Is it really that time again? I say this only because we are launching into the photo shoot phase of Stitch Gifts 2013, and I know that means that gift-giving time is getting near.
I will readily confess that I am a midnight sewist. I love the adrenaline rush of sewing feverishly into the wee hours to meet a deadline, and it's been that way since I was very young. I have tried over the years to be more measured in my sewing jags, but it's just not in my DNA. Give me a good 15-hour sewing day and I'm pleased as punch.
Now take Rose DeBoer. She is a much more sensible seamstress, in my opinion. Throughout the year we have weekly show-and-tells on Tuesday morning at our Sudbury office. Each week Rose shows up with a new project. I am frankly stunned at her prodigious results. How did she do it?, I asked enviously one day.
Rose explained to me that she once participated in a project run by a Chicago newspaper based on the concept that you could accomplish amazing things by spending only ½ hour a day six times a week on it. Her dream was to sew more and when the project ended she just continued the habit.
It's shocking how much she produces and almost everything is a gift item. Be it baby shower, birthday or holiday gift, Rose has something in stock.
I really, really, really wish I could be like that. In fact, I wish it so much that in my log of personal goals, which I keep to remind me of what I want to accomplish (and what I haven't!), I have written down "Sew ½ hour 6x a week.". Now I just need to get another ½ hour added to the 24-hour day! Until then I will be a binge sewist.
I want to add that Rose recently moved down the hall to the Quilting Arts team as the managing editor. We wish her much good fortune and will miss her heartily here at Stitch. No worries, I plan to wrangle a few guest blogs out of her!
While Stitch Gifts 2013 is still very much under construction, Quilting Arts Gifts is ready for pre-order in the Sew Daily Shop to whet your gift-making appetite. It's a grand issue.
How do you approach gift making? Are you measured or maniacal? Am I the only crazy midnight sewist out there? Do tell!