Monday, September 19, 2016

UFO's - UnFinished Objects

What are they......

Here's some random thoughts I have had about my UFO's 

I'll say IT IS MY Choice. Sometimes projects had a great calling to my creative spirit when it was started. There was a challenge, new pattern, stitch, colors, etc. It waned and became a UFO.

About a year ago I ventured on a 30 day Minimalism Challenge (more on my blog). What a difference it made. I organized the UFOs by level of completeness. Then looked at my life and whom would receive the finished item today. Great questions to ask.


Before I knew it, some projects were re-claimed (torn down to reuse the thread) , some were cut off and added to my 'sample' book, others were tenderly put back for another day (emotional ties).

I gave up on a dozen or so UFOs since that time. I now feel free, I have not lamented over the early terminated projects. I paid a sweet homage to them as those projects were part of my journey. They were holding me back from completing the projects I wanted to do.


It was almost two years ago that I wrote those words.  Since then I've enter the BIG E twice.  I've moved my studio to a different room and consolidated some items.  Not enough yet, and the new space isn't really working for me yet.  Nonetheless, I've got it in better shape, just missing a few more "ah ha" moments to get it in the shape I need it to be in.

I've been brazen in eliminating unfinished projects.  After conquering the technique or the puzzling pattern, lately written in russian, italian, or spanish, I cut it off and move on! 
This year I've entered a Motif challenge at Annual Tatted Lace Motif Challenge on FaceBook.  This challenge has helped me to finish the various little motifs I've tried in tatting.  I'm still having technical challenges with their website, though I'm working at it and the Admin helped me some today.

For today -- it is consolidating more of the ideas, patterns, threads, etc.  I've got to pack for the BIG E...  my volunteer day is Wednesday! I get to demonstrate making lace, see the fair, and enjoy a great day away.

Enjoy the day...............  More Lace!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Where did the time go?

It's about four months into "my eight month year".  I've been looking at my calendar and wonder what the heck have I done?

It seems I've been running from one thing or event to another.  Lack of focus some folks would say.  I'd have to agree with them.

Yesterday was my monthly meeting with my mastermind group.  I have been involved with this group since 2001!

Basic premise is that you are to share your successes, challenges from the prior meeting and set your goals for the next meeting.  You are accountable to the group.

I've noticed that I have not been living up to my "goals".  Yes, I have enjoyed successes and dealt/dealing with my sets of challenges.  It just seems to me that I haven't been living up to my goals I set each month.  As for the goals from last month,  somehow they evolved or got on the back burner.

That's all for now....  more excitement is coming.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Cleaning Day - Dread it or Joy?

Cleaning Day, it is such a joyous day for me.

Cleaning Day happens once a month with the help of a friend of mine who has a cleaning business.

My house is clean generally all the time.  I'm a drop it and leave the cluttered and littered mess kind of gal.  Since this day is once a month, the littering and clutter doesn't get too bad.  So the night or two before, I run around and put items back into their places.  Since I started a minimalism campaign about 18 months ago, most items have a place.  Of course one could wonder why I don't put it in its place when I have it in my hand?   Guess I got distracted!

Cleaning Day is a chance to get the big stuff completed and caught up without losing a step in my work schedule.

On the dawn of the Cleaning Day, I begin the wash, make a great cup of coffee and pick up the last few items.  Then Sabina arrives!  We go over any extra items that need to be done and then she wizzes away.  I get back to working on the day's tasks and responsibilities.

We stop for some lunch and catch up on each other lives, and then it's back to work for both of us. 

Then low and behold, she is done and viola it's like a magnificent hotel suite!  There is a fresh smell about, all the laundry is completed, bed changed and made, vacuuming done, trash out just to say a few.  There is an amazing relaxing feeling about my home.    I tiptoe about for several days to keep the feeling going.   

Over these last 18 months, I must say that my home stays picked up better because of Cleaning Day.  A recent article I read affirmed my thoughts that clearing the clutter is healthy to the mind and spirit.  While each of us is different, I do think that a "place for everything and everything in its place" keeps my life in order, saves so much time looking for those bits 'n pieces and keeping the sanity of day somewhat in line.

Hoping you find the joy in Cleaning Day, however you find it.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy New Year to me!

Happy New Year to me.  Yes, I've come up from the "season" yet once again.  It was long and challenging.  Yet, I'm out on this side once again.

This year needs to be a bit different.  In the dark of the winter months, I've had some time to reflect of what I have been involved in the past, what I'm currently involved in and what those items I'd love to try out in the future.  

Of course the future items and events many of them, I don't even know exist yet.  I do know, it is time to clear more of my decks so that there is the opportunity to be available to what comes across my path.

My year has generally been eight months long - May 1st through December.  Yesterday I took a bit of time to ponder.  What this year will be?  This is what I've come up with so far.

Minimalism  - Continue to downsize!  I continue to evaluate my "stuff".  A friend is having a tag sale so I could unload a few more or lots more items.  I also had an 'ah ha' moment as I could take part in the weekend flea market to dispose of more of my stuff.  During the season, I rearranged one of my rooms, well it was one room that impacted one other room that had two areas.  I was able to rearrange and viola - I have an empty room.  The room with the two areas is so much more enjoyable. 

Art - Spend time with my art .  My lace is in  various stages - lots of projects in at various stages of completion.   Fairs and such are beginning as it becomes demonstration season.  How do I get back to being part of it?  I was watching a video of myself giving a seminar, "Lace is Everywhere" and re-experienced joy.  Time to bring some of that joy back to the present!

Volunteerism - A big part of my non-working life.  I generally enjoy being part of organizations.  There is the contribution part, community part, and the just ride along part.  The first two are where I receive my most joy.  The third part is okay and helps balance out the my personal schedule.

Family and Friends -  Time is needed to help out a relative that has some challenges.  That will require being on the road quite a bit more.  Other family members have been doing the lion's share to date. Time for me now to give them some relief.  

Happy New Year to me.  I've started off with a different kind of list.  It's a more joyous perspective look at what I have before me. 

Hope your New Year 2016 has given you joy!