Posts Tagged ‘MIWW’

Make It With Wool

November 22, 2009

I am so grateful that yesterday Amelia, Clara, Margaret, Eleanor and I all felt well enough to attend the state Make It With Wool contest. I was still a little leery of coming down with the stomach bug myself, so I was especially glad that Amelia and Clara felt well enough to accompany us, just in case I started feeling unwell. (Thankfully, I felt fine all day!)

Like Strictly Strings and 4-H, Make It With Wool is an activity that I love because of its ability to unify our family while allowing individuals to express themselves. Since 1998, members of our family have been sewing with wool to enter this contest. The kids have made everything from simple skirts and vests to elaborate historically accurate garments. It’s always a learning, as well as a bonding, experience. And, we have enjoyed getting to know other contestants over the years.

In 2010, there will be only a state contest (no preliminary district contests) and it is in our part of the state. Amelia and Clara mentioned that they might enter again next year. Hmm…I think that I’ll encourage Jacob and Tim and even Charlotte to start thinking about entries. Who knows, maybe I’ll sew something. It’s Family Fun!

P.S. Margaret placed fourth in the pre-teen category and won a lovely pair of shears.

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Flylady Routines and Knowing My Limitations

October 26, 2009

One benefit of having my Flylady routines is being able to clearly see when I won’t have the time to take on an “extra” commitment. This fall, I noticed that for me to make time to sew with Margaret and Eleanor on their Make It With Wool entries, it would require a lot of juggling. I mean, I could have worked time into my Flylady routine, but, at first glance, it was pretty obvious that it would take some serious effort.

Because I had noticed early-on that fitting some extra sewing time into our fall routine would be a challenge, I was able to ask Amelia if she could help out. Since I was able to give her ample warning, she was also able to check her Flylady routine and work schedule to see if she could help out. And, her generous answer was, “Yes!”

So, each week, Amelia, Eleanor and Margaret deliberately set times to sew. They got their garments completed without any last minute panicking. No one stayed up late the night before the contest hemming. We had plenty of opportunities to pull together their accessories with any stress.

Flylady’s routines helped me see where I could us some assistance before it became an “emergency.” Flylady’s routines helped Amelia see where she could provide that assistance. And Margaret and Eleanor had reinforcement of the concept that working a little bit at a time on a project results in a stress-free, pleasant experience.

No matter what the contest, everyone wins with Flylady routines!