No pictures today. This is my clean slate spot for the new year. I cannot tell you how happy I am that we are on the uphill slope to Spring! Even if it was 29 degrees outside my house last night.
My craft room has been cleared of all Christmas ephemira; it has been thoroughly cleaned and reorganized; plans for new and better ways to know exactly what I have in all those boxes and drawers are being implemented… Now back to the drawing board, literally!
I loved every moment of Christmas… due, in part, to the fact that the Holiday Bazaar was early in December. I discovered that I do not like feeling pushed to make things for the average bazaar attendee. Most people want to go home with bags filled with either food or bargains. Neither of these categories works for my paper crafting nor my spirit.
Many people were actually surprised to see our display. They said we were the only ones with things like ours for sale. So my two intrepid helpers (sister and daughter) made separate forays into the packed isles and came back stuffed with food samples… and the plain truth that they had seen many “things” for sale but almost nothing handmade.
Mind you, we had fun and we sold most of our product but I don’t think it is something I will want to do again next year because now that I see what the average consumer wants I have very little desire to make it. And equally little time to spare from my true joy.
There was a good side… I made contact with several people who wanted custom pieces which had to be made and received in time for Christmas mailing. Then by word of mouth, there were a couple more orders to fill. That was exciting but I was beginning to panic! Everything got taken care of except for one teeny, weeny little thing. I had no time to make Christmas cards of the type I would want to send for any of my friends! This was definitely not a good thing.
In my poor little mind, anything that feels like work instead of fun and leaves you unable to reach out to the ones you love… Well, it is off my list for sure!
I have to say, however, that the money I made and the gift cards I received under the tree have been put to good use making Christmas a little nicer for my grandkids and stocking my craft room with items I have waited for since last August. They are things that never showed up at the craft store and I have to pay full price as well as shipping to get them. I was waiting for Santa to make that possible and he has done a bang up job!
I’ve made my purchases every few days so that they will arrive bit by bit over the next couple of weeks and keep a little Christmas spirit alive for me. Now it is time to nip the shopping in the bud and get comfy in my craft room with all its new additions. I have opened each package and carefully put the item in its proper place until everything is just right. About 10 more minutes of last minute organizing and I will be on my way.
I am feeling very Steampunky again. My DH gave me a wonderful book about it and I think I may even make some of my own elements with Fimo clay. A new year and some new challenges. Of course, I love my pastels and my Shabby Chic; they will get their turn, too.
May all of you have the best of this new year and indulge the creativity within just a little more than last year. Set up some goals about whatever it is you fancy as your creative outlet… resolutions, if you will. Forget about that new diet and feed your soul!
All my love and best wishes… Charlotte Anne Theresa Schleue Kelley Conners Zweigoron!