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

“Time flies” and other cliche sayings

“Time Flies”

“All in due time”

“Better late than never”

“Rome wasn’t built in a day”

“A Stitch in time saves nine”

“The times, they are a changin”

                  Those are just a few of the cliches that I see posted on facebook, or hear time and time again in every day life.  It got me thinking about why we say these things.  Especially because I haven’t posted for awhile and I was going to start off by saying.  “Wow, time flies when you’re having fun!”, But then I thought…why do I need excuses and cliches to get me through?

                   Truth is that writing blog posts aren’t a part of my daily routine.  I like having a blog, I like that I can share my thoughts with a lot of people at one time, but in the end I still don’t do it.  So I say something  like “time flies”.  It gives a reason why we haven’t called, written, or had contact.  For me, there are things that come up that keep me from writing my blog posts.  So, with that, I will list a few things that I have been up to:

  • Bike rides with my family
  • Sewing
  • Family Vacations
  • Working out
  • Cooking
  • Going to the beach
  • Photographing the life of others
  • Battlestar Gallactica (This is a fairly new thing for us, but it’s been fun)

Mostly, I have been keeping up with summer activities while trying to still run my businesses efficiently.  Now that summer is winding down I am starting to get back into routine for work and prepare for the next 4 months of high volume with both businesses.  It’s going to be busy, things are going to get crazy, but I must love it, because I keep doing it year after year 🙂

                   I hope you all are able to say “Time Flies”, but then think back to why it did and smile.  Because life certainly does go fast, one minute you are holding a baby and the next she is entering 8th grade.  One minute taking naps and having snacks is your top priority, and the next you are paying bills and trying to get your kids to take naps and eat their snack.

I wish you all a great day, I know this is sort of random, maybe if I keep writing blog posts I will get better at it.

Or perhaps not. LOL

–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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