Kicking My Feet Up


December is here and crafting for the holidays appears to be in full swing, which leads me to what I'm making for the holidays this year - absolutely nothing.

No quilts.  No clothes.  No food.  No cards.

Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  Zilch.

And it's all because, really, I just don't feel like it.

I despise making anything under a deadline and my belief is that if starting something now is going to make me into a stressed out, crazy woman down the line, then I say "forget it."  Everything I make I want made with as much love and joy and patience as possible and staying up until three in the morning the night before to get something done just does not bring out those qualities in me.  It's far more likely  that my projects would be filled with annoyance and loathing and that's really not what I want to give people for the holidays.

And so this year I'm kicking my feet up and buying things made by other people for the loved ones in my life.  And you know what?  I am completely at peace with my decision.


  1. Good for you! Your children will appreciate your time much more than your friends and family will any handmade objects. Have a wonderful holiday and make lots of great memories :)

  2. Good for you indeed and I hate to admit it, but I am very close to that decision also. The inspiration is just not hitting me this year and it is starting to feel more like a chore than anything.
    I wouldn't be surprised to see you make something anyway, now that you have come to the decision to not make anything, if you know what I mean? ;-)

  3. Sounds like a plan! I'm unusually on the ball this year, but I have been that person still up at 2am on Christmas morning finishing things. That was mainly because I got pressured into a repeating project for about 5 years running (that I was SO glad to see the back of) This year I could potentially be done by this weekend coming... (shh, don't tell anyone ;o) )

  4. This year I'm giving the gift of not-making to my husband and kids. Last year I made something for nearly everyone and my kind husband was grumpy and annoyed at the lack of restfulness, and my affectionate kiddos were deprived of their Mama. But not this year!

    Thanks so much for sharing your blessed insight. I would very much like to share your balanced and loving way of creating for those we love.

    Merry Christmas.

  5. That is so awesome! If it's not fun, you shouldn't do it! I hope you have a very relaxing holiday season, don't shop too hard :)

  6. word! i am starting to get right there with you...

  7. good for you. enjoy it, and thanks for the reminder!

  8. wow. you're so smart.
    I really wish I was as sane as you.
    And the photo is excellent too.
    Good for you MAMA!


  9. You are a wise woman.

  10. I was not as smart and am knitting my fingers to the bone for the next 2 weeks to finish cardigans for my sisters (and I'm not sure I'm liking the way they're looking, either, sadly). I did come to the realization that my kids wouldn't care if the crafty gifts I planned for them came to them in January or February, though, so that's made things easier. :-)


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