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Old 04-12-2008, 03:43 PM   #1  
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I read lots of comments, view blogs and watch the gallery, but my question remains...how do you all get everything done? I mean most of the blogs I read, you have family, kids, a job outside the home, probably cook and clean, etc. How can you get it all done and still make these wonderful creations? Please, I need help on how you juggle everything. Thanks
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I'm married, I have a full time job and I'm taking college classes, but I have no kids, lol! If I had kids, I don't think I'd get anything done! There are definately some amazing women here! But I think it all boils down to this being more than a "hobby" for some people. If it's something you love to do, you just have to make time for it! Do something for YOU, kwim?
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Well, I'll take a stab at this one. My house isn't the cleanest, and sometimes I stay up wayyyy too late, and I don't usually make home-cooked meals, but I think it would be that way with or without crafting. lol I just stamp when I have time. If I really need some "me" time, then I make time.

My DH is really great about letting me hide away and play if I need to, which is awesome. Also, my boys have a table in my craft room, and they come in and stamp with me sometimes. They love it when I stamp images and they color them. The youngest one (5) loves to play with my punches. Hey, whatever keeps him happy!

Oh, and I work full time outside the home, so I definitely need something just for me! This is my outlet. KWIM?
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I read lots of comments, view blogs and watch the gallery, but my question remains...how do you all get everything done? I mean most of the blogs I read, you have family, kids, a job outside the home, probably cook and clean, etc. How can you get it all done and still make these wonderful creations? Please, I need help on how you juggle everything. Thanks
I quit my day job!

Seriously, I was lucky enough to be able to quit my regular teaching job and now I work from home teaching on-line creative arts classes. While it is much more fun that most jobs, it does take up the same amount of time as a full time job! I also work on three design teams and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

How do I do it all?

I don't sleep...

Okay...not really...

I don't have children, so I know that is a big part of it. I am also a stickler for planning and budgeting my time. I make sure my calendar is near me all the time and I try to make sure I don't waste time during the day. I don't watch any TV...I only read while in bed...before turning in...and I have to say...I do spend most of my time working or crafting...or doing computer work including my blog.

I think the key is to set aside time specifically for (cardmaking, blogging, surfing, designing...) or whatever you are doing. And stick to it... I know it is all about priorities...and yes, I do go without to spend time crafting...but it is the choice I make.

I know lots of people who craft at night...after everyone else is alseep too.
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i have always had a 'crafty side' so most of that is just focused on stamping now. i don't have to 'divide' my creative time so to speak. i got rid of almost all my other crafting supplies- except sewing stuff. i have always enjoyed sewing and prolly always will.

my kids are older now and not so high maintenance anymore.

and i have never been on to have a 'spotless' house.


my family knows i am much happier if i can be creative so they are pretty good at giving me my time. i just go with the flow and don't stress about everything.
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you make time for what you luv-my dh, my boxer Jesse, the Lord, and stampin! I work full time/lots of overtime, go to college classes, cook, clean, and find time to play with friends! I have a dh that supports my stampin fully! thats my life and I love it! *~*
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I gave up cleaning

Oops, that's just in my dream world. Seriously, though, it does get a bit crazy with having two small kids, but I make it a point to get them set up on some sort of activity and then I sneak away for a few minutes for stamping time. It's my mommy sanity saver!! My house is definitely not immaculate, and I try really hard to plan it out that when I cook we'll get at least two meals out of it. I also trade "mommy time" with a friend, so we watch each other's kids on alternating weeks for 2-3 hours so we have time to ourselves. Ah, pure bliss!
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Well, I get up at 3:30 AM, read email and blogs with coffee untill about 5 AM. Then I clean house, do the laundry, take care of the animals and do the chores.


Then I get to go outdoors and take care of 10 acreas and the fun things out there!

