Saturday, January 22, 2011

Making the Most of the Verb "To make"

I've just been over at Jen's, reading her daunting list of New Year's resolutions. I could rattle off a list of my own recurring resolutions without even so much as a glance at a list. Assume a sing-song voice and repeat after me:

1. I will not start any new quilting projects this year because, if I swore off housework, reading, cooking, shopping, bathing, sleeping, socializing and gardening, and holed up in my sewing room, with catered meals slipped periodically under the door, it would still take me at least five years to finish everything in there that is half done.

2. I will not darken the door of any quilt shop this year, because I do not need any more fabric. Want is another matter entirely. One I will ignore this year.

3. I will organize my sewing room this year----- A little louder please--- with  feeling!

4. I will organize my sewing room this year............That's better!

Well, you get the picture. Every year the same tired old resolutions, halfheartedly made, even more halfheartedly implemented.

So I made one resolution this year: To make something every day. The general idea was to work on one of my UFOs every day. No huge or daunting commitment, but progress at something, every day, even just a few stitches. I was good for the first few days. I made a little tote bag for one friend, a little doll for another. Then I made a cake for someone's birthday......Hey, that counts as "making something"........in a pinch! So far I've  had to count "making" the bed, making supper, making a loaf of bread....Can I count "making" a wish? Or "making" a trip to the grocery store? Or "making" a comment on a blog? Or "making" sure I lock the house when I leave?  Or "making" a face at the cat....Or "making" excuses for why I haven't "made" anything today?

I have "made" inroads in organizing the sewing room! I bought a wonderful wall shelf at Ikea with lots of square compartments, that covers one entire wall. With a little more organization, it should be pleasant, once again, to sit in there and make things more tangible than wishes and excuses!. One resolution that covers a multitude.  I should be able to remember and carry out something so simple.......Any bets?



11 comments:

jkhenson said...

Making inroads in a craft room could count as several events of "made" for sure! :) My list is posted, daunting, and well... we'll see how much gets done by December! I would love to get a lot done... but.... what is it they say about good intentions? :)

dianne said...

i don't like your old resolutions ... except maybe the "organize my sewing room" one - er - two

but the NEW one is ... well ... BRILLIANT, for lack of a better word ... i especially like that it can be finagled, deviously manipulated, and shrewdly managed into meaning just about anything, including making faces at the poor little kitty

Molly said...

You can trip on them for sure Jen! But let us be optimistic. It's early times yet!

Brilliant,you say Dianne? I hadn't thought of it that way, but now that you mention it, it is, isn't it?
The "poor little kitty" likes to be "made" much of, and attention is attention...

aubirdwoman said...

oh Molly just go with the flow ... what will be will be. I too have a lack of concentration at the moment but then did I ever have one. lol
cheers

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'm agog !
A tote bag , a little doll , a loaf of bread , a trip to Ikea AND resulting shelves ( not just three photoframes , a meatball and a candle) .....
You're fairly whipping along !

Stomper Girl said...

It's great to have resolutions, even if they peter out, you still have the things you achieved in the first flourish!

Pauline said...

I long ago resolved never to make another New Year's resolution - so far it's the only one I've ever kept ;) It frees up guilt for all sorts of other things like taking a daily nap instead of a walk or avoiding the dusting until I must find names for the dust bunnies under the bed.

Relatively Retiring said...

Thinking time, relaxation, call it what you will, is certainly 'making' time. Give yourself a chance to recharge the batteries.

Isabelle said...

Making a blog post; that's creative. (Or so I tell myself.)

So sorry you've been worried.

Thimbleanna said...

You are so darn funny -- THIS is why I love your blog! You made me laugh out loud several times. All of those "makes" definitely count! I LOVE those IKEA shelves -- Have fun filling them!!!

Connie said...

I don't do resolution, I just do what i want to and when ever i want to. Thanks for your comment on my blog, family time is fun time, i have my Girls and grandchildren every Sunday , my Sunday, is church and a meal, time with the family but they live close by. I did clean my sewing room and got me some of those IKEA Shelves and now are fill with fabric and books. Have a GREAT week! Connie You can come to my dinner table!