So does your DH support your crafty hobby or does he give you a hard time about it?
And do you feel guilty if you scrapbook instead of spending time with the family or the husband?
I haven't done any scrapbooking since August, mainly because I've been so busy. And I'm so in the mood to scrapbook but because I just spent forever working the consignment sale (it was this morning), I can't justify taking more time from the family to scrapbook. I feel like I have to wait until DH is at work to get back into it. I'm just wondering how others feel ... anyone feel like me?
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I don't have kids yet so I can't compare my situation to yours as I am obviously a lot less busy...but to answer your question about whether he supports it...I would say he supports it but I'm sure the main reason is he wants to have that same time out for computer games. I'm sure if he was sat there bored it would be another story. lol. Sorry you are bummed about this Hope you get time to scrap soon. How did the consigment go?
My hubby supports it because 1 - he knows i really enjoy it, 2 - the kids LOVE the outcome, 3 - he has his own hobby that takes him away from family. So we sort of take turns. My husband games and is gone pretty much every sunday night. So I either scrap after i put the kids to bed on Sunday nights or i occassionally will go to a friends house to scrap on a friday or saturday night. but that is like maybe 3 or 4 times a year or so.
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I'm lucky..DH is VERY supportive. He's always saying to me "why don't you relax and scrapbook for a little while". He knows it's my #1 de-stresser, so maybe he knows it's better for him in the long run.
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Well on the one hand, I feel guilty not getting chores and such done, but then I look at what DH does when DS naps and when I am watching him...he plays computer games/video games or plays facebook poker online. I feel guilty usually since it is in my nature, but then I take a minute to think about it, and I don't feel as guilty. A lot of the time, I will scrap or do other crafts when DS is napping (especially mondays and fridays when I am off and DH is at work)...I also take DS up to my craft area with me...but he doesn't last too long before he gets bored and starts getting into things (Even though he has his own toys and music up there). As far as spending on it, I have made myself cut back, because I felt like a hypocrite when I scolded DH for spending money on lunches out at work, fantasy football, and occasional poker nights with his friends. Right now, I am trying to limit myself to stuff I need and sales (like the tape runner I bought today, b/c without it, I can't scrap or make cards haha)
simple answer no. If I mention to DH that I'm going to scrap on such and such night he says good I can go run. Sorry you are struggling with this and hope you get to scrap soon.
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I think it's very normal to feel guilty to do anything that takes us away from our family, we're moms. Seriously, it's easier to "shut the door" on work and walk away, and not so easy to do it with our families. Since I stay home like you, it sometimes seems that I never get any break and when I try to take one, I feel bad cause I am separating from my family as opposed to going home from work. If that makes any sense. But we need one. It's hard, I know...and life will one day be so much easier. Our children are only little once and one day they'll all be gone and we'll wish we were busy again and didn't have time to scrapbook. Hugs mom!!
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Hmmmm ... dh is supportive, to the extent that he likes to see the finished product. He says (and I agree some times) that I spend too much time on the 'puter doing it. But I see it as my relaxing and me time - he gets a lot more 'me' time than I do, and I would never not take care of my family beacuse I was scrapbooking, but I need to take care of myself too. Sometimes I feel guilty when I'm scrapping at night and he wants attention, but I do 90% of the family-based stuff around here (and housework), so instead of wanting to spend time with us then, he doesn't and then tries to interrupt my 'me' time... so I don't feel guilty on those occasions. I'm rambling, sorry!
DH has recently taken an interest in my scrapping. He wasn't impressed with most of the ones that I did with Picture It, but once I started using photoshop (and, admittedly, gained confidence as well as skills) he really started to encourage me. He likes to make suggestions and sometimes I take them - sometimes I don't. He gets kind of offended if I don't, but he gets over it.
As far as feeling guilty - not usually. I generally only scrap at night after the girls are in bed. Occasionally, I skip the dishes to do it and then I feel a little bad.