Super busy? I get it! Running from the morning schedule, everyone out of the house with lunch boxes, work, housework, menu planning, shopping, cleaning, cooking, playing with the children, organising play dates – need I go on? I am with you!!
Time management might not be the first thing that comes to mind when craving creative time but it is ALL about time.
A recent time management course at work started with the trainer advising no-one would do anything different as a result of the course. A depressing thought! I took away some points. Check your emails once a day and deal with them. Do not get lost down the rabbit hole of social media. Can you set your phone so notifications only come from favourite contacts? I have only just done this, of course it doesn’t give me the discipline to stop checking my phone but new habits take time right?!
More time management tips:
Do you start the day early with children? Maximise this time. Or does your partner like watching sport, can you be creative one evening a week whilst they spend time on their interests? Be organized, find your supplies and store them together for your project. Spending time on creativity is good for our mental health, it is part of self care – remember if you are well it benefits everyone in your household:)
Wondering where to start? Try out one of these quick projects:
What are your top tips for creating time for creativity? I would love to know,
Have I ever shared how I love to read? I am a massive fan of my local library service, visiting almost weekly to pick up fiction books. I am almost addicted to reading at bedtime. Escaping into fiction helps me switch off and wind down for a good nights sleep.
I still have a small amount of shibori inspired dyed denim – remember the pencil cases I made?. It dawned on me that I could adapt this rather nifty technique for making bag handles to create a neat book mark.
Today I am going to share my various shibori inspired denim bookmarks.
Elastic bookmark tutorial
Tip – of you have think denim you may wish to omit the interfacing
Iron the interfacing to the back of the denim
Fold the fabric in half lengthways right sides together. Press.
Fold the long length in half again wrong sides together. Press. Repeat for the other side.
Place elastic in the middle of the denim sandwich. Hold with a pin. Refold fabric.
Sew short ends.
Trim the seam allowance, this reduces bulk. Turn the fabric so the inside is now on the outside.
Poke the corners out. Press and finish with a top stitch all round the denim.
Use the same technique to create a bookmark with ribbon.
Or how about a different take on elastic? Lengthen the denim, create an elastic loop and add a button.
Personally this is my favourite – I am tempted to start a bullet journal, if I do this is the style bookmark I will use. Naturally you can use any fabric scraps you have.
We have lived in our home six and a half years We designed the living room to be timeless, so fairly traditionally decorated with neutral colours, old leather sofas, tall book cases packed with books, a wood burner plus a traditional rug.
We decided to update the feel of the room. I was keen to bring in a touch of originality, recycling, something that represented our personality’s.
After much discussion the furniture was rearranged, books sorted and parted with (most went to the Greenhouse Trust a local environmental charity). Our conversations revolved around a cube effect storage solution running below the long window. This gives us the ability to continue to close the curtains.
Then I remembered some wooden shweppes crates given to me by my Grandad (he packed me a tool box when I left home).
These add a variety of shape and design as well as the sentimental value. Once agreed on layout we then cleaned and sorted the boxes. Some were cleaned and waxed.
Others were lightly brushed with thinned down chalk paint to highlight the texture in the wood.
The crates are sturdier than envisaged, so there is no need to bolt them together. This gives us flexibility for rearranging as and when the desire take us.
We love the finished result.
The room feels spacious (it is a large room), modern and reflects our personality.
It’s great to change the look of the room for £50 worth of apple crates (thanks to ebay),