Thursday, January 14, 2016

PLANNING VERSUS EXECUTION

Okay...  that title is a little jarring but you know what I mean. Why is it that it is more fun to plan out something than to actually do it. I read an article in the paper that agrees with me. A poll showed that  people were happier while planning their vacations than they were when they returned from said vacation. Now its true that they just might not have been happy to return home, but the gist of the article was there was joy in the planning with none of the troubles that doing something will always include... late airplanes, getting lost, long lines, etc. Well, I find I go through the same thing while making journals. I LOVE planning them. I love putting the right papers together, maybe dying some. Picking out envelopes or making them. Which stamps to use, what colors of ink. Choosing journalling cards and making tags. Joy exceeding great joy. I race down to the craft room and PLAN. Then, when all is ready and stacked and its time to put the journal together....cue the crickets. Ugh, Cutting out the papers to the right sizes, Stamping the pages (why oh why can I not stamp straight). Sewing the pages into the book. Why is this a chore? I haven't a clue. Is it just the nature of the beast? Ask me to go shopping to buy more stamps or dies, I'm there. Ask me to choose which stamps or dies to use and I'm a little quieter, ask me to sew that thing together and finish it already and I can think of a million things I have to do instead. A lady on youtube calls these things her PHD..as in "I need to finish my PHD" (projects half done). So, there you have it. Thanks for letting me rant a bit. Its now time to grab a cup of coffee and get to work on my PHD    :D

Friday, January 1, 2016

WELCOME 2016

Well, we made it to 2016. 2015 saw some great days and some not so great days, But I praise God in each of them. I started last year with a bread making hobby and after too many pounds gained, moved on to a journal making hobby. The new hobby only makes our bank account lose weight, though I've been able to sell a few journals and photo journals. Now, having spent the ENTIRE last day of 2015 cleaning the craft room and sorting through all the paper, I have come up with a few New Years Resolutions for myself. Here goes:
1. Do not keep any paper smaller than 3x3 inches. Even if it is very very pretty.
2. Turn scraps into something else within two days.
3. The to do basket may only have two projects in it at a time.
4. Put everything away right away.
5. Designate certain days for certain crafts...ie. Sunday- watch yt videos to get ideas and play with           Cuddlebug Monday and Tuesday--journal making, Wednesday-         paperclips. Thursday-                  embellishments. Friday--tidy up. Saturday--walk away from the craft room
6. Remember this is FUN. Don't get overwhelmed.

As for the rest of my life, I think these resolutions fit there, too. Here's to a shiny new year :)