Here we are, two weeks into the new year, and I am just starting to settle into a new routine.
The Christmas decorations are finally put away. OH HAPPY DAY!
Feathering the nest for winter means a good winter cleaning, decluttering, organizing, and a big deep breath…followed by a relaxing AHHHHH! I can finally take some time to relax into a creative routine. For me, that means stitching a little every day and making progress on old and new projects.
In 2021, I challenged myself to sew for 21 minutes a day, every day. While I was able to keep that up about 75% of the time, I was amazed at what I was able to accomplish last year in just 21 minutes a day! Seeing results kept me going, and having that timer on my sewing machine was the visual reminder I needed to stick to the routine.
On January 1st, 2022, I increased the kitchen timer to 22 minutes a day! My staff here at Sue Pelland Designs gifted me with this new assortment of Kitchen Timers!
I select the timer of the day…set it for 22 minutes… then I sit at my sewing machine and I stitch. When the timer goes off, I sometimes ignore it and continue to stitch for as long as I can! Other times, I do just the minumum, then I am off to work. There are times that I am setting the timer at 11 in the evening, to get my 22 minutes in just before bed.
Covide has forced me to build a new life and get into a new groove. I have to admit, at first, it felt like a “rut” instead of a groove! But little by little, I am embracing this new life that was forced upon me, and learning to enjoy the routine.
Let’s face it. Our world was turned upside down, and life today looks nothing like it did 18 months ago. We can despise it, fight it, resist it, and curse it. But in the end, we just have to accept it and make the best of it.
So if you are looking to put a little more creativity into your daily routine, join me this year by adding 22 minutes of stitching to your day!
For those of you who already have a “creative time” routine, why not set the kitchen timer for 22 minutes a day for one specific project. Start the 22-minute timer and dive into the UFO pile! Choose one project each month and use that time to move one project one step closer to the finish line every day!
If you are up for the 22 in ’22 challenge, leave a comment below and let me know the first project that you are going to work on. I’m using my 22 in ’22 to keep up with my temperature quilt and I have made it a goal to post a new block every day on Facebook and Instagram and tagging the post with #22in’22 and #sewing22in22
I hope you have found your groove, gotten into your 2022 routine and are feeling the AHHHHH!
Happy Applique! Sue Pelland