Thursday, January 7, 2010

Of Fat Squirrels

I caught this fellow enjoying a morning snack in the tree right outside my window the other day. He has to be the chubbiest squirrel I've ever seen. That's saying a lot since our home is surrounded by trees and I've made it a bit of a hobby watching the squirrels leap from tree to tree when I'm supposed to be working. Needless to say, I've seen lots of squirrels. But this guy takes the cake, or rather looks as if he's been at the cake. He obviously knows something the other squirrels don't, being as it's the middle of winter when food is supposedly scarce. He must be one heck of a hoarder. I think we could be friends. (If I were a squirrel)

Things are a bit slow here this week. The big girl is home sick with a stomach bug, the snow is coming down and I still haven't showered today. My "real" work... the work I get paid to do by my full-time employer is going very slowly as well. I can't seem to concentrate on any one thing, my mind is bouncing around and I just want to sit and stare and the squirrels. I feel very motivated one moment and then utterly down-trodden the next. I've been scouring blogs and shuffling through flickr photos for inspiration and I feel that it's almost there, like a word on the tip of your tongue. My goal for this month is to re-open my Etsy shop and right now I'm not sure that's going to happen. I've been working on coming up with new products using my vintage fabric collection. I have some new products that I'm happy with but I also have lots of ideas that need to be worked into sellable products. The problem is, that this is not a new idea. There are a lot of very successful Etsy shops that do pretty much the same thing, so trying to come up with things that are original is frustrating. I know I'm too hard on myself and much too picky. This is why most of my ideas end up stuffed in the back of the closet never to see the light of day. I need to find the courage to just get the stuff out there and if I fail, well, I fail. That's the worst that could happen... And the best? Someone could be really happy with something I've made.


  1. good thing its not one of the squirrels that teases the cat by floating accross the fence...

    I shut down my etsy shop awhile ago it felt sad to do it but at the same time I feel liberated.. as I don't feel anything I make is good enough or polished enough and I don't that the skill or the heart to make multiples of things... what can I say I'm not one of the cool kids...

    I hope you find your muse.

  2. so let me get this straight, you have a "dance naked" clock and a cute fat squirrel outside of your window? you are my new hero!


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