I don't have kids any longer unless you count the hubby, 2 dogs, 2 cats and what ever else shows up in the barn! LOL

You make time, a little here-a little there. Maybe you start a card now and finish it later or even tomorrow, but you just make the time!
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I too have just starting and am very new, I work full time, 2nd shift, I get home at 1am, read blogs and this site till 2 am and go straight to bed. up at 8 am, I pray and read my bible for 2 hours. Because I am single my house is always clean I get creative a few hours before I go to work. This site and the other blogs can be addicting, but I set a time limit so I can do other things. But even tho I am new at card making, I just love it
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I think the key is to make it work for you. Stamping (or whatever your addiction, I mean hobby!) should be fun and relaxing, not stressing you out.
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Man, I feel bad! I work part-time, do not have kids, have a hubby who rotates every 28 days and I still don't have enough time to stamp. I guess I could but I am on here way to much. Since I found SCS, I watch way less TV (of course it is on right now, Jeff Gordon is driving!) I will say that my house is "clean". I hate clutter and keep everything picked up and in its place. But I too struggle with making time. My new motto is "stop wasting time" but it is NOT working!
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I go through phases when I have more time to stamp and then times when life just gets in the way. One thing that I do is either move my stuff to the living room and stamp on our countertop while dh watches tv or stamp in my space while the kids are in there playing, watching TV, or playing Xbox. When I really feel the need to stamp and it's too hectic around the house, I end up staying up way tooooooooo late to do it.

My house isn't the neatest in the world, my dh does 99% of the cooking, I work full-time, have 3 kids, and 3 dogs. . .but I need this little bit of release or I'll go crazy.
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I used to have a job where I worked 70+ hours a week. I quit that job and now do volunteer work.. I dont' spend my days cleaning.. I usually will spend a weekend day doing so ~ but do keep up with laundry and vacuuming through the week. I cook dinner nearly every night.. unless my kiddos or hubby wanna go out to eat. I don't always get to stamp when I would really want to.. but do try to make time to stamp. It's very relaxing and rewarding at the same time.

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I really enjoy blogging! So it's sort of my leisure time!
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I have a sign on my wall -- 'Dull women have spotless homes.' Well, I certainly wouldn't want anyone to think I was dull; thus, not a spotless home. Granted, I'm a widow and my children are all grown, but I think it's important to do things for yourself. And I don't think that's being selfish. I work full-time, but a great deal of my free time is spent on my hobby.
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These are some great comments. I agree there are a lot of amazing ladies out there.
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Well, I get up at 3:30 AM, read email and blogs with coffee untill about 5 AM. Then I clean house, do the laundry, take care of the animals and do the chores.


Then I get to go outdoors and take care of 10 acreas and the fun things out there!

I don't have kids any longer unless you count the hubby, 2 dogs, 2 cats and what ever else shows up in the barn! LOL

You make time, a little here-a little there. Maybe you start a card now and finish it later or even tomorrow, but you just make the time!

Boy, do I feel lazy
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Well, I get up at 3:30 AM, read email and blogs with coffee untill about 5 AM. Then I clean house, do the laundry, take care of the animals and do the chores.


Then I get to go outdoors and take care of 10 acreas and the fun things out there!

I don't have kids any longer unless you count the hubby, 2 dogs, 2 cats and what ever else shows up in the barn! LOL

You make time, a little here-a little there. Maybe you start a card now and finish it later or even tomorrow, but you just make the time!
Good grief, I'm tired just reading this! I admire you, and wish I had your energy. OK, I'm going to bed (1:16 AM here).
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I read lots of comments, view blogs and watch the gallery, but my question remains...how do you all get everything done? I mean most of the blogs I read, you have family, kids, a job outside the home, probably cook and clean, etc. How can you get it all done and still make these wonderful creations? Please, I need help on how you juggle everything. Thanks
I personally don't do it all; and I'm OK with it. There are only 24 hours in a day, and I actually require 8 of 'em just for sleepin'. Serious!
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I read lots of comments, view blogs and watch the gallery, but my question remains...how do you all get everything done? I mean most of the blogs I read, you have family, kids, a job outside the home, probably cook and clean, etc. How can you get it all done and still make these wonderful creations? Please, I need help on how you juggle everything. Thanks
I have been wondering this very thing for several months now. I was doin' OK until baby #4 arrived in Nov and now I can't muster up enouph energy to come up with anything orginal. I have had to go back to mostly copying other peeps wonderful work. When I only have 5-10 minutes at my workbench, I need to make best use of it and copying is fast and easy.......sigh.

