Saturday, October 16, 2010

There is never enough time....

There never seems to be enough time to get everything done that you want done...because of this I guess you just have to let some things go? 
I have tried to incorporate some things into my day that help me to multi-task to try and get more into my day.  I started a few months ago doing what I call -  "Take 5".  When I say "Take 5" everyone has to stop whatever they are doing and take 5 minutes to do some type of cleaning.  You have to spend the entire 5 minutes doing something.  This seems to help, but if I try and do it too many times in a day I get plenty of 
I also recently started to make myself pick something up when I left one room to go to another.  I don't know about you but I constantly have things in one room that need to go back to another room. IE: Quilting Magazines in my bedroom that need to go back to my studio.  That potholder that somehow ended up on my computer desk - how did that get there anyways?
I don't like to spend my entire time off cleaning and sometimes it seems like you could do just that, if you let it suck up your life.  I think I would rather be known as a little bit messy and have some time to myself to enjoy things...what about you? 
I think that next year is going to be a big changing period in my life because I suspect both of my boys will be going off on their own and that will leave me with no one to blame the messes on but myself.  I am pretty sure that things will be much more orderly but then I wonder if I am going to miss the grumbling about getting your clothes to the laundry room, or leaving that glass on the coffee table. Not to mention the quiet...
I would love to hear how you manage to squeeze more into your day, or even how you have decided to let things go...
Today while I let things go I will be finishing up my Summer Sampler Quilt - all that's left is the binding, putting my customers Memory Quilt in the Longarm to quilt, working on a beautiful New York Beauty pattern that I haven't shown yet (its a surprise!) and hanging my Knotty Thoughts quilt up in the living room now that the Horny Toad has been applied to it. :)   What are you working on? 

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Don't sweat the small stuff...

This morning as I was doing laundry I had a memory of when I was married and my ex would complain when asked to put clothes in the washer and the clothes were inside out.  He would have an absolute fit about this and I would just think, well it only takes,  what? - 2 seconds to turn it the correct way and move on. 
This in turn made me think about people that I have talked to that say "Oh I could never quilt, I just don't have the patience for it". I guess that made me think this morning that my patience must be tied to my ability to not sweat the small stuff. 

I know people that clean their house so much including their garage, that I bet that you could eat off the floors - including the garage floor!  Me?  I can overlook that sock that my son dropped next to the couch until he gets up tomorrow morning and I can ask him to please pick it up.  Granted there are days that I do pick it up, but it is not something that would nag at me and cause me distress. My house may not be the cleanest on the block, but I am certain that it is one of the happiest because I don't stress over small things that I do not feel are important.  If someone doesn't want to visit me because I might have a sock on the floor then they will be the ones that are missing out on my wonderful self. :) 

My passion for quilting does lend itself to a bit of clutter in my studio and my longarm room, but to me this is happy clutter because its where I immerse myself into my creativity which is a zone that feeds my soul.  I am my happiest in this zone and in these rooms surrounded by my fabric, patterns, tools etc... When I see these rooms I feel an immediate sense of self and a calmness comes over me that can only be experienced by someone else that truly understands what it is like to have a creative passion. It is the Zen of my existence.  The fact that you can see these things in my home and they do not "conform" to a normal household set up does not bother me in the least - I just don't sweat it.