Saving the best for last may be a fine way to manage ones dinner plate, but it's a poor way to run a [home]school. Maybe it's distractibility or perhaps my temperament, but I tend to get caught up in the urgent--laundry, math, cooking, grammar--and run out of energy or time before enjoying crafts, music, or art.
I've set aside two big chunks of time on Monday and Friday mornings (not after lunch or "regular" school) for sewing with the girls. Even when I slack off, we usually manage something enriching.
For me, co-oping is an excellent way to make me do what I want to. Two years ago I ran across this post about waxing autumn leaves. Even with that bookmarked, and further encouragement from Elizabeth and Ginny last year, nothing happened.
Better late than never?