Friday, November 22

Shows During The Holidays!

Having a few shows lined up back to back is one thing. Planning them during the holidays is another. Determined not to let this oh so fun pastime become a stresser I have to do a lot of planning ahead. As I mentioned in my last post I steer clear of over booking myself with other activities and strive to put all my energy into the fun stuff. That would of course be my creative life. I have 2 things planned for the weekend. Tonight I have my first home show and getting my quilt guild Christmas swap present well under way. 
I can't post the guild present yet but here are a few of my most recent jewelry projects. 

Earrings from tiny spoons

Beaded 3 strand pearls and crystals
This is a style I seldom do but saw these beads
and they just lead me down this road. 

Pretty cross in earth tone crystals

My personal fav right now
Amber and brass

Brass and crystal earrings

My new favorite thing - Guilders Paste
This stuff is wonderful and comes in a ton
of colors. After it sits up (about 24 hours)
it won't rub off and leave a beautiful patina
Colors can be mixed and over laid.


 
And of course here is my sweet Ian at the fall festival. 
I think this was his first time on a full size horse. 
I'm quite scared of horses - evil teenage experience. 
He was thrilled as you can tell by that grin. 

Well have to go and get ready for the show tonight. 

Monday, November 18

My Perfect Holiday

Is sure not what it used to be. In years past I would start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving and spend DAYS decorating almost every room in the house. This year I have a 4 ft tree in the living room a little garland on the mantel and my Jim Shore Santa's and Angels. DONE! in under 2 hours. 


I would have been stressing about Thanksgiving dinner and what I would make. Is the house looking wonderful. Is every little thing put away. Oh who cares. The house is clean (pretty much) and our simple Thanksgiving dinner will be just as yummy as one I spent days dealing with. And I'll have energy left to play with Ian. 

It seems to me that I just don't have enough time in each day to get the things done I want/need to do. As I've gotten older thou I have figured out that not all those things really need to get done. So I don't have time to put up all my customary Christmas decorations without staying up half the night and killing myself. Who will care? I will take shortcuts with Thanksgiving dinner - no one will mind. When I was younger I would kill myself to make everything so perfect or at least try to it would wear me out. 
If it wears you out at 20 you really don't want to go there now. 

So I have cleared off my workbench and said "Closed" except for custom orders till 2014. 
If you could have seen the before you would be so impressed.

The sewing machine has one last project for the year on it and after that - Closed. 
It's a raging mess right now. I'm working on a mixed media project.


No last minute crazy stuff for me this year. Relax, look at the little 4 ft tree.
Don't stress if a doggie fur ball drifts out onto the floor when company is over. 


It took me a very long time to figure out it really won't matter. 
And it's sure a lot easier now