A few "in progress" projects. It's nice to have a few long term project to jump back and forth between. These are the projects I keep close by my TV chair. I can snuggle in and really relax. This is the first time in WEEKS the sun has been out long enough to take pictures. I went a little crazy before my batteries died but I still didn't get pictures of any of the Easter bunny projects. So hopefully we'll have sun again tomorrow and recharged batteries. Hope you all had a great week and happy Friday!!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Here's a couple of posters that I designed for the Rollergirls. I'm pleased as punch with them. I'd really love to do more work like this. Another goal for this year is to finally get a portfolio website up. I'm not actively looking for a full time job, the one I have passes just fine. :) BUT, I would like to get my presence out there and maybe pick up a freelance job or two for fun! I've been meaning to do this for a few years but like so many things it just gets pushed aside. Here's to making it a priority this year!
Monday, April 25, 2011
I've decided that this year I need to make it a priority to get all of my photos organized. I'm probably the worst mother alive when it comes to my kid's pictures. I have zero photo albums and only a couple actual printed pictures of them in the house. Know what's even worse? I don't even have prints of our wedding pictures yet and we were married almost a decade ago. Seriously, I'm hanging my head in shame. And it's not that I don't love family photos in the house, it's just that for some reason this has taken a back seat for far, far too long. Occasionally I scroll through the pics on the computer and wonder why the heck I don't have these wonderful memories scattered around my house to enjoy every day.
First things first, I've got to get the kids pictures under control. My iphoto library is a disaster and I've got discs and discs of backups from old computers. Rather than taking the time to organize pictures when I upload them they go straight into iPhoto without any labels whatsover, I mean, who has time for that!? Geesh. But all kidding aside... why the heck didn't I just organize as I went!? Ok, that was the old me. The new me is turning a corner and trying to be more mature and more organized. So, first step is to consolidate all the discs and digital libraries into one. I think I want to then break up the photos by year / age. But let me ask... How do you organize photos? Is is by age or by event? I don't even know if I know how to utilize iPhoto properly!
Step two will be to pick favorites to frame for the house. We have a fabulously large blank wall that will be home to our family photos and I already have a bunch of frames. Step three will be to put them into albums. Now here is where I keep waffling... I'd love to take the time to design digital scrapbooks with journaling and pretty frames and lovely scrapbooky things. BUT I know that's probably overly ambitious and I'll never make it through them all. I don't know if I should have them printed digitally or buy traditional books to just place the printed pics in. Again I'll ask for suggestions... what do you guys do with your family pictures? I want something that the girls can look through (they LOVE going through mine and my husband's old photo books), so something sturdy that will last and can be passed down. Do you have any suggestions for great albums or is digital printing the way to go? This is going to be a HUGE project but I think if I take it in chunks I'll be more successful. I'll definitely share progress!
I hope everyone had a lovely and relaxing Easter weekend! I know I was definitely not ready for ours to be over. I did lots of puttering and lots of cooking (see super yummy sugar cookies above) and lots of crafting. It was pretty perfect. I'm still coming down from the sugar high.
I wanted to thank everyone for their responses to the last post, it was funny and really heartening to read that everyone has the feeling of being overwhelmed sometimes and struggles with time management. I personally have a problem with saying no to people who ask for favors, or help and I always to to do too much. So lately, I've been trying to say no more (it's amazing but people actually understand and don't hate you!), I'm also trying to do less. Doing less I've been able to do more. It's crazy but true. I've also been trying to budget my time. Rather than just saying "I don't have time for that". I make time for it. Even if it's 5 minutes, it's incredible what you can do with 5 minutes. I've been working on house projects, knitting, sewing and even reading again. I've been trying to spend more time just being with my kids. All in all it's really, really improved my mood and all the stress and agitation of the last 8 or so months as kind of melted away. I think I'm finally back to "me", back to the things that are most important to me. That's a great feeling. Even so, there's still a little something missing. It's been wonderful taking a break from JuneCraft but I miss it. I've needed to take extended breaks from it before and each time I come back rejuvinated and better than ever. I think this time will be no exception. Except that this time I don't have a plan. I'm still in the dreaming, scheming stage of my Etsy return. I've got definite direction yet and that feels a little strange.
There's so much I want to do, I'm just not sure which path to take! I've got some great ideas for knitted baby and kid items but I don't know if there's a market. I also might like to try a screen printed tshirt line but is that market already saturated? Am I thinking the wrong way? Am I focusing too much on the business aspect and less on what's really important? So much thinking to do but it feels good to be able to do that thinking now. Thanks for listening to me ramble. Any advice, stories, etc that you want to share please, please feel free! I love our conversations!