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Old 04-13-2008, 04:45 PM   #41  
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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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As has been said, it is impossible to do it all. I am trying to remember "Not to sweat the small stuff". I try not to obsess over a pile of laundry, or dust on the furniture (which I have to admit, sometimes it is VERY hard!). Also once a month I set aside at least 12 hours to scrap/stamp with my friends. We check our calendar and schedule a day and time before we leave. That does help!
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I believe that everyone needs an outlet to stay sane. It doesn't sound like fun cleaning and cooking all day every day. You need time for you or you let life pass you by and then suddenly it is over. I stamp every morning and then the day starts off better for me. That is when I will do all my chores and stuff. My son sits beside me and stamps with me on scraps so that is how I can stamp when my kids are awake. Either way they need to know that I don't have to chase them around all day cleaning up after them. I want a bit of a life too!
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Thanks for all the responses - everyone does such beautiful work and I so enjoy looking at all the blogs and the gallery. Maybe I should quit looking and just enjoy stamping.
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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 had a few thoughts about your questions, and wanted to point out some things. First, I hope that you are not intimidated by all the things that some stampers "appear" to accomplish. Those that have children, work full-time, have blogs, family, children, managing homes, cooking, cleaning, etc., are most likely prioritizing. In my experience, when one prioritizes, the something left for last usually suffers as a result. I dare say that not all areas of these lives are being managed perfectly.

As for me, I'm married, my son is getting ready to graduate from high school and go off to college, so I will be an empty-nester soon, and I don't work outside the home anymore and I have a little more freedom to spend my time wisely. My house is not white-glove spotless, although, I do try to keep my home straightened and clean (within reason) ; )

As a stamper, stamping and cardmaking is a creative outlet for me, and gives me time to grow as a person in self-expression and it is also very relaxing. So, I try to prioritize each week and allow myself at least 2 or 3 afternoons a week to "play". If other responsibilities come up, they have to come first, however. It's all a matter of how much you "need" to stamp to feel that you're really enjoying the hobby. For me, quality time stamping is more important than quantity time stamping.

So, I hope that you don't compare your situation with others regarding finding time to stamp. I suggest you do what works for you, and what brings you pleasure as far as how much time you spend stamping.
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We're supposed to clean?! I never have been a REAL cook......if it can't be made in 30 minutes, it usually doesn't happen around my house. I'm rarely totaly picked up and I get the dust bunnies and cobwebs that are terribly visible to guests. I usually go to the craft room in the morning because it I wait until the housework is done, I never make it there. Get your machines working for you and then bail on the rest of the stuff. I iron while watching TV or movies with DH so I get several things done at once. He doesn't like it when I abandon him to craft so I try to avoid that. I could really go for that cleaning woman!
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My son sits beside me and stamps with me on scraps so that is how I can stamp when my kids are awake. Either way they need to know that I don't have to chase them around all day cleaning up after them. I want a bit of a life too!
I was thinking, certainly when I minded a friend's young (going on 4, when I had her full-time) daughter, I managed to get a certain amount done while she too was crafting. It did mean I could only have out limited supplies because anything I used, she wanted to use too, LOL, but encouraging children to be creative is great. And it was her older brother, not her, who dropped a red ink pad on the carpet face down. The Crop-a-Dile was called "that dangerous looking tool", she loved it but could barely get her hands around it, even though she was a bit older by the time I got the CAD.
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Hmmmmmm - I hadn't even done any scrapbooking or serious cardmaking until about April last year. By that time, my DD was just over 1 year old. Since then however ............... well, I even have a dedicated craft room!!!

Anyway, I have a DD, a DH, 2 dogs and a cat. We have a large house that always seems to need something cleaned, whether it be dishes, floors, tables. But generally speaking, the house is tidy most of the time. Either myself or my DH cook most nights (we simply can't afford take away on a regular basis any more). DH works shift work as a Mental Retardation Nurse and I work from home in Admin Support for Investigators. Both full time positions but very "flexible" - basically I do my work when DH is home to look after DD or when she's asleep at night if DH happens to be doing a night shift. I usually make one card a day and I usually prep at least one scrapbooking layout a week (don't always get to scrap them, but I have a scrapbooking day on the first Saturday of every month at a friends house - and yes, DH looks after DD while I go to those!!!!). My DH is great about letting me spend an hour or so each day in my craft room - sometimes it's not even that long. He has his own "me" time as well so we support each other in that way.

