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Hello December

My December started with a lot of blessings. First, Tina Katwal came to my city and she visited me! I was so excited when she told me a few weeks ago. Finally, I get to meet the leader in our Desi Quilters (the biggest Quilt Guild in India). We've known each other for almost a decade on Facebook. She's an accomplished quilter and entrepreneur. Her studio, the Square Inch in Chennai is literally our go-to shop for anything related to quilting or sewing! Online and Offline. It was really an honor to meet her and hopefully, I can visit her in the near future. 

Desi Quilteds

We talked about quilts and more quilts and a lot of plans for the Desi Quilters activities. I really admire her passion to take Indian Quilter society to the next level, from managing the group to organizing the India Quilt Festival. The first Quilt Festival in India and also showcasing Indian Quilts in several cities in India. Kudos to her! Do check out her Facebook Page or visit her Website to see more. 

Thank you Tina for the beautiful gifts!

The second thing is I woke up to an email from Etsy that I'm a star seller for the month of December. Wow, I really did not expect this! There are a lot of opinions when Etsy first launch the star seller badge and honestly, I still have a mixed feeling about it. Especially as a handmade seller who creates the product from scratch by myself. It's really a nice surprise and a good feeling as the badge is a validation and recognition of your hard work and services. Thank you for all your supports! I would not be able to achieve it without your love and supports! 

Etsy Star Seller

Sewing wise, in the last couple of days, I finished quite a few wallets, for orders and stock. This family passport wallet in world map print is pretty popular and from these two wallets, only one is available now in the shop now. I still have a little bit of map print fabrics, but I think I'm going to make a new family passport wallet for myself. We need a new one anyway! 

Map print family travel wallet

Don't you love these cute zipper ends?

I love this linen floral print wallet so much and I am using one myself. It's also available in Blue with the same beige combination. Nowadays I made more zipper closure wallets and I love it too. Especially I love using a single tape zipper.  You can check the tutorial HERE (for the family passport wallet) or HERE for the mall wallet.

Linen Wallet

Handmade fabric wallet
Lavender Wallet

Bifold Wallet

Snoopy Wallet
Snoopy Wallet

Snoopy wallet
Zip Around Wallet

I am still following the time blocking plan and frankly, it makes me more focused and relaxed, especially with a lot of things are going on right now. I still have a basket full of WIPS but I am working on it slowly, as time permits. With the combination of time blocking and batching, I am sure we can be more productive. 

The lake near my sons' school

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Sewing,





Learn to Time Blocking


Time Blocking Tips

I learned about time blocking recently as I always struggle to manage my "working time". Running a small business from home means everything is mixed up. Sometimes I barely have time to do my work, or most of the time, I left my work half done. 

What is time blocking?

Time blocking is a time management method that asks you to divide your day into blocks of time. Each block is dedicated to accomplishing a specific task, or group of tasks, and only those specific tasks. Instead of keeping an open-ended to-do list of things you’ll get to as you’re able, you’ll start each day with a concrete schedule that lays out what you’ll work on and when. (Todoist.com)

For someone who cannot stick to a plan like me, this time blocking method helps me to focus on a single task. 

How to start time blocking?

1. First, find out the time when usually your mind is free to do your craft. As for me, I prefer to sew in the evening when everybody relaxes. This is when my mind is also free from other chores that I need to do. 

2. Set this time to do Admin Work like editing the listing, taking photos, packing, and sending orders. Oh yes, running an online business is a LOT of work! And set time to do  "batching work". I like to do admin work before noon. Find the time when you usually have a little free time after lunch to do craft-related work, like cutting fabrics, fusing the interfacing, etc.  I also set a siesta time for an hour! 

Packing Fabrics

Mobile Sling Bag
Mobile Sling Bag

3. Set a theme day. This is where you work on specific tasks. As a creative person, mood plays an important role. There are days when I don't feel like sewing. By setting a theme day, you can break down the boredom from doing the same thing every day. I set twice a week to work on my fabric shop. like making new bundles. Cutting and folding fabrics always bring my sewing mojo back! Or I set time to clean my sewing room once a week! You know, putting the fabric away, sorting out scraps, etc. 

Indian fabric scrap bundle
Indian fabric bundle

4. Limit social media time. I mean the time when you mindlessly look at memes and funny reels. Well, I do love doing that too! So, I'm trying to do a "social media diet" now.  I block 2 times for social media but insert a little time here and there. Like when I wait for the food to get cooked, I use the time to catch up with my social media posting, like creating reel videos or stories.  I'm so grateful for these easy-to-use apps like Canva and InShot, creating a beautiful post is so much easier with them. The 2 blocked times for social media, I use to schedule posting in Pinterest and Twitter, either using Buffer or Tailwindapp.

5. Don't be too rigid and most importantly, enjoy what you're doing. Go out meet friends or have a good day at Spa. Well, we also need to pamper ourselves, right? Like last Monday, I went out with my SIL to the mall. The girls at MakersHub were having a craft exhibition in City Centre Mall.  I think the last time I went to the mall was around the end of December 2019! So it's been almost 2 years. It was good to be able to go out and about, feels like a pre-covid era but with a face mask. Nowadays most malls, shops, and offices still make masks mandatory. 

Speaking about face masks, I made a few snug-fit facemask orders. You can download the template for free HERE and watch the tutorial on YOUTUBE.

Fitted Face Mask

What Apps to use for time blocking? 

I'm using Google Calendar app on my phone. You can use other apps whichever you're comfortable with. Why google calendar? Because I found it simple to use and I can get reminders on my phone or desktop without installing other apps and also you can personalize it by adding color to a specific task, like in this videoI am still using my daily journal to write down a list of works I have to get done in a day for my reference. 

journal cover
my Journal 

With time blocking,  I can multi-task but in a more organized way. Even if I only have  15-30 minutes of the time I blocked for a certain task, at least I am making a little progress because I only focus on one particular task. It is better than no progress at all. I started this method recently and I surprised myself with how much work I can get done without stressing over it. 

 I have projects which are ready to sew which sitting on my cutting table for some time now. Since I started time blocking, I am able to finish two wallets, a couple of patchwork placemats, and also make progress with my Kawandi QAL. 

double zipper pouch
Double Zip Wristlet

fabric wallet

Bifold Wallet for women
Floral Wallet


Scrappy Placemats

As a mompreneur, it is not easy to divide the time. Family and home always come first, but with this time blocking method I hope I can work better and smarter. How about you? How do you manage your time between your small business and family?

Thank you for stopping by today,

Happy Sewing,



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