Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Painting, Writing, Baking & Trying to Focus

After all of the sewing that I did last week, this week I am writing patterns- sooooo, there's not much exciting going on here!

I did find some time to do some quick illustrations for the February Newsletter (sign up for your free subscription here)....

And I finished up 2 quilts for my next pattern so I could get them off to the quilter.....

Today, I am planning on working on some recipes for the newsletter, too. I tried one out over the weekend, and it was kind of a fail. So back to the kitchen. Good thing my family and friends don't mind eating the "mistakes."

How is everyone's 2013 going so far? So far, mine has been..... pretty much like 2012! Meaning, no huge changes. I don't make resolutions anymore- I resolved to give them up a long time ago, ha ha! I never kept them for more than 3 days anyway :). I do have some new things planned for this year, though. I mentioned in my last post that I am going to do my patterns differently, so that will be a little bit of a challenge but I am pretty excited about it- I hope you will find them to be beautiful and an excellent value for your money.

I am also looking to re-do my blog and website this year- which let me tell you is really overwhelming! Like..... I lay awake at night bed wondering how I am going to do it, in the midst of getting everything else done. You know how that is- that you feel that you really need to move on, but you can't seem to find the time for the new stuff because there's still so much stuff in your day-to-day life that you have to handle? And that is when you start to feel like you are just running on a treadmill- working and working and working but not getting anywhere. That is how I have been feeling.... so I have to figure out a way to find make time for the new stuff I want to explore.... Of course that means that some old stuff is going to have to go- and that is scary. I have ideas that I have been turning over in my head over the last several months. Oh there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do! Maybe that is the hardest part- deciding which things to focus on, and letting the other things go.

Of course there are some things that are just a "no-brainer"- like I could watch a little less TV. Or get up a bit earlier. Or spend less time on Facebook.

(Brings to mind a saying I heard the other day:
Don't give up what you really want for what you want right now.

How do you get past the "planning" stage into the "doing" stage? When you have lots of ideas, how do you decide which is the best to focus on? And what have you given up in order to make more time and energy for those things?


  1. I get overwhelmed by all the to do, so I just do what inspires me at the moment. I got stuck with the flu, so no big projects this week, but being able to make some small things while I rest is a blessing.


    1. I also like to have projects to do while I'm stuck on the couch, because otherwise I would feel like I'm "wasting" time (even when I'm sick- I'm silly like that.)
      Seems everyone here is sick too- I hope you feel better soon.

  2. Wow - so true! When you figure out the answer, please be sure to share with us LOL!!! I'm facing some of the same issues. Blogging especially takes so much of my time and other things suffer. But it is something I really enjoy, so I am loathe to give it up entirely. But if I just blog occasionally, that's not fair to followers. But.... the circle never ends! I know you will pray about it and the Lord will show you each day where to concentrate your efforts, and it will work out perfectly :*)

  3. By the way - thank you for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments. I tried to reply but you are set up as a no-reply blogger so I couldn't. I know that may be on purpose, but just wanted to let you know just in case.

    1. No I didn't know that I was a "no-reply" blogger- thanks for letting me know! I will have to figure out how to change that. Any ideas? I guess there's a setting somewhere in the Dashboard, but I don't recall ever choosing a setting for that.



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