Once every 4-6 weeks I host a card making night on a Friday at my place. Everyone knows my DD and although her room is right next to our stamp area, she goes right to sleep when it's time. And about once every 4-6 weeks my DH gets to go and play some music with his friends. And the Scrapbooking Retreat I went on in February for 2 days was great as my DH got to go to a music festival for 2 days in March.

I do spend heaps of time on here, but then my work means that I sit in front of my PC for a good portion of the day anyway, so that's pretty easy. The one area I do fall down in is that I don't spend nearly as much time gallery gazing or leaving comments like I should - and for that, I really am sorry, because so many people take the time to comment on my cards etc. I also put up a challenge card every Monday for the Demo area.

In between all that, I do manage to watch the occasional TV show (The Biggest Loser and Friends are my daily "must watch" shows - House is my "must watch" weekly show - everything else is just if I get a chance!!!!) I also enjoy spending some time just chatting to my DH and we do that whenever we get the chance. Sometimes he'll come and chat to me when I'm in my craft room making a card and other times, I'll be chatting to him while he's playing a PS2 game.

I also squeeze in about 5-6 hours sleep a night - sometimes. Sometimes I only get an hour or so. Thems the breaks!!!!!

I guess, what I'm really saying is that you do what you have to do when you have to do it, you do what you want to do when you can, and you do what you love to do when those you love, and who love you, support you!!!!!!

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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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My day starts about 5:45am. I come downstairs and read off my e-mail, visit SCS and Stampin' Up!'s home page, then it's out to the barn for chores. I come in and clean up for work, read my Bible and eat some breakfast, then it's off to work until 3:30pm. I come home and start dinner, do chores if DS has a night class at college that day, and back in to finish dinner. After dinner it's some laundry, light cleaning, reading the e-mails & SCS again, then I have some time to sit and craft. I'm not a TV person, so I think that frees up a bunch of time for me that others spend that way. And I'm in bed with a book by 9:00pm, lights out by 10:30 and the cycle starts again. On the weekends I get really busy This weekend I sheared sheep, last weekend I mended fence... when you have a farm, the work is never done.
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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!

You really should get that suit mass-produced. I think there would be a big market for it, LOL!
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Nope there aren't enough hours in the day.

With three children--ages 2, 5 and 11...we are constantly on the go. My husband works A LOT or is away alot so we are mostly on our own and our house is on the market---

And I find myself needing to create MORE because of it!

I am usually up at 5:45 a.m. and do not go to bed earlier than midnight (most nights) and sometimes later. And.....I still need more time!

I usually try to get all of my creating done at night when everyone is asleep, but occasionally I have done some during the day (but am usually stopping a lot to get someone a stack or help them with their "projects" too)

No one can do it ALL but they can appear to. Sometimes bloggers (cough cough) create a few things in one day and then post them throughout the week so it appears they create every day.

The important thing is to have fun---it isnt fun if this hobby becomes another stressor!
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I was just writing about this exact thing on my blog the other day. So many people see all the things I do on my blog, in my gallery, and all the extra projecrts I do for church and friends. What they don't see is the mound of laundry, and a few other chores that could be done. What I have learned is that I am totally not perfect and I NEED to make time for myself. Even the leaders in my church (I'm LDS) recommend doing something for YOU! This is my thing. I feel I am a better mom, wife, friend, etc. when I get to have a little fun with my hobby.
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Oh my goodness! I would never do that!!
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I can't imagine doing it all either. We have no kids, pets, or plants. DH does the cooking, grocery shopping, errand-running, and cleaning. Once in a while I help out with the laundry and the cleaning. Ever since we bought the Swiffer Wetjet and Swiffer vacuum, our house is MUCH cleaner though, 'cause it became fun for me to clean. My only obligation time-wise is an 8-hour job and 8 hours of sleep, so I've lots of time to stamp or browse on SCS. *grin*
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I have 2 kids 3 and 5, a police officer husband who works nights, a house and a dog. Oh and I have 7 herniated disks from a work injury so I go to get acupuncture 3 times a week and PT.

eww...makes me want a vacation!

