Friday, September 23, 2011

Sewing and The Happiness Project

I’m reading The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin at the moment. With two beautiful daughters, a husband she loves and an apartment in New York’s Upper East Side, the author wonders one day why she is not feeling happier. She decides to dedicate an entire year to becoming a happier person.

Every month, she focuses on a different aspect of her life: eliminating clutter, improving her marriage, and so on. During the fifth month, she resolves to add more fun to her life. She explains there are three kinds of fun:
  1.             Relaxing fun. The easiest to do, it requires no effort from you, but also does not challenge you very much. Watching television is a prime example of this one.
  2.       Accommodating fun. This one requires a bit more effort. You engage in it to maintain social relations rather than because it is truly pleasurable to you. Bringing your children to Disney World might fall in this category, or organising a dinner party.
  3.       Challenging fun. This one requires the most effort. It often involves “frustration, anxiety, and hard work”. In the end, however, it is by far the more rewarding kind of fun.

Now, what does all this have to do with sewing? Well, Readers, I think we all agree that sewing falls into the third category. Sewing has certainly caused me frustration, anxiety, hard work. On occasions, it’s even made me cry! But it’s undeniable that sewing has given me a satisfaction and reward unmatched by anything else in my life. I’m so glad I started sewing seriously a year and two months ago. I can’t imagine what my life would be if I hadn’t.

I’m writing from Montreal airport, waiting for my flight to Toronto. I can’t believe it’s already time to leave for Spain on Sunday. As I mentioned in my last post, I will be looking for a sewing machine. Anyone in Granada looking to sell or rent their sewing machine?


  1. Is your sewing career only 14 months old? But you make the most amazing things! What a lovely post. I'm a big fan of Accommdating Fun - well, you probably know that from the Fabric Fandango. Something you have to put a bit of effort into, but that draws people together. Actually, I'm a fan of all three types.

  2. Thanks Karen! Actually, I learned the basics as a child, but I maybe undertook an average of one project a year from ages 8 to 25 (now did I actually finish these projects? ehem). It was really 14 months ago - when I started this blog - that I began sewing in a serious way. :-)

  3. Oh and about accommodating fun, yes, it also give happiness in the long run to bring people together. You did a really good job of organizing the Fabric Fandango, Karen. A big highlight of my year!

  4. Lovely post Adrienne, hope you find a sewing machine in Spain soon ;o)

    You're the winner of my 1950s pattern for my recent giveaway by the way! I know you're on the move at the moment, but when you get a chance please leave a comment here or email me at sklipikish[at]hotmail[dot]com. That way you can tell me your postal address and I can get the pattern & fabric in the post to you asap!

    Congratulations ;o)


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