I just recently "made the acquaintance" of a highly inspirational blog called "Down To Earth." I love seeing how women around the world are taking the little corner that God has given them and truly made it theirs!
Read her latest post here on "Finding Time for Needlework." I found this to be most helpful!
I think some ladies feel guilt when they take time to sew or knit. They get a lot of pleasure from the doing of it so they think it's just a pure pleasure for them. That's not quite right, ladies. Yes, it is a pleasure, but it also contributes to your home - it is either part of your home making or your home maintenance. No matter how much pleasure you gain from the needles, it is one of your chores as well...
If you do get pleasure from craft work, or if it is something else that does that, structure it into your day. We talked about balance recently - this is a balance item. It is one of those things that you can look forward to during the day, it is still fulfilling your requirement to contribute in a meaningful way to your family and home, but because of its gentle nature, it will provide you with some respite from the heavier jobs.
Remember, this simple life is about finding pleasure in the ordinary and everyday tasks we all face. Don't be afraid to sit down with your craftwork. It is a great skill you bring to your family and if you find pleasure in doing it, well, that's just the icing on the cake.
And a special "shout out" to my sister-in-law, who has actually done what all of us *say* we'd like to do... and that is, to work on our Christmas projects all year round. She has already finished -- or is currently working on -- quite a few projects for her family. She has incorporated crafting into her daily routines, and as a result, she is waaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead of the game. I hope to get started soon!