The Devil in the Details

I don’t know about you but I find it is the small tasks that are the hardest to accomplish. For over a month I’ve had two pairs of curtains and a quilt backing I need to finish. Easy peasey, just a straight line on the sewing machine.

And then I decided why should I actually sew when I could buy some tape and iron the hem of the curtains.

Easier still.

Yet, weeks passed and the packages collected dust. Finally, bored and needing to fill time before I took my youngest to see the doctors (plural as in two) I did actually hem the curtains in my office.

And I cut the fabric for the quilt backing (king-sized 120″ x 120″) but didn’t actually get around to sewing it despite a 4 day weekend.

So how can I motivate myself to actually doing the projects that are stuffed into a closet and out of sight?

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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5 Responses to The Devil in the Details

  1. danrshaw says:

    It’s easy. Don’t make projects you don’t really want to do. If the curtains do not get washed all the time then I would simply get some of that sewing tape that irons the seem in. Then it’s not required to get out and set up the sewing machine and then having to put it away. Or buy curtains that don’t need hemming. I’m sure if you made a list of things to do that hemming then prioritized it those curtains would be somewhere near the bottom. If that is so then hemming them ain’t all that important to begin with.
    If you have a friend who likes to sew then maybe barter for them to be hemmed.
    If hemming them is something you really want done them when you have empty time envision them being hemmed and how much better it would look and how much better it would make you feel having accomplished something you’ve been putting off for months. It all comes down to mindset. (don’t know what that means but I read it somewhere once).

  2. Actually I like to sew and other things, it’s just the lack of energy and inclination after working all week/day. I would think TV is the habit I need to break but I don’t watch that much TV except on the weekends. Maybe I should put a TV in where I sew. Two birds with one stone?

    • danrshaw says:

      I’m calling PETA if your gonna start killing birds. No, I don’t have to waste my time calling them since the NSA has already logged that comment and informed PETA for me. LOLOLOL
      That’s a good idea about a TV in the room. I like to listen to music when I’m typing (it makes me type faster). A lot of crafters watch TV or listen to music when working on their crafts.

  3. Peg says:

    I can’t read and listen to music, I start hearing only the music and loose the reading. I do like to paint while listening to music and now that my MP3 player has lots of music on it (thanks Pooh Bear) I can last longer painting in my solitude.

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