Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Productivity problems? Just cut!

I sometimes have productivity lulls, when I have sooo many great ideas and no clue where to start.  I had this problem recently, so I got out all my fabric and tees and sweaters to make over, and just... started cutting!
I cut things up based on the general idea I had for them.  It's generally not a good idea to start a bunch of stuff and not finish it, but I was getting to the point where I was afraid I'd forget what my brilliant plan had been by the time I got to a project!  So I got everything together and cut out like, five projects!  Now it's that much easier to do them... I don't have to do the back-and-forth between cutting table and sewing machine, anyway!
Here's my mending/crafting pile on the floor in the sewing room closet, a few days ago...
And here's the pile of things to cut on the cutting table...
You will see pics of the end result once I get some more sewing done, I promise!
Do any of you have tips for productivity?  I would loooove to hear them.  I have been so busy recently, but I still have all these ideas of things to do!


  1. Lists! And a sketch book so you can get the ideas you have onto paper--this is my favorite thing to do when I have lots of ideas at once:)

  2. It is hard to be productive. I have a lot of piles for different projects. I have my mending in one basket and I'd like to add more baskets for the other piles. My biggest tip is also to cut....sometimes just getting the cutting done the night before and having everything ready to sew the next day when I'm fresh breaks the work down into smaller chunks! I finally made a rice bag from your tutorial. It's going to be a gift for a friend.

  3. I totally am the same way! Too many good ideas flooding the brain! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  4. What a great idea! I always just write down my ideas but then they get lost.

  5. Such a good idea. I get overwhelmed too. My head starts spinning and I think of some many things I want to do that I don't do any of them.

  6. I love to see how you make something out of nothing..We all need to start to do this instead of buying new are great!!




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