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Sometimes I don’t want to get out of bed!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-06-14 05:37:13

Today I have another rather personal ‘behind the scenes’ blog post to share with you and I am going to reveal something I am NOT so proud of…

I am generally


* If you missed the other ‘behind the scenes’ posts
you can read them here and here.

So, without being too harsh, let me just say, I’m NOT a sporty kind of person… (Although I was very good at high jump when I was at junior school BUT that’s only because I am exceptionally tall!)

I LOVE a good lie-in and I often work in bed in the mornings on my laptop until lunch time! BUT I’m NOT talking about the days when it’s simply laziness, or wanting to stay snuggled up in bed when it’s cold, that I am talking about here.

There have been times in my life when I felt tired and swamped, like I was on a giant treadmill and I had no desire to do anything – even things I LOVE like sewing!

Kitty’s no help – he just sleeps his life away! 🙂


Can you relate to this?

Endless hours in a boring job, never-ending washing and housework, even deciding what to wear or what to cook feels like a task!? I think they call it “sweating the small stuff?” The small stuff, or should I say UNIMPORTANT stuff, seems to take over and drain my energy and I have ‘nothing’ left over for excitement or joy. Seriously, that is not a way to live!

Looking back I realise…

This usually happens when I have forgotten to take time out for fun stuff!

And I’ve also noticed from experience that when I do make time for myself, the MORE time I seem to have! How is this possible when time itself can’t change… or can it? LOL 😀

It’s kind of MAGIC!

Doing more fun stuff makes me more energised and I get more done in less time so I have even MORE time for fun stuff!


When I am having more fun in my life, I feel more motivated and I get MORE done in LESS time because I’m on a buzz! It seems so much easier to get the “boring stuff” done. I seem to have heaps more energy – even the laundry doesn’t seem to take as long because my I’m thinking of what I’m going to sew next while I peg up the washing!


As simple as it sounds, I realise the only way I will have more joy and fun in my life, is IF I MAKE TIME for it!


If you are already feeling pressured with too much on your plate and you’re wishing you had more hours in your day –  it’s hard to believe that the solution is to do more!

BUT it’s not just doing more of just anything – it’s doing more of the things that “make your heart SING!”


Focusing on something FUN will help you fit more into your days!


As I’ve got older the time seems to whizz by faster and faster BUT when I am sewing, I forget about all the boring day-to-day chores when I focus on the pleasure I get from ‘playing with fabric’, cutting, pinning and sewing, and the hours seem to stretch like elastic (little sewing joke thrown in there!!!).


Over the years of building the Funky Friends Factory I’ve realised how important it is, for my well-being, to focus on something fun. Even if it’s for a few minutes a day, it just puts the sparkle back into my life… and that’s one of the things that I want people to get out of the Sew many Funky Friends Club.


No matter what your day’s been like you can escape for a bit and do something that’s totally fun and relaxing and forget about the daily grind!




Now, if you are ready to extend the hours in your day and dive into a whole lot of SEWING FUN…



*That’s Sunday 10pm in London and Monday 7am in Brisbane!


I’m going to be hosting four weeks of FREE online sewing fun, focused around a SOFT TOY SEW-ALONG, and I’ll be giving away my super cute Gertie Gecko Heat Pack pattern so you can ALL come and Sew Many Funky Friends with me!


We’re going to be sewing soft toys together, step-by-step, and you’ll be able to watch it all LIVE on the internet (that means you can sew in your pajamas if you want to!) How cool is that!

How will all that work? And how do YOU get to participate?


Simple! Keep an eye in your inbox on Sunday ’cause I’ll email you the link to join us!

So, dear sewing friend, sign up for the newsletter to make sure you are on the email list to receive the magical link! 😀 AND then grab your pins and scissors… ’cause we’re going to have some FUN! 😀


This online event is to celebrate the reopening of the Funky Friends Sewing Club which is opening again soon, for a short period of time, for the next intake of new Club Members. You don’t want to miss the activities coming up!!! 😉


Meanwhile, as we wait for the reopening, I want to hear from you!  Have you had a similar experience?

Have you had times where you’ve lost your energy and motivation? What have you done to bring back the sparkle?

Pauline McArthur
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Talk again soon
bye for now,



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  1. I can not wait. This will be so much fun.

    Comment by Laura Filbeck on June 14, 2018 at 6:08 am

  2. Thanks Laura!!! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on June 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm

  3. Thank you for this inspiring and energizing post!I’ts so true what you write, we have to do more of what makes us happy! And for me it’s sewing! Best wishes from Siv in Norway.

    Comment by Siv on June 14, 2018 at 6:51 am

  4. Thanks Siv, lovely to hear you are watching from Norway and having more fun!!!! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on June 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm

  5. Hi,

    I really know how you feel. I’ve had serious health problems for many years and sometimes it gets me down to the point where I want to hide under the bed until it passes. I’m a chatterbox but during my low periods I stop talking and my posts disappear. My friends know me well enough to let me be until I feel better. My ‘fun stuff’ at these times is to go out by myself for a coffee in one of my favourite little places. Sometimes I go to the cinema on my own, to a morning showing. We have a lovely quiet garden with a view over fields and countryside, on the outskirts of the greenest city in the country.

    I soon get back to sewing. I’ve just made an Ellie from some new cushion covers I found in a bargain box 😎

    Comment by Glynis D on June 14, 2018 at 8:18 am

  6. Hi Pauline,
    Looking forward to watching your presentation. I may not be able to sew with you, I’ve been in and out of medical facilities over the past year. Have gotten permission to bring my small sewing machine in my room but it might not make it here before then. Love the look of all the critters and am looking forward to start making them. Need a change from machine embroidery for a while. Thanks for entering my life through AQS

    Comment by Diane M Dunlap on June 14, 2018 at 9:49 am

  7. Hey Diane, Thank you, it’ll be fun just knowing there are ‘others’ out there watching the goings on!!! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on June 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm

  8. Hey Glynis, Thank you for sharing! It’s weird we have to remind ourselves to do more FUN STUFF but I think we’re so programmed to do all the other tedious stuff first. I go for a coffee on my own too…. there’s a garden centre which has some tame (not-as-scary-as-they-sound) water dragons that run around among the coffee tables that I love! I’m sorry you’ve got health issues that get you down, you seem to have friends who understand and that really good. Your garden sounds like a wonderful spot to lift the spirits and relax! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on June 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

  9. Hello from Little Rock, Arkansas! ☺ Have only recently discovered your amazing patterns (and have already bought 5! Lol). Thanks for the reminder to make time for fun. As a mom of 3 boys that’s hard to do sometimes. Looking forward to Sunday!

    Comment by Sharon R on June 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

  10. Thanks Sharon!!! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on June 25, 2018 at 4:58 pm

  11. Is it too late?

    Comment by Karen Rogers on July 4, 2018 at 9:40 am

  12. Hi Karen, if you sign up for my newsletter you’ll get notification of the sewalong!!! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on July 4, 2018 at 9:43 am