No really, I put my kids to bed early, like 7:30pm and stamp while watching TV. I try to clean during the day...Tues and Thurs I do my big stuff when both kids are in school.
But, my house is still cluttered! Clean, but cluttered!

Somedays I don't have time for everything but as long as my kids are not feeling neglected, I think it's all good!
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I had a few thoughts about your questions, and wanted to point out some things. First, I hope that you are not intimidated by all the things that some stampers "appear" to accomplish. Those that have children, work full-time, have blogs, family, children, managing homes, cooking, cleaning, etc., are most likely prioritizing. In my experience, when one prioritizes, the something left for last usually suffers as a result. I dare say that not all areas of these lives are being managed perfectly.

As for me, I'm married, my son is getting ready to graduate from high school and go off to college, so I will be an empty-nester soon, and I don't work outside the home anymore and I have a little more freedom to spend my time wisely. My house is not white-glove spotless, although, I do try to keep my home straightened and clean (within reason) ; )

As a stamper, stamping and cardmaking is a creative outlet for me, and gives me time to grow as a person in self-expression and it is also very relaxing. So, I try to prioritize each week and allow myself at least 2 or 3 afternoons a week to "play". If other responsibilities come up, they have to come first, however. It's all a matter of how much you "need" to stamp to feel that you're really enjoying the hobby. For me, quality time stamping is more important than quantity time stamping.

So, I hope that you don't compare your situation with others regarding finding time to stamp. I suggest you do what works for you, and what brings you pleasure as far as how much time you spend stamping.
I was wondering if and when anybody was going to mention this . . .

Every individual's life circumstances and priorities are different; appearances via the internet are not always what they may seem.
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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.

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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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Me, too! Love that swiffer wetjet. We've got acres of wood floors (well, felt like that when I had to clean them before). The Wetjet cut a 2 hour job down to 45 minutes, and that's including all the sweeping and vacuuming corners before mopping! That was HUGE!
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Me, too! Love that swiffer wetjet. We've got acres of wood floors (well, felt like that when I had to clean them before). The Wetjet cut a 2 hour job down to 45 minutes, and that's including all the sweeping and vacuuming corners before mopping! That was HUGE!
I bought the Wetjet because I heard such great things about it. I have laminate floors, and the wetjet left streaks and was generally a pain to use because the pad would get too dirty too soon. I had to go through 2-3 pad every time I cleaned the floor! What the was I doing wrong?
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I bought the Wetjet because I heard such great things about it. I have laminate floors, and the wetjet left streaks and was generally a pain to use because the pad would get too dirty too soon. I had to go through 2-3 pad every time I cleaned the floor! What the was I doing wrong?
It'll streak if you don't spray enough solution on the floor. Also, the pads hold a LOT, but my area is so big I always use two pads to do it all. I'd recommend using the wood floor solution, too. I keep both that and the regular solution on hand (for the bathroom vinyl). It's certainly more expensive than mopping, but way faster! Leaves more time for stampin'!
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It'll streak if you don't spray enough solution on the floor. Also, the pads hold a LOT, but my area is so big I always use two pads to do it all. I'd recommend using the wood floor solution, too. I keep both that and the regular solution on hand (for the bathroom vinyl). It's certainly more expensive than mopping, but way faster! Leaves more time for stampin'!
I bought the swiffer vaccuum and love it. Now I don't have to use a separate dustbuster to get the bigger dustbunnies. It's cut down on the streaks I used to get but still get in the bathroom. Coupons, coupons, coupons. I'll stock up when all the accessories are on sale at Target.
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