From the home office

This morning I realized that it had been many days since my last post, but I always wanted to have good pictures to put on here and daylight was the only time to take those pics.  The days got away from me and it was sunset before I knew it.  So, that brings us to today.

I have been busy working on many projects, some of which you will see in the picture collage below.

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The ripple afghan is coming along, just as it was last week.  I think I will finish it either over the weekend or early next week.  I have the “middle” rainbows done and now I can work on the last 3 colors for on the other side.  I’m loving it so much!  It makes me happy when the skies are gray.  Which they actually have been for a few days due to blizzards and snow.

The cross stitch is one of the four Christmas stockings that I want to do over the next year.  I would love to have them all done for me to use next Christmas.  I know that this is a lofty “dream”, but I know I could if I didn’t have anything else to do.  The fact is though, I have a lot of other things I could be doing and want to do!  In fact that leads us the item below:

IMG_9742These are the fabrics that I would like to use to make a crochet hook organizer.  I have been thinking about doing this for years!  I found a pattern that I am really excited about by Dots or Stripes.  I will be giving it a try next week!  I can’t decide between the butterflies and the chevron or the filigree pink and the chevron.  At least I have the weekend to decide.

Beyond all of this I have been working on a few other projects.  One is taking a vintage quilt and putting new batting in a requilting it.  It’s going well so far.  I have it all a part and think I have a plan to put it back together as close to the original as I can.

The other project is a more personal one.  This week I found out that my step mom and friend has stage 1 breast cancer.  With early detection and some wonderful Doctors things are very positive and we are all grateful for that!  I wanted to do something special for her, so I will be crocheting a row on an afghan for her until the day she calls and tells me that she is cancer free and treatment is over.  I am hoping for more of kids size blanket than adult, but know that it is all in God’s hands, and with that I find peace.

I hope that this finds you all healthy and enjoying the life around you,

In peace and craft love,

Cil

Day 4,5, &6

Happy Monday everyone!

It was a busy weekend, but I have my 3 items ready for today’s post.  These are all fingerless gloves.  I can’t imagine using them on a day like today, being that it is -56 windchill, but they are fun to make and nice to have for texting, working on the computer, and just for cuteness(which of course is the main reason that we really wear things. lol)

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I also decided that I would start an afghan.  I’m usually really good at starting them, not so good at finishing them.  I really do want to finish this one this time!!  I will occasionally post my progress here to keep me accountable.

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I also have dreams of cross stitching 4 stockings by next Christmas.  I fear reality is that I won’t be able to, but I am going to try.  Starting with this one, the hardest part will be the starting and sorting all the colors.  I will also post my progress on these items as well, so as to share with you, but also to keep accountable to something, even if it is just myself.  lol

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I hope you all had a nice weekend, it looks to be a cold week ahead for most of the U.S.

Staying warm in the tundra,

Cil

Balance

Since I will be “going back to work” in about 10 days I decided that I better figure out a way to make a nice transition.  So I have been searching for ways to keep organized and help keep things balanced.  I found THIS post about a rotating goal list. I of course found this while on Pinterest.  I love the ideas that come up there, and have helped me in many ways!  (I am also working on a food planner and workout chart)  With this chart I will write in 6 projects that I want to get done in the days M-F.  If I get more than this done that’s great, but I won’t feel pressure from myself to do more.  This list won’t just be items that I want to sell, but could include things that need to get done around the house.  I suppose it’s a priority list of sorts.  I used to make lists all the time and I loved it, so I think it’s time for the list bandwagon again.

Weekly goal chart
Your goal sheet could have more than 6 spots

 I hope that you all have the balance in your life that you are looking for, and if you don’t maybe this idea could help you too 🙂

Take Care,

Cil

First Monday in February

I can’t believe I just typed that title.  ALREADY, the first Monday in February!  Every year I think that time goes fast, but as I am getting older I find that time flies even faster!

I have a list of things that I would like to try or do that could keep me busy for a very long time, but I always seem to think that I can fit it all in, in just a short amount of time.  Why do I ever think that is possible?  I decided at the beginning of this year that I was going to take a sabbatical from my businesses and focus on my family and finding my artistic mojo.  I thought, oh yah, two months will be enough time.  And then went ahead and listed all the things that I wanted to work on during that time.  Here is my original post:

“I am going to take a sabbatical from my photography and home and hearth businesses starting January 1st to focus on three things, and their names are, Justin, Jazmin and Jadyn. How am I going to do that you might ask? Well, I am going to do that by bettering myself. I plan on not crocheting or sewing during that time, unless I feel empowered to, but instead spend time doing things that I have not done for awhile like cross stitching, baking, working out, scrapbooking, (maybe some quilting), community choir, and taking a continuing education course in photography(I always have to be learning, it’s who I am). With this I hope to regain some zest for my businesses and make some big decisions as to the direction that they are going. By taking this time for me (and my family) I think it will give us a stronger future. I have spent much time healing from this foot thing, but have not spent many hours doing things during that time that really seemed to complete me and it’s time I take that back! I know this will be a hard thing for me to do because I am not one to say no to work, money and a challenge, but I still think it is needed.”

Seriously, did I think I could do all of that?  I lol at myself for thinking it.  What I am finding is that I love many things that I listed there.  Things that I had put off.  Things that I had forgotten about.  Things that bring happiness to both me and my family.  What I am finding is that I am going to revamp how I run my businesses to fit my family and not try to fit my family into my business.  I feel like this is going to be a really fun year, and I can’t wait to see what it brings, But I really hope it ……

S L O W S  down!

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