I heard somewhere once that creative people tend to lean toward the "depressed" and "moody" side of life. I don't know if there is any scientific evidence to prove that... but I think there is some truth. Although maybe it has to do with family history and the gene pool and all of that rot. Who really knows? God, I guess. Anyway... I have so many thoughts that run through my mind in the course of a day... and even at night when I try to sleep. Sometimes I wish I had a little switch up there behind my ear somewhere to turn the "thinking" part of my brain off (while the rest of my brain still allows for bodily function, of course). But alas... I am human and I can't just flip a switch. So, I have a bajillion thoughts and ideas... and they all seem good... yet... I never seem to be satisfied in my own accomplishments. I try so many things and have very little focus for any one thing in particular. It's frustrating... but I just keep on keeping on and living life.
So, what have I been up to while I have put the blog on the back burner? Welp, besides the normal cooking, cleaning, mowing the lawn, etc... I have been working on some crafts. I really don't like that word... crafts. It seems so... "bubble-gummy". Like, "Oh, I'm working on a craft today!". Lame. But when you use the word ART... people expect paintings and drawings and all sorts of artsy-fartsy stuff. I'm really not into that either. I do consider myself an artist... but not the artsy-fartsy kind... I guess more on the *ugh* craft side... but who needs to categorize, right? It's all just labeling! So, let me show you what I have been doing to occupy my mind so as not to go completely insane. Don't get me wrong... I am not complaining about being at home all day. It has been my life-long dream to stay at home (and be a mom--some day)... but the "insane" part I am referring to isn't about boredom... it's about the internal workings of my own mind that I can't even begin to explain. Ok... so here we go... (Hoping to sell these in Sept. at a Fall Fest):
First up... CARDS. Yes.. cards. Which I suppose are considered CRAFTS... but whatever. I love papers... envelopes... pens and stamps and interesting note cards. I really despise going to a store for a card, though, and having a cute pic on the front... then you open the card up and there is some generic greeting on the inside. Now, I understand, not everyone wants to sit down and fill up the inside of a blank card. People actually LIKE the generic greetings. Sometimes I do as well, when I need to send out a sympathy card or something. But I have a real loathing for great cards on the outside with crap printed on the inside. I could think of a million other things I want to write on the inside--but the manufacturer always ruin it! So, I created my own cards.
Some are big, some are small... but most importantly... they are BLANK on the inside!!! *sigh*
Next up is my jewelry. I have tried selling some items in my Etsy shop (as well as mittens and pottery and some hair doo-dads)... but there is just too much competition with Etsy. Who wants my random little pieces of jewelry... when you can find much cooler things if you search? That's just my own opinion... coming from a lack of sales and a negative attitude! Anywho... I am hoping to sell some of this at the Fall Fest as well.
I would really have liked to have some pottery to sell at the festival... but with getting married and also an elbow injury from back in JANUARY that is still healing... I haven't had a chance to throw any. Kind of bummed... but maybe for next year!
Another project I have taken on without really knowing what I am getting into... is sewing a little stuffed cat. I got a good deal on the pattern and thought it looked adorable... but there is some hand stitching that I wasn't anticipating. I mean, OK, I guess I knew it had hand stitching... but I'd never done it before and didn't think it was that big of a deal... but it is pretty time consuming! Although, I admit... it's not that hard. Of course, I am not going for perfection here... so my edges leave much to be desired... but like I said... this is my first time--so I'm not too picky.
I think it will be cute, even if it is a miniature!
And lastly... I have been put in charge of booking the bands for the local Christian Teen Center... which takes an obnoxiously enormous amount of time to do! It's not easy coordinating bands and prices and dates and having to turn some people down. BUT... I must say that I am SUPER-DUPER excited that we MIGHT be getting one of my all-time favorite bands in October! I am still in communication with them about what we can work out... so CROSS YOUR FINGERS AND TOES!
I am off to have some chili and cornbread for dinner. It's funny, ever since I met Cory... my taste buds have opened up tremendously! I now eat cucumbers, green peppers, watermelon and chili!! Weird! But good! Tomorrow--getting my hair cut and getting ready for a yard sale out at my sisters!