You knew it was coming. It happens every year. It might be the indulgence of the Christmas season or the abundance of holiday ‘stuff’, but it never fails to arrive in my house right before New Year’s. It’s that feeling of ‘enough already!’ It’s time to get back to work, to put away the glitzy decorations and clean up the mess!
I’m not the only the one who feels this way. Thrift stores see a surge in donations as people clean out their closets right after the holidays. January is the home of the White Sale in every department store across the nation as people want to start with a fresh slate. And it’s not just the home. People also tend to want to ‘clean up’ themselves! January is the busy month in every health club across the nation.
Where it really hits me is my studio. It’s this time of year that I surrender to the fact that I’m not going to make another fabulous collar like the one I stitched in October, or a pink version of that tan/gray tote I fashioned in August. No matter how much I love that Seashell quilt, I’m not going to make another one. I struggle with recognizing those facts and feel guilty about crossing them off my to-do list without completing them. But accepting those decisions gives me a renewed energy that I’m carrying with me into the New Year.
So it’s time to wipe the studio clean. I’ll take all the fabrics out of their temporary and hopeful staging areas and put them back into their proper color families to wait to be selected for new projects. All the purse and tote bag hardware that was sitting in the jump seat are now back in the drawer labeled hardware.
My hoops are organized and nested in the hoop stand waiting to be put to use. I’ve scrutinized all the saved scraps of stabilizer and tossed away any that were too small for a 4” x 4” hoop.
It feels great to have clean studio, a fresh to-do list and the energy to attack new projects! How about you? Do you go through the same feelings every year around this time? Or does this hit you at springtime? Or never?
Tell me how you get a renewed sense of energy in your sewing room and you could win my favorite organizing tool, the Embroidery Headquarters Hoop Stand. Leave a comment under this post to be entered to win.
Last giveaway post we asked what your favorite cookie was to bake for the holidays. We have two shopping sprees from DigiStitches to giveaway! And the winner are…SJ and Linda Kwolek!
SJ– “Having all 7 gluten allergies, there is no baking at my house, just embroidering and sewing. I do remember the fun making cut-out cookies with my Mom as a kid. If Rudolph’s leg happen to break off, we had to eat him without decorating. The cookies were so good that we didn’t even care if they were decorated.”
Linda Kwolek – “Sugar Cookies are a must. We start out making a batch for 5 dozen, 4 dozen make it into the oven, 3 dozen make it to the cooling rack, 2 dozen make it to the decorating table and 1 dozen make it to the cookie plate. Whaaa happened to the cookies, where did they go?”
Congratulations! DigiStitches will be contacting you next week (which is next year!) to get you your coupon codes.