I thought it would be nice to get to know the author Toni Coward a little bit so I did an interview with her:
Well, I have to admit that some days it doesn't really feel like I have much of a balance happening! Like everyone else though (regardless of whether you work in a paid job or not), we have our good days and our bad days. I think the key to success is not to expect too much from yourself and really try and go with the flow. The way I balance life changes from month to month (or day to day!) depending on the ages and stages of the children and other things we have going on in our lives. For example, at the moment Tommy is almost 18 months old, and I really think that the most difficult aged of a child to try and sew around is between 1 and 2 years old. So at the moment, very little sewing gets done during the time he is awake, which means more late nights for me! I've been through it with the other two though and know that in another 6 months time I will be able to start doing a little more during the day so am just enjoying the time I have with him being 18 months at the moment. The key to me actually accomplishing things though is writing lists - and lots of them! I have an ongoing master list of "Things To Do" and every day I write myself a daily list of things that I want to accomplish during that day, choosing the most pressing items from the master list (I know, it sounds so regimented, but it works for me!!) Writing things down and referring to my list constantly during the day really helps me to get things done - it also helps me to not "bite off more than I can chew" and give myself unrealistic expectations.
It depends on the project. Usually I sew for the finished project - because I want to create something in particular, whether it be a new pattern design or cushions for the couch. Sometimes I get sick of sewing for a reason though and want to sew "just for fun". I always have a quilt in the works or other long-term projects to fall back on when I want to sew for fun, projects with no deadlines or expectations, that I can just slowly take my time and enjoy the process.