Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sewing & Focusing & Posing (A Pinterest Poser Challenge)

I've sort of self-diagnosed myself with adult ADD or ADHD. I took a quiz in a magazine years ago and scored off the charts, a definite "You win! You probably have adult ADD."  I haven't been to a doctor, but lately I'm considering it.

As the kids get older and busier and my ability to control schedules and set routines sort of goes away, I feel pretty damn scattered.  I mean back in the day, when my kids colored a little bit, played a game, had lunch and then napped...sure it was a little overwhelming, but I was in the driver's seat (aside from the occasional toddler tantrum and what not) and I was able to stay a bit focused.  But now? Um, forget about it.

I grab minutes to connect with my kids in between practice and homework.  What's for dinner? Who needs a ride?  Practice is cancelled oh man, now what? The homework, the friend drama, the big questions, the holy shit life is busy of it all.   Couple parenting tweens with their busy lives with my slight immature addiction to social media and television and well, there is no focus.  

Up until now, I've been able to sort of reign in my high energy into creative projects and staying up all night to blog and vlog and be totally fine.  Running always calmed my spinning brain, unable to focus feeling.  But my old hips and bad arches are fucking with that coping strategy now.  As I do my leg lifts next to 90-year-old stroke patients in physical therapy, my mind races and I feel like I'm going a little nuts.  

So, I am diving into a new project...I AM GOING TO LEARN TO SEW!!!! The all caps isn't meant to be yelled, it's meant to be read in an Oprah voice or a Kermit throw your hands up in the air and throw your head back kind of voice.

A couple months ago, I got an old sewing machine from my mother.  A couple weeks ago, I finally sat down and started to try to sew.  So far it's not helping me lose weight like running did, but it is giving me a goal and something to focus on other than getting sucked into and frustrated by all the distractions of life.

I haven't made anything yet, but I did learn how to thread the machine and sort of figured out the whole bobbin situation.  And I stitched some fabric.  "I'm a sewer!!!!!," I screamed and sort of danced into the living room.

For this week's Pinterest Poser Challenge* I guess I'm a little bit of a poser, a wannabe.  But soon, I will be posting pictures of bad ass skirts and pillow covers.  Unless I get distracted and sewing goes the way of learning to speak French or learning to play the ukulele.  Dammit, I can't talk like that.  That is negative self talk that is typical of an adult ADD person (or at least that's what the magazine quiz summary said).  I'm going to keep the faith, keep the focus (or at least try to) and learn to sew.

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week I detail a project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

Head on over and follow me on Pinterest (click here), I've even created a "I'm Going To Learn To Sew" board.  

Check out some of the Pinterest projects I've actually done/made/attempted.  Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest? Come on, don't be a poser.  Tell me about them in the comments or on my Facebook page. Or please share ANY sewing advice.

Painted Locers- click here
Melted Beads- DIY Suncatcher- click here
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelette--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here

Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here

Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here

Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here


  1. You can totally sew. Figuring out the bobbin is the hardest part. Once you figure out how to feed the material through the machine and get a stitch, you can read books or blog posts or watch videos about how to do all of the rest. If I can do it, anyone can do it. And coming form another ADD mom, it is very relaxing to my brain. There is something about focusing on those tiny stitches and patterns and then having a completed project that makes you feel settled in your head. (But yes, I also have a lot of unfinished sewing projects too).

  2. I have a sewing machine that I take out once in a while and I feel like Martha Effing Stewart when I thread that thing. Of course I have to read the instructions every. single. time, but still...

    Can't wait to see your creations!

  3. If genetics determined sewing skills I should have a major advantage- my paternal grandmother was a amazing seamstress and designer. My mother took tips from her MIL and can make anything. I am a bit of a hack- I hate following patterns. I find them intimidating and overwhelming. I prefer to make my own. I don't know if it makes sense but it seems to work for me to just eye ball it, look at other pieces and use trial and error. The other big tip is that you can always pull stitches. If you make a mistake you can always go back and try again. I am getting ready to make Halloween costumes but I'm holding off a little for fear my four year old will change his mind after I've made the whole damn costume. Right now he's torn between being Elsa from Frozen or Luigi for Mario Brothers. Will see. Good Luck!

  4. I can't wait to see your creations!