Things are moving so fast around me that I find myself falling behind on Stitch the Sketch. Last week, I was busy finishing up and shipping a commission piece. Then this week, I tried to catch up on Stitch the Sketch because if you’ll notice I’m one week behind. We’re in the 36th week of the year but I’ve created only 35 pieces so far.
The fact that I’ve been falling behind is not being helped by my sewing machine giving me headaches. As I told you, it’s been acting up for a while now. Initially, the diagnosis was a nicked throat plate. I couldn’t find sand paper that will fit into my single needle throat plate in order to smooth it out. So I purchased a replacement throat plate for $100. You’d think that will save me from falling behind. No!! It didn’t.
Sewing Machine Owners Deserve Good Service
I could send my sewing machine in to a nearby sewing center. But I hesitate to do that. The last time my sewing machine went in, it came back with a problem it didn’t have before I sent it to the repair shop. Honestly, I really didn’t appreciate the service I got from that shop. So I talked to my friend Cate, who recommended a repair shop about 40 minutes drive away. When I spoke with Pete, the technician at this repair shop, I felt like I’d found someone I could work with. So I’m going to send my sewing machine in.
Falling Behind Compounded by Other Stuff
Oh wait. Not so fast!! I’ve got my solo show coming up next week and of course, I don’t want to be without my sewing machine. Who knows if I’ll need to sew something at the very last minute. Though I’ve got all the pieces that’ll be in the show completed, …who knows what will come up before the show opens. For now, all I’ve got left to do is to tie a few odds and ends. Like, I need to make sure each piece has a wire and label, complete the price list, get info ready for the catalog, e.t.c.
Maybe, it’s just as well that although I’m falling behind, my sewing machine is not working. Because I’ve still got those little loose ends to tie up. And since I think there’s not much left to be done, I may have left these things a little too close to opening day.
The Best Laid Plans Fall Behind Sometimes
So I guess I’ll have to let Stitch the Sketch remain in its state of “falling behind” for a lot longer than I would like. And wasn’t it just but a few days ago, I boldly declared victory over fear and the start of working in a new series? That too will have to wait. What can I say but that, in both life and creativity, the best-laid plans sometimes go awry.
Question: What do you think? Is planning unimportant because things don’t always work out? I can’t wait to hear your perspective.