• Interviews downtown.
• Go to post office.
• Write column this week.
I make lists. I have a list for everything — groceries, chores, things I want to make, things that need to be fixed, where to go, what to buy. I have three separate task lists in my Google calendar (work tasks, story ideas, personal writing), and seven — yes, seven! — lists of things to do/buy/remember in my iPhone’s reminders. The Google calendar itself is color-coded into four sections — work, bills, dinner, home. I usually have a running list of things to do on a notepad somewhere, and a note or two inked on the back of my hand (most often: get milk).
I know. I either sound like the epitome of the working mother/wife or completely crazy. It’s really a little bit of both, but mostly crazy.
As list crazy as I am, I still manage to lose things, several important things as of late. Within a week, I’d lost an important work paper, a book I really needed to find and an entire addressed package that was waiting to be mailed.
Losing this package was a big disappointment. I recently participated in my first sewing swap. All the participants were making sewing accessories such as pin cushions, organizers, scissor holders with an emphasis on pizzazz — colors, buttons, rickrack and trim, anything to punch it up. I decided to make a sewing-inspired clock and a pincushion for my swap partner. I boxed it up nice and securely and put it in my van for safekeeping until I had a child-free chance to take it to the post office — if you’ve ever been in line at the post office with a toddler or two you completely understand that sentiment. But the package disappeared before I could ever make it to the post office, and just days before the deadline for mailing out the items.
Luckily, I had everything I needed to make another clock and pincushion. I still missed the deadline, but the new package made it to my swap partner safe and sound, and she says she loves it.
The paper and the book I lost eventually turned up, the former in a pile of papers on the dining room table and the latter on my kids’ bookshelf, buried beneath “Llama Llama Red Pajama” and “ABCs Star Wars.”
Maybe it’s time to add something else to the list.
Clean house Embroidery hoop clock
Set of clock parts: hands, mechanism that turns the hands, battery. Clock kits can be purchased at craft stores, but I usually just buy an old clock from a thrift store.
Embroidery hoop (make sure the embroidery hoop is large enough to accommodate the hands of the clock and buttons)
Cardboard scrap (non-corrugated)
Sharp pair of scissors or awl
Hot glue gun
Lay the embroidery hoop over the fabric and cut the fabric so that it will fit inside the hoop with some edge leftover. The fabric will need to be free of any loose threads or nap that could catch the hands of the clock. Place the smaller of the hoops on top of a piece of cardboard and trace the inner circle. Cut the cardboard circle slightly smaller than the line drawn.
Secure the fabric inside the embroidery hoop, making sure there are no ripples or loose spots. Put hot glue on one side of the cardboard and quickly secure it to the wrong side of the fabric inside the hoop. Glue fabric to inside edges of hoop and trim closely, so no extra fabric is seen from the front.
Use the ruler to mark the center of the hoop and then use an awl or sharp pair of scissors to make a hole in that spot large enough to fit the clock mechanism through (mine was about a 3/8 inch in diameter).
Insert the clock mechanism through the hole and attach hands to the right side. Set the hands at noon and use the glue gun to put a button in that place.
Using your finger to turn the minute hand, continue to place buttons in the hour spots around the hoop.
If needed, you can secure the clock mechanism to the cardboard on the back of the hoop with the glue gun. Then just set the clock, insert the battery and enjoy.