I think that I am going to devote each Tuesday of the week to a post called, “Car Craft Tuesdays.” I’ll post what it is I’m working on that day in the car. What?
Here’s the thing…I will craft anytime, anywhere I can. Usually, as I have said before, it realistically happens after the kids are asleep. Calvin is not the best or most consistent napper, so I am learning not to rely on that time of day. Some days I get lucky and I can set up the boys with a crafty or sensory project to do in the studio while I am just a few feet away working on my own project. Calvin is old enough now to scribble with markers on paper or chalk on the chalkdoor…that buys me about 5-10 minutes of crafting. It happens in spurts, and I take what I can get. Yesterday they played together with a batch of homemade playdough for about 15 minutes…it felt like an eternity. I was able to cut out a pair of pants I’m making for Calvin and line up a few other things that need finishing.
On Tuesday and Thursday, Levi has school from 10:30 – 1:30 and it’s a given that Calvin will fall asleep for about an hour at some point during that time. Because it’s too far (and too wasteful on gas) to drive back and forth between school and home, I end up staying around town until he’s out of school. I find a nice quiet street, park the car, turn on some soft music and get to work on something. I never leave the house without my “craft bag”…it’s my version of a diaper bag. I carry my crochet hooks, yarn, sewing kit and whatever project I happen to be working on at the time. I listen to Calvin softly snoring in the back seat and let my mind wander, uninterrupted by household or mothering duties. It’s amazing what I can accomplish in such a short amount of time during the daylight. Often at night, I’m so tired from the day that I have to really push myself to work on things in the studio.
I love these “car crafting” periods and I so look forward to those quiet moments. I know they won’t last, as nothing really does with small kids…it’s all just a phase. One day soon, he won’t nap at all and then what will I do???? I’ll adjust and find a new rhythm, but for now…it’s crafting in the car.
How do you find time to do what you love to do?
PS…in case you are wondering, Michael wrote “HUBCAPDIAMONDSTARHALO” on the door one night after listening to a T-Rex song. Do you know the one?
A post soon to follow about the pants I have been making for the boys. SO cute!!