Perhaps you could apply some of that for your own projects.

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    Get up very early and for most part an empty nester. Funny thing when I was pre menopausal did not sleep all night and sewed a ton!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Ummm......... I don't.
    I'm here too much hahahaha
    HA! Me too! One of the reasons my quilting projects have declined over the months!

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