Being sick for most of last week has set me behind a bit in my quest to fill both shops up for the looming holidays!
Earlier, I got so embarrassed by my inability to keep my Etsy shop stocked that I shut it down for a while.
And I am making a dent in the giant pile of vintage jewelry that I have been meaning to photograph for the Boutique too.
I tell myself, there is only so much time in a day. There is no stretching it out, that is all there is. I can make the best of it, or I can just fret.
Between the kitchen remodelling project and my travel across country to play fairy tales with my friends and visit my sisses, then all the cuddly grand kid time and Halloween fun, I simply had no time left to get sick and be off my game for a week.
But I did, its over, time to move on. If I start out the beginning of November fretting and fussing and feeling behind, just how much fun will I be having this season? Its barely begun and I am already stressed!
So, I'm putting implementing a NO Fretting Rule, and just telling myself that there is only so much one little old lady can do, right? I should relax, bake cookies with the girls, be social, and enjoy spreading Christmas decorations all over my new kitchen!
Plus, you'd rather have new things to look at on a regular basis than a jam packed shop all at once, wouldn't you?
On another note, do you remember those "10 things about me" lists that were going around on blogs years ago? I think they are back. I used to love them and was so addicted to reading them, I would go from link to link to link and just get lost in all the lists and not even remember who I was reading about.
I was just picked to do one again, but, I'm afraid I lost the link and name of who asked me. If it was you, would you please let me know? Sorry.
Anyway, I thought that I would take the time away from doing something else that really needed to be done (kits for a class, a story for Somerset, a project example- or two- or three, gifts to make, listing, listing, listing, and not to mention cleaning house, just to mention a few) and with my new found, No Fretting Rule, I would goof off and write out my list of:
Ten Things About Me
1- I'm always behind, so it wouldn't matter how much I get done, there is always more I want to do, my mind is a swirling, twirling, blur of ideas and colors. Which I why I am always doing different things, and not trying to capture the market on one type of art. I think I could do well if I stuck with something, but I keep moving on and trying something else.
2- On the other hand, I love Holiday tradition projects, like dying the bottle brush trees with Sugarwings (she is my little helper elf and loves being put to work). She has helped me since she was tiny. I hope that the trees stay in fashion and I can still sell some. Or we will end up waist deep in pastel trees, because we are dying another couple hundred or so.
3- I watch way too much TV. If I'd be willing to give it up, or at least do away with a fraction of the time i spend in front of it, I probably would not be so far behind with everything else in my life. But I can't quit you, DVR. And I don't want to.
4- In the studio, I listen to NPR all day, and only allow myself to watch TV out here if I work late at night or on weekends. But I rarely listen to music and don't care much for silence. I do sing a lot, but not to the radio. I sing all day long, and am most likely the worst singer ever. Maybe its because I am singing to NPR?
5- I talk to the dogs all day while I work and sometimes forget they might not be in the studio after all, and carry on a whole conversation with no one.
6- This NO Fretting Rule will not be easy for me. I do tend to fixate on what I need to do. My husband doesn't care much for that trait.
7- I'm usually pretty quick in everything I do. I'm not a deep thinker or planner, and work off the cuff. I rarely sketch or plan ahead. When I worked as a muralist, I would walk up to a 60' wall and just start painting with no drawing to go from. I don't like to do the exact same thing twice, so if I had a sketch, chances are that the wall would come out different than it anyway.
8- Once I fell off a horse and broke my back, and thought I was going to have chronic pain forever. But I don't because I try to stay limber. Exercise and I don't get along well, but I have to make the effort, or I start to drag my left leg.
9- I travel a lot even though I hate to be away from home (and my TV, my dogs, my studio, my Sugarwings, my family, my garden, did I mention my TV?).
10- I will fall for any excuse to waste time, even when time is short. As you can see by this list. And by how often I post. And by how often I am on Facebook. Its a good thing I can't quite get the swing of Pinterest. I can feel a huge pit of time seeping away there if I did. And I do appreciate all the pins people have made from my blog, thanks!