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Bunny Brain

Do you ever get into about 20 little projects at once? ¬†I know that you do! ¬†If you’re reading this you probably sew, and UFOs are a very real thing because everyone gets distracted!

I am sewing up a storm (again) for (another) craft fair in October in Murfreesboro, TN and my brain is doing something that I’ve deemed “bunny brain” where I start one thing, hop to something else, go back, hop again, hop hop, hopping all over. ¬†Maybe it’s ADD. ¬†My brain just likes when I am doing a lot, because it’s noisy up there, and to be noisy outside as well as inside makes things seem normal. ¬†Sadly it isn’t always very productive. ¬†So I decided, I’m probably not the only one and I thought I would share with you some tips that I use to cage the bunny, so to speak. ¬†(My god I hope that isn’t code for something)

Bunny Brain Tips

  • Planner

My planner is a real godsend. ¬†My planner isn’t¬†always¬†cuted up and adorable, (but then¬†sometimes it is!!!) I just need to take a little time each week and write everything down. ¬†Actually writing it down, not just typing things up on a Google calendar, which I also use, actually helps make things STICK in my head. ¬†It also helps me to generally have a plan. ¬†Not a 8:05 pour coffee 8:07 sit down and do whatever, but a “alright today I want to sew, clean and go to the grocery store”, then block out times to get things done.

  • Lists

This goes hand in hand with my planner, because this is typically where my lists go. ¬†Lists help me put tasks into steps. ¬†They also help me keep track of what I want to get done, how far along I’ve come, and when I finished things.

  • Goals

I found the best way to start (and finish!) a project is to first make goals. ¬†When I got my planner, I decided I was going to set monthly goals for myself. ¬†They’re really vague, like finish a project, declutter, but even these are little goals. ¬†With goals, one little goal leads to a larger goal and so on. ¬†So decluttering for me started as thinning out my clothes. ¬†I have a lot of clothes and I don’t wear a lot of them. ¬†I started thinning them out, then it led to thinning out my nail polish (Hi, my name is Ashley and I have a nail polish addiction) then thinning out the junk I had in my jewelry ¬†box. ¬†You see where I’m going?

  • Reflection

I (should more than I do) take time to look back at my lists and notes to myself in my planner and it helps me to see that I can finish projects and accomplish goals that I set for myself, and it helps me continue to finish projects.  The sense of accomplishment that I get from looking back really helps me to strive for more.

  • MAKE Time

Something I think everyone can agree on is that sometimes “there just aren’t enough hours in the day” trust me- I’m trying to instil a gym routine, I know. ¬†Sometimes, if you really want to get something done, you have to make time. ¬†You have to wake up a little earlier, schedule out some time, and DON’T PUT IT OFF. ¬†I’m entirely guilty of that, but the less you do it, the easier the habit is to break.

Anyhow, those are my tips on keeping your brain in check. ūüôā ¬†In sewing news, I finished up the nautical baby quilt that I’ve been working on!

I quilted with some “organic waves” that I did using my walking foot, and I machine bound it, didn’t like it, took it all off and hand bound it. ¬†I have never done hand binding before, and it was actually very fun! ¬†(it fulfilled my monthly goal of “try something new”) I can’t sit and cross stitch or needle point while watching tv, but I CAN hand bind! ¬†And, well, I have a tv obsession. ¬†(If you are one of those who has “gone off of cable” you’re a better person than I will ever be!) ¬†I’m also working on my Michael Miller Fabric challenge, but it’s still sitting on the design wall, waiting for its turn. ¬†I hope you’re all having a great Fall so far!!!

Until next time, happy sewing!