Newborn induced coma has set in and stolen ALL my mojo. hhmmm.....that reminds me.....where did I leave my coffee...........
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Here's what I've noticed lately among my many family, friends, and acquaintences. Too many women try to "do it all perfectly." I used to be that way and found when I became a SAHM that what happened is I cooked and cleaned all the time and took care of everyone's needs but my own.

This was no fun at all and made me very crabby.

When I started crafting not long after DS #1 was born, all that changed. My house stays technically "clean" (well, most of the time, LOL!), but it's not perfect, nor is my car, my craft room, my basement, or my garage. My family is fed, clothed, safe, and very loved. When DS #2 was diagnosed with atypical autism two years ago, I realized I wouldn't be going back to work when he started kindergarten (I'd wanted to go back to teaching a couple of college classes as an adjunct instructor). But there still has to be something for me, or I'd go crazy. So I have a table for the boys in my craft room, and make time whenever possible to be there. I invite girlfriends over to scrap or make cards with me frequently, and go to stamp camps at my demo's house whenever I can.

It's all about "prioritize and compromise." What's most important? Make time for those things. Find time for the rest. It's amazing how well you survive not worrying about dust bunnies or whether your front porch is swept. You can also find shortcuts for lots of tasks like cooking and laundry. When DH retired from wearing AF flight suits every day to work and I had to start ironing, I made him buy the shirts you don't have to iron (well, you have to iron a little, but it takes a few seconds of touch up rather than whole minutes of pressing!). I never spend more than 30 minutes fixing dinner, and DH the wanna-be French chef cooks huge meals on the weekends with lots of leftovers.

Sorry this is so long, but I really have been thinking about it a lot lately. A friend is in serious therapy and on meds coping with the guilt and anxiety she feels over doing something for herself instead of living for her DH and two teenage children. It's so sad.
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Easy for me. I only work 3 days a week, I have no kids (except a 4-legged one), and I kicked DH out of the house (really he's in a training program through work that has him living in DC for the next 18 months). Oh, and my house could definitely be cleaner.
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I work 3 days a week, I have 3 sons ages 14, 8 and 3. I take care of my 4 year old nephew on my "days off" (I would keep my 1 year old niece too, by my mother keeps her). And the kids always have somewhere to be, so I do not do it all, and I gave up the fantasy that I had to! I enjoy stamping and scrapping so I just do it, the dishes can wait a little longer! My house is never spotless, never has been and never will be. When I have a lunch date with friends we head to our favorite LSS with kids in tow and bribe them with a trip to McDonalds play place if they behave and do not touch anything! Hey at least we get to see each other! We mostly talk on the phone or email. When I am at work, I check in at home, I am so lucky to have my mother take care of the kids. I am a librarian at a 4 year college and I love my job, that helps a lot! My kids have never had me home full time and I think it is better for me that I work. I accept that I need time for me and I make it. One of the big things I did was take a corner of the living room for my craft stuff this way I can be in the room when the little ones are playing. My 3 year old loves to make cards and his grandmothers love to receive them. I usually go to a crop every so often to catch up on scrapbooking, but somedays I just take over the dining room table and get moving!
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Hi Iam Jamie and I am a crafting a holic and no I don't wan thelp for it i love it and will squeeze it in even if the laundry is hitting the roof , suppers boiling over and a kid on each leg and the animals stalking me cause they have yet to be fed , and I know its a serious problem because next month the walls for our new log home will be here and Iam stressed I get more behind in my scrapbooking and might not have enough time to come onto scs and do all the wonderful card challenges Iam lovin!! but you do what you can when you can and thats all you do and just enjoy it while it lasts!!
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I have always wondered the same thing! I have 5 DS ages 10-4 and a DH I just can't balance it all either. I am happiest when I create too, I am wondering how to make it all fit in a day and I need my sleep too! I love SCS there are some amazing women here that are true angels!! Thanks for listening.
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I personally don't do it all; and I'm OK with it. There are only 24 hours in a day, and I actually require 8 of 'em just for sleepin'. Serious!
I agree with this! Even with my required 8 hours of sleep, I just can't do it all. I have two small kids at home and rarely get any free time. I use what I call my "Five minutes here and there Technique". I visit my craft table with my ongoing projects any chance I get. Takes me a lot longer to get things done, but at least I get them done.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:48 AM   #30  
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None of us "do it all"....isome of us are just more productive than others because of life circumstances!!

