Whew! I finished the first of my three current projects. I was off on vacation this past Friday, so I worked nearly all that day and Saturday as well. For sitting in my living room and sewing while listening to television, it was surprisingly grueling work. By the end of both days, I was extremely tired and slightly sore. I don’t know if I could keep that up day after day, but it was tremendously rewarding work. It was fun, mentally engaging and you can see your own progress before your eyes as you are doing it. Hours passed without my realizing it while at the same time not flying by so that I felt like my day was over in a flash. To put it quite simply, it was great!
I kind of hit a wall on Sunday though due to lack of sleep, having only gotten six hours that night. I think, too, I was just a bit tired of sitting up in the same position, hunched over my sewing. I worked sporadically that day, fitting in watching television and a nap in between pulling my little TV tray in front of me to start sewing once more. I considered stopping all together sometime around 7 p.m., but I was so close to finishing the one part that I kept going.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with the results. It’s a simple design, nothing that complicated or detailed. I’m sure someone with more skill than I currently possess would have produced something much better, and I said this to Shawn while I was looking at it and feeling like it was a little flawed. He said, “You could always do it over again,” and then laughed at me as I emphatically shook my head no. This will be my curse, I fear. I spent so much time and effort to create what I had before me, that I couldn’t bear the idea of doing it all over again. I’m sure our friends, Jerzy Drozd and Mark Rudolph, would agree that this is something everyone who embarks on a creative endeavor must face. Hopefully, they wouldn’t shake a finger at me for copping out and deciding to settle for what I have. It’s a gift for someone, so I’m consoling myself with the idea that the person will most likely enjoy it for what it is as well as relishing the homemade feel with all its flaws.
In all honesty, I’m not really sure how much I could improve on it given the idea that I wanted to do. I’m sure with more skill I could finesse it to a point where it would look more professional. But, I did accomplish what I set out to do. The real question would be is there a better way to get the same result? For now, I will settle for what I have and say it is good enough.