Do you struggle with finding enough time to stitch? And even more – do you wonder where all your time goes? If you’re tired of never having enough time to work on your needlepoint projects, you’re gonna L-O-V-E this blog post! Ready to dive in?
You know you can’t quit your job. (At least, not yet.????) And you can’t ignore family commitments and responsibilities. If you want to find time to work on your needlepoint projects, it’s up to you to make that happen.
So, how do you do it?
Everybody knows that the first step to financial success is committing to a budget. And that budget is often influenced by your goals. Maybe you want to pay off your mortgage within five years. Or maybe you just want that new canvas you saw at your local needlework shop.
Now, whaddya say we transfer that analogy to your needlepoint hobby – what are your goals? Do you want to finish some of your UFOs? Stitch a stocking for your new grandchild? Learn 10 new decorative stitches you can use on your canvases?
Write these down, and put them somewhere you can see them every single day. And get ready for “Resistance” to rear its head. You know – it comes in the form of those excuses that sneak up on you. And life – well, it sometimes gets in the way, too.
But if you’re excited about spending time with your favorite hobby, that’s the first step.
That may sound like a “no-brainer”, but it’s the #1 thing that can stop you in your tracks. Let’s put that into perspective with another money metaphor…
You wouldn’t set a $100 budget for eating out if you only had $25 in extra cash each week. Likewise, you need to be realistic about the time you can commit to stitching. If you’re juggling a busy schedule, a fifteen-minute stitching session every day may be all you can find time for right now.
Pencil your stitching session in on your calendar or put a reminder on your smartphone because, as the saying goes, “if it ain’t written, it ain’t real”. If you don’t put it on your calendar, you won’t do it. Trust me on this one…
If you’re really good at budgeting your money, you probably know lots of little tricks. You wait for terrific deals, clip coupons, keep an eye out for discount codes, etc. And there are little tricks you can use when it comes to budgeting your time, too.
If you take a really close look at your schedule, you may find that you have extra time in your day that you can use for stitching. Of course, that may mean cutting back on the time you spend browsing Facebook and Instagram.????
I’ll bet you were expecting that advice, weren’t you?
Budgets ebb and flow — unplanned bills show up and “can’t-miss” opportunities arise. The best financial advice is to be flexible and review your budget frequently. And sometimes the time you’ve budgeted doesn’t go as planned. I know – life can get reeaaalllly busy. But don’t beat yourself up if you need to re-schedule a stitching session or two.
Keep a positive attitude – and fit in however much time you can! Just get back on track as soon as possible.
One of the best financial tips out there is to pay yourself first. And just what does that mean? When it comes to your finances, it means setting aside money for your future self before anything else. (Think emergency funds, retirement accounts, etc.)
So, how does that apply to your needlepoint hobby? Well, you can use the same strategy to plan how you want to spend your free time.
Wanna finish some of those UFOs? Completing projects that have been lingering for far too long not only cleans out your stash drawer, it clears your head – and it just makes you feel a whole lot better in general.
Wanna become a more confident stitcher? It takes practice to develop your needlepoint skills and when you get those extra hours of stitching in every week, your confidence is sure to soar.
Or maybe you just wanna relax. I’ve stitched oodles of projects entirely in basketweave because I thoroughly enjoy the rhythmic motion of tent stitch.
It brings me joy – and who can ever have enough of that?! So the question is… do you want to invest in yourself?
When you think of it that way, making time for stitching seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it.
Now that you have some guidelines to help you find more time to stitch, I’m curious. Which one(s) are you gonna try first? Tell me in the comments box below. You know I ❤️hearing from you and I read every single note.
This Thursday, we’ll chat some more about time-saving tips in the new weekly Serendipi-TV broadcast from the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page. I hope you’ll join me at 1:00 p.m. Central!
Until next time, happy stitching!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house. We decorated our Christmas tree on Sunday afternoon and I have to say, I think it’s my favorite one – ever! Even though most of the ornaments are the same ones we’ve put on for many, many years, there’s just something about this year’s tree…
We’re at the end of October and I just can’t believe it, can you?! The trees are beginning to change colors here in Alabama and it looks like we’re going to have a beautiful fall.
Cooler weather is finally here, too. In fact, we turned the heat on this past weekend and I brewed my first cup of hot apple cider tea just yesterday morning.
and that means pulling out the hand-knit blankies and my grandmother’s quilts, the cinnamon spice candles, and, of course, the electric tea kettle. I love a warm tasty cuppa in the morning when the temperature drops.
How about you? What’s your favorite cold weather beverage? Hot tea and hot chocolate are my favorites.
Bright yellow mums, vivid orange pumpkins, ruby red apples, golden bales of hay – signs of fall everywhere!
I thought I had all the threads I needed, but I changed my mind about some of them. Do you ever do that?
Here are a few of the threads I’m going with now…
I can hardly wait to dive into stitching this happy canvas! It’s getting my full attention – right after I wrap up the project I’m doing for the spring issue of Making magazine.
I already have some ideas whirling around in my head for what I’m going to do. I’ll share some of my notes – and my progress – with you when I start. ????
And if you want to see my progress on the Tuscaloosa canvas, just click here. I’m nearly finished with it!
Before I go, there’s a little housekeeping I want to share with you, too.
one for needlepoint and embroidery and one for knitting and crochet. (I’d love to have you join me in one – or both – if you aren’t already a member. Just click the link(s) above to hop over and request to join.)
I added the new yarn group so you’ll have a place to gather with other kindred spirits who share your love of knitting and crochet – and so that you’re receiving the best in curated content for your favorite hobby.
I’ll be hosting FB Lives every Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Central time in our Serendipity Needleworks groups, beginning next month!
Here’s the schedule for November…
That means there won’t be an issue of NeedleNotes or a blog post next week.
In the meanwhile, have a wonderful rest of your day and Happy Stitching!
PS: What do you do to cozy up your house for fall and winter? Tell me in the comments box below and I’ll add your name to the drawing for an exclusive Serendipity Needleworks needle minder. I can’t wait to hear from you! ❤️
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