Where it all happens

HEY!

It’s been quite some time (about a month) since I have posted.  The reason for that is simple, I have had other things on my mind, and even though there were many times I thought I better post something, I just didn’t give it the time needed!  So let me tell you about my project last month.

MY WORKSPACE!!!

For many years I have had a nice size room where I was able to store all of my yarn, fabric, and other crafty things.  I worked in this room, but I always thought that one day I would do a makeover.  FINALLY it happened and I am so glad that it did!  I wanted something with a lot of color, flair, and enough space for my computer to make it into the space as well – that all happened and now I am going to share it with you through pictures 🙂  I also want to say that I found my inspiration from many different sources, including Pinterest, but mostly I just google searched if I had an idea and wanted confirmation on how to handle it.  So without further ado, here are the pictures of what I now am happy to call my workspace/office!!

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So, I guess that’s it!  It’s fun to reorganize and freshen up a space, but it’s even more fun to USE it!

TIME TO GET SEWING!!

With crafty love,

Cil

Getting Crafty

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After starting my 365 day challenge of an item made per day to sell, I quickly figured out why that isn’t going to be exactly what I need to do.  Why?  Because it’s impractical.  Basically because I don’t need 365 items to sell, but also it takes away from the creativity of my products.  Some items just take more than a day to make, and I want to be able to do those items as well.  So my new “goal” as I like to call them, is to do something creative every day.  Fill some of my time with doing something that makes my heart and crafty fingers happy.

That brings me to what I have been doing that has made me very happy over the last week.  The new afghan that I have been working on!  Now I want to preface this, by saying, for the most part I don’t finish afghans.  Not because I don’t like them, but because I lose interest.  It’s unfortunate, and up until a few months ago, I had the proof of it.  Notice I said “had”, that’s because I literally through out about 5 afghans that were a quarter of the way completed.  It was kinda sad, but also helped me to move past them.  Anyways, enter Instagram.  I had downloaded it to my phone over a year ago, but never really used it.  Recently, my Dad had told me that might begin using it , and I thought….heck, I could give it a try.  This time instead of just posting a picture, I started exploring others with my same interest and found tons of ideas and amazing crafters just like myself.  I came across an afghan that screamed at me, it was jumping up and down… “make me, make me”.  I liked the pattern, so I got started, using yarn that has built up in my stash.  Now I can’t put it down.  So I thought I would share with you what I will be working on more today and in the future have a completed project of.

I hope that something that inspires you falls into your lap, but if it doesn’t, go looking for it.  It’s out there for you to find!!

In health and craft love,

Cil

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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

New thoughts!

Hey everyone!

It’s been awhile since I wrote here, but wanted to let you know of some plans that I have for this place 🙂

Starting January 1st I will be working on a 365 day project/goal.  Before I get to it though I want to fill you in on WHY I need this project.

As many of you know I own two businesses.  Photography and Crafting.  I LOVE them both, but they are also both very busy at the same time each year.  Which starts to put a stress on my family, and also my mind and body.  I always find myself wishing the months away from September- December, because frankly I just get really, really tired.  Maybe it’s because I am getting “older”, or perhaps, I really just like to have the time to clean the house, do laundry, and make supper for my family…. all while they are at school and work.  Which is why I am going to try something new this year to help alleviate some of that stress that comes at the end of my year.

Insert new 365 day project (This idea was given to me by a wonderful friend, and I instantly fell in love) here.  Starting Jan. 1st, 2014 I will post a picture of a completed craft project to represent each day of the next year.  Now, I’m not saying that I will post a picture every day, or that I will always write a note with the picture, but I am saying that by the end of 2014 I will have 365 different pictures, representing 365 different items.  What this will mean for me by the time next “season” rolls around, is that I will have plenty of items to sell at different craft shows, which will give me the opportunity to not crochet or sew fourteen hour days along with trying to edit images from my other business.  I assume some days will be more of a challenge then others, but I am ready to accept it.  I need to try.

So, what that means for you, is that you will start to see more updates from my blog, which will also be something exciting for me, I’ve wanted to get back to blogging and maybe this will be the push that I need.

Of course I have the other usual goals for 2014… eat healthier things, sweat more, laugh more, stress less, and enjoy life to the fullest!  However, this one item per day goal is going to be at the top.  Time to prepare for the year ahead!  READY. SET. GO……

What goals do you have for 2014?  Do you make goals or resolutions?

In health and happiness –

– 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