Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What HAVE I been doing?

Believe me, that is a question I have asked myself often these days. I am feeling very non-productive in all arenas of my life. I am starting to worry for my mental health and may take it on a long over due spa vacation sometime soon.

I have no excuses other than the fact that I am exhausted which is making it difficult to focus or finish things. This holiday season has been busier than most for me and I. AM. NOT. ENJOYING. IT. There, I said it. Now maybe I'll cut myself a little slack, shorten my to do list and spend sometime wallowing in Christmastime cheer. Lord knows I need it.

Many of my holiday gift projects are just not up to par. The hat I so lovingly (and strandingly) knit my sister is tight on my head. Yep. And she has a bigger head. GREAT. So I am not want to finish it. Sigh. And that afghan I started? I know I won't finish that so why bother? The cross stitch sachets and sleep mask for my boss? Half done. The good half but STILL. It's time to FOCUS PEOPLE. Seriously. This Saturday we are hosting Luis' family for our annual Christmas get together. I have come up with a menu that won't stress me out and once Luis decides to escort me to the toy store for some gifts for the kiddies my heart may stop palpitating. On Sunday I need to get things done as it's my last weekend day at home before we leave for my parents on 12/21.

So . . . what HAVE I been doing?

These little guys came together so quickly and made me feel a little better about my non-craftiness. Are they gifts? No. In fact that are wares for a small store in Lancaster where there is a tiny corner of Goodness for sale. Inspired by Vallen who says I inspired her to put trees and sewing spools together so it's a whole chicken vs. egg thing. I think they are very "Country Christmas" and I did save one to put on my own tree

I also made these for myself:

I bleached them a la Sarah (they are a bit more white than they appear here), glued them into spools and added some glass glitter. I would like to try for another layer of glitter as it looks a bit thin but aren't they cute?

So at least I've accomplished this small thing and maybe, just maybe, it will be enough to shove me into holly jolly mode. I guess we'll have to wait and see.



Leigh Ann said...

You definitely need to cut yourself some slack, girl. You are making me stressed out. Maybe gift card it this year? Mayb IOU it this year? Like tell sis that you'll make her a hat and she can pick the colors?

deep breaths, deep breaths
sending you some peace
love, LA

Heidi said...

Oh honey, it's not just you. I haven't made a blog post in a week because I have been feeling so overwhelmed, underproductive, and CRANKY about it all! I'm still behind even though I feel like I'm running all the time.

I agree with LA--cut yourself some slack. For me, it was buying Christmas cards instead of making them, and realizing that the super-cute window decoration idea that I had been dreaming about just isn't going to happen this year. I'm bummed, but I also realize it's not worth stressing over. I'm sure there will be more slack-cutting as it gets closer to the 21st, as that's when we're leaving too. :)

I'll be thinking about you!

Sarah and Jack said...

Ah, grinchmas, isn't it fun?

You need to add those trees to the flickr group s'il vous plait.

Jane said...

Hang in there! I think we all need a "Crafty leave" similar to maternity leave just before Christmas. I had one this year and it made all the difference. Working is just so daily!

Jennifer said...

Those bottle brush trees are beautiful!!!

Christmas is a very stressful time of year for most adults, I think. Take it easy on yourself.

Thimbleanna said...

Those trees are adorable! I love the trim on the spools of the green ones, and the glitter -- what a great idea! May I ask what you used for the snow on the trees? At least you have those trees to claim for crafty projects -- I haven't done any christmas-y crafts and I'm missing it!

Vallen said...

Oh, the glitter is a perfect touch. See? You start it, I follow in your crafting footprints.

Monica said...

I dont know how you keep up on all this craftiness and all the creative thsings you do!!! I barely have any time and I just dont have the crafty gene!!! I am a buyer!! Hee hee!


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