My "recipe":

1. Dirty house...well, not DIRTY, but not neat either...
2. Grown up kids, no grandkids yet
3. Teaching job--I don't do much crafting during the school year, but my summers are MINE and I really do a lot then.
4. Supportive DH who cleans bathrooms and vacuums the floors (really)
5. Cheating at meals....I do Dinner by Design every month (meal prep "store"/kitchen--you prep meals at their kitchen location, they do all the work and you come home with frozen meals ready to throw in the oven)
6. My own studio that I can leave messy, with lots of projects-in-progress that I don't have to put away in between creative moments
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:06 AM   #31  
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i work full tilme
have a 13 year old
and have a hubby fully house broke

we have a system and it works well.
he cooks does dishes and does the kitchen cleaning floors appliances etc does laundry and vaccuums and does the take pictures and sconces off the wall and clean them in the spring and fall along with the curtains. he keeps the finished part of the basement cleaned and vaccuumed. oh he waters the plants or they would be dead, does all the outside stuff, mowing snowblowing raking painting all that junk.

he is retired by the way

i fold laundry and put away grocery shop pay bills do the other necessity shopping, the cleaning and organizing of cupboards and closets and dusting and i keep the laundry and the pantry clean in the basement and i do the picking up at the end of the day (mail and stuff that ends up on dinning room table and end tables etc) i also do the decorating be it holiday or moving furniture what ever.

kidder is incharge of front entryway and its closet and she does the upstairs bathroom supposidly her room clean to but thank goodness for doors.

we are a busy family but creatures of habit so if we all do the same thing all the time we are fairly organized.

when we are having company its kinda funny they ask me ok mom whats next because they only do there part usually and dont venture to the dark side hehehehehe. so i am the drill sargeant at times to.
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:35 AM   #32  
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I had a small velcro suit made for my two year old and we put up velcro on the living room walls. I just stick him up there and turn on the tv while I craft. We have dustbunnies so big, we named them. Bathing is a thing of the past. I don't sleep and all we eat are microwaveable frozen thingies from the grocery store.

Ok, not really. I was wondering the same thing. There is just not enough time in the day to get it all done!
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I know I've found it harder since starting a part-time job last year...but we also moved house at the same time and I was exhausted for ages. My DH is great, encourages anything creative and says a messy house doesn't bother him, you can't create without creating a mess. Don't get me wrong - it's clean, just not immaculate . At the moment one of the settees is covered in a knitting project. But for those with families as well, it must be a lot harder. It's priorities, I guess - if it's something that it's in you to do, you'll find time somewhere.
Actually, the plus since we moved is that now I have my own space in an attic conversion and I don't have to tidy off the dining table any time someone is expected, and I don't have to share it with DH's home recording studio.
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I had a small velcro suit made for my two year old and we put up velcro on the living room walls. I just stick him up there and turn on the tv while I craft. We have dustbunnies so big, we named them. Bathing is a thing of the past. I don't sleep and all we eat are microwaveable frozen thingies from the grocery store.

Ok, not really. I was wondering the same thing. There is just not enough time in the day to get it all done!
Do they make velcro suits for husbands and cats??? How I would have loved to have one of those for each of my children when they were small....heaven! LOL
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You ladies are all so busy with your young families. No wonder you want to know where to find time. The person who said it is important for something for you is correct. I have done some sort of craft my entire life and if I want to do it, the time is there. My situation in life is different now with the children grown, but I find I prefer to craft (stamp or knit and crochet) then just sit and do nothing. That is most likely what motivates me. Keeping my hands busy.

