Displacement crafting

Back before Christmas I set myself some deadlines. There were a number of things I needed to get done in the house including making some curtains and even more importantly a lot of shop sewing, smocks and bloomers galore. My deadline was not unrealistic, I had plenty of time to accomplish all these things and more.

Now enter displacement activity, also know as The Time Thief.

Over the last few weeks I have not done any of the things on my list, not one target met.

But I have done some other things so I have decided to concentrate on enjoying these unexpected achievements rather than beating myself up over the things I haven't done.

After all, January is not over yet, so there is still some time to work on that list of goals.

Still, I cannot help but wonder why the lessons I was taught almost thirty years ago regarding the importance of not leaving things to the last minute and the necessity of carefully staggering ones work in order to avoid being overwhelmed; why is it that those lessons still have not been learned? Because you see, essentially, I am still that girl who has to stay up to midnight finishing her essay, still that girl who is frantically conjugating verbs on the bus or scribbling equasions in her lunch breaks, it seems I am still that same girl who is attempting to assemble three months worth of university lectures into some semblance of something just three hours before it needs to be handed in, still that girl who is in the office until midnight preparing for the report that is needed for 9am the next morning. It seems some lessons are very hard to learn.

But I am not too downhearted because really, January still has more than a week to go and look! I made an art roll. Who doesn't need to make one of these? And curtains are so yesterday, don't you think?

There are heaps of really good tutorials on how to make these but I particularly liked the one at Mr Monkeysuit


martha said…
I think I've said before what a terrible procrastinator I am, and now you've given me another idea to displace the scarf I am trying to knit by the end of the month. I can do it, but that art roll is awfully tempting...
bethanyhissong said…
I completely am the same way! And there's a curtain to be completed here too... it's just that I think I don't like things being over... I like the anticipation of the finished product too much! I think I need a an art roll too... thanks for the link!
blackbird said…
Maybe we are all the same! Or the same in different ways. I'm also planning curtains and would covet an art roll.

I've been thinking of something similar to organize my circular knitting needles. I've gathered them from all of the corners of the house and put them through toilet paper rolls by length. As I brush by to close the curtains that I've managed to finish- they tinkle like wind chimes.
sarah said…
i thought you might have been writing about me!
great project there! more fun than curtains!
Pomona said…
I just need that extra surge of adrenalin which an imminent deadline produces - I am sure it means that you produce better work (or at least that is what I tell myself)!

Pomona x
Georgina said…
I don't know if it's my age, but I have gradually turned from just the person you describe as yourself into a list making, list fullfilling paragon. Whilst I have several projects on the go, they are all on the go and I clear before I start! I don't know what has happened to me!!!
cathleen said…
Oh, I don't know, Rebecca. Time escapes all of us, especially when one spends way too much time reading blogs. (such as myself), or day-dreaming about lovely sewing projects instead of actually doing them. (such as myself) But....I really, really think you've done a wonderful job of justifying why you didn't quite meet your self-imposed goals! You are very correct....there still is a fair number of days to play catch-up. Just savor those moments. Love the art roll.
kristina said…
I love your art roll! And the curtains will still get done... K x
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