Do you play often? Do you play “well?”
I don’t really do either.
I have to make myself play.
In my head, I hear those voices that remind me
there are jobs to finish, things to do … tasks to complete.
Somehow … for some reason ….
washing the dishes is of more value than crafting a card,
vacuuming carries more weight than painting on canvas,
and working for an hourly wage is more valid
than crafting for a by-the-piece income.
So, I have to MAKE myself stop and play.
I have to MAKE myself exercise or paint or create.
I made time for that this weekend.
For several years, I have had an idea for a way to embellish a pillow.
The pillow was a cast off from Glory before she moved away.
She left two behind. I took the covers off and washed them … and I stalled.
Yesterday afternoon, I pulled out my scraps
and quickly ironed and cut strips
then wove them together and pinned them in place.
I used my machine to run back and forth to hold each strip in place.
And now I’m in the process of pinning the finished woven mat onto the pillow.
I should be able to finish this project today or tomorrow.
And I’m just thrilled.
This will be one more unfinished project I can check off my List-of-things-I-have-wanted-to-create. It will be one more item I can pull off the to-craft pile. But, so much more than that, it will be one small investment in time spent well to make me happy. This project was an investment in my well-being. This is important … just as important as washing dishes, vacuuming or working for income.
I’ll post a follow-up, finished-product photo on Instagram later and add the link below.
Making time to play, craft and create makes me terribly happy.
What about you? What makes you happy this marvelous Monday morning?