And whoever said we had to have emaculate homes. (And I'm not talking filthy here). We need to relax and enjoy things more. Some people enjoy the emaculateness and others just want to be comfortable - go with it.

(Actually, I have a friend who's home looks like a model home everytime I have visited. A lot of it is her husband. But the other day I picked her son up at the bus for her and asked if she wanted to give me a key to her house or take him to mine. She choose mine because her house would not be clean enough for me to come in. Pleassssssse. Oh and she does not stamp. lol)
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:12 AM   #36  
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I work full time as a primary school teacher (equivalent to elementary) and have to attend after school courses regularly at the minute. I also have a college course through school that I have assignments to do for on top of my usual marking/planning/assessments that I need to do for school. I reward myself , for example, if I get all my marking done while my DBF is cooking dinner (I'm banned from the kitchen because I burn everything including water!!) then I can have some time to surf the internet/blogs/SCS or make cards etc. That way I get more motivated to get the boring work out of the way and have my own fun time.

Also Friday nights are computer nights and Saturdays are cardmaking days. Sunday mornings tend to be school work but the quicker I get it done the more time I have for cardmaking/computer time or whatever else I want to do. These days are set in stone and I never do school work on Fridays or Saturdays!

Incidentally I don't have kids, don't do much housework, laundry is done in the machine over night and hung up in the morning, ironing is done by someone else that I pay each week, car gets cleaned once a month (if I remember) by the local car wash, so actually I have quite a bit of free time.

I work hard for my free time so I make sure that I get it!!
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I work full time and spend another 10 hours on the road driving. I have two boys (ages 10 and 7). My husband is the stay-at-home parent right now. So he's in charge of the housekeeping and such. I do still help with homework in the evenings.

Mainly I try to stamp on the weekends. I try to stockpile what I make so I can share on my blog through the week. Some weeks I post something new every day...some weeks it's only once for the week. Depends on how much i got done over the weekend.

I'm also on two design teams so if I'm creating with that stuff I can't always share it right away. Usually I have to wait until the new designs have been revealed before I can post. So some weekends I create but still can't share on my blog right away. (For example, this weekend I've made two cards and a SB page but the only thing that is "postable" is one of the cards.)

During the week I get up an hour early so I have time to cruise SCS and post to my blog. It's my ME time during the weekday.

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I often do projects in little bits and pieces over a couple of days. I'm an early bird and get up between 4:30 and 5:30 to have a cup of cocoa, read a devotional, and start work. I work from home and have very flexible hours.

With the kids, things have gotten easier for me in the past three months. Now that my ds is 2 1/2, he's much more constructive than destructive when entertaining himself. Both my kids (dd is 5 1/2) are very busy, creative, and imaginative. They play together extremely well and often are involved in elaborate pretend play. I try to keep things accessible to them, so they don't need my assistance for every activity. We have a family craft room, and each of us work on our own projects at the same time. If the kids are playing in the backyard, I'll take some stamping outside to do on the patio.

Our house is not spotless, but it's comfortable. I often make casseroles or meals in the slow cooker. I don't watch much TV, but I do like to read. I'm careful about the time I spend online that isn't for work. Mostly, I try to do a little bit of stamping or scrapbooking everyday, usually between 30 minutes to an hour. It's amazing what you can get done in a short amount of time.

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well, I have not read all the replies but one thing i have started doing is i keep stamped images and colored pencils in a tote next to the sofa. (and i have floor lamp ott lights there too) so, at night when my family has to be gathered around the boob tube, I color images...
then i move the colored images to a little clear plastic bin thing ( think kitchen drawer organizer type thing) and then when i have some time to go into my play room i just pick through that bin to assemble cards. ( that makes it go much faster to have them already colored)

there's no such thing as having it all. no matter what it is you decide you want. you will give up something else to get it.
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I don't get it all done! It's just impossible. But I juggle and delegate.

4 active kids, DH and a job that I work relentlessly to compress into 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. I make cards during my lunch a few times a week.

I also try to make it to a class or workshop from time to time and to squeeze in time in my craft room without someone saying "Mom?!"
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