Old Ladybugs

Well folks, we’ve made it to Wednesday! I just wanted to take a few moments of your busy day to give you a bit of respite. Life is hard! We get up early, go to bed late, and run run run, all in between there.

It seems there are never enough hours to accomplish all that I want to do.


There are always so many things on my to-do list. I want to make so many crafts, and clean and organize everything in my home, and be a good mommy and teach important things to my kids, and be a good wife…. The list goes on and on, but there is only so much of me. Again..I hear my  mom in my head reminding me I’m not SuperMom.

The art of Prioritizing is key!

I’ve recently starting making a to-do list, as in TOP Priority- non-negotiable list, like I usually do, but also adding a secondary to-do list. Somewhere between a wish list, and a “not necessarily today, but immediate future”. This is where I put my crafts, and other non-essential cleaning chores.

I’ve always been a list person. I am a visual person, as well as a tad forgetful. I don’t know how many times my husband and I discuss something I need to do, and then at the end of the day, I’ve forgotten all about it. Ugh! I hate that.

Being able to cross things off the list, and have a sense of accomplishment is such a great feeling, right? The flipside of that is how much I feel guilty and chide myself for putting things off.

Many crafters share the jokes about having “UFO’s” (un-finished objects) lying around.

I’m no different. I’ve been known to put off something because it wasn’t going the way I wanted. I get frustrated with myself, or no longer have the patience, and just put it away. I usually get back to it and finish it. There have been a few projects that got scrapped all together.

Well, I’m excited to announce that I have completed my oldest UFO, ever!!! Yesssss!! The sense of completion, accomplishment, finito, is awesome. I feel like I want to steamroll through a million projects! I have several lined up, so we will hope the momentum lasts.

It’s also awesome, because it’s something that I was supposed to make for my sister. So now, after nearly 20 years, I get to give it to her. It’s childish, but hey!, it was childish when she wanted me to make it for her when we were still teenagers! I know she will get a huge laugh out of it, and that makes my heart smile! My sister has always loved ladybugs. She even calls my daughter her “ladybug princess.”

She has always supported my craftiness. When I first started sewing she was right there, wanting me to make her a matching Halloween costume, like the one I was making. So, I did. When I taught myself how to crochet, just to make some replacement slippers for an old pair I loved, she was there to ask me to make her a pair…wait a sec! I never did make them! Well…I guess I have another project to go make! Hold please…I need to add this to my crafting list.

Okay, on to the Ladybug Bag!

Here’s what the pieces look like after being dug out of the bottom of my fabric drawers.

lady bug bag pieces
Ladybug Bag pattern pieces

Now , these pieces were not just put in this one drawer 18 yrs ago never to be seen again. No. They were in the fabric store bag that I bought them in for years. I’ve moved many times since then, and had several different containers that I stored fabric scraps in. I’ve pulled it out and considered working on it, only to put it back in. Preferring to work on whatever current project I had instead. At some point I had cut the pieces and started with Step A, and cut and sewed the feet, but back in the pile it went.

I’m not sure why the sudden desire to finally complete it hit me. Perhaps it is a desire to go back and do things that I regret not doing. Sweeping out the dust under the furniture, so to speak. Or, it could be that I want to see the reaction my sister has when she sees it! That’s the motivation that has prevented me from tossing it.

One afternoon later, I completed this project that was hidden away for eons. Just a few hours, that was it!

Ladybug bag
Ladybug bag for my Sister

I did it! And now, apparently, I have some slippers to make! At least she will use the slippers. The bag, not so much!

So, life is busy, and hectic. Make time by prioritizing your to-do’s, to include the things that bring you joy. It’s even better when it brings others joy too. Take some time for yourself. It doesn’t have to be private, or a long period of time. Just find it!

It’s worth it.

YOU, are worth it!