Kid in a Candy Store

That is exactly how I feel this morning! I feel like a kid in a candy store! I pulled out a few more boxes of paper crafting stuff from the crawl space. WOW! One good thing about a long hiatus from the craft is that it feels like you’re starting for the first time only fully loaded! YAY!

And to think, at one point, that I had actually entertained the notion of selling a lot of this stuff! Yes, my friends, even my Cricut! It took so long to schlep everything upstairs and get set up in the dining room whenever I wanted to craft that I finally just gave up and let it go. The same thing happened with making jewelry and dragging everything out of the closet each time. When I left it out, photography seemed to take up my time, and the jewelry findings gathered dust. Oh my many hobby loves!

Soooo…. Maybe – just maybe - now that I have everything in one place, I can begin the process of organizing everything to make it quicker to get to. Granted, I don’t have quite enough room to leave both paper crafting and jewelry crafting out at the same time. That could present a small problem, but I’ll worry about that later! Not much later, though, because I need to be doing both quite a bit over the next few weeks! 8O

Memories of Retail & Yearning to Craft Again

The Old Logo

Whenever I shop at Michaels in Southlands, I kind of feel at home. I have fond memories of working there, and I really enjoyed it. The only thing that started getting to me were the hours (including weekends). Get a fuller story here. I especially miss the 25% employee discount!

I worked under the old tag line “The Arts and Crafts Store”. Apparently they’re under new management and have made changes. Their new tag line is “Where Creativity Happens” with a much simpler logo.

The New Logo

No more red aprons, either. Now they require khaki pants and black tops. In the beginning of the changes, they wiped out all classes offered except for Wilton Cake Decorating (only kept because of a contract with Wilton). They finally brought the classes back, though! I had a brief, fleeting thought of becoming a Jewelry class instructor again for a little extra cash and for the discount, but the position has already been filled. Just as well! My availability would be very limited anyway.

Crafting is more enjoyable when you’re not being paid to do it actually. I hope to be able to make time for it again once I’m moved into my new office/craft space. My problem with making time is that I like to dive into projects and not surface again for hours. If I know I don’t have that long, I just put it off. <– said as I glance over at a necklace that has been laid out ready to be pieced together for many weeks now!

Procrastination

A little time saved now equals a lot of time spent later.

Is it really worth setting that thing in your hands down on the edge of that table with the intention of getting to it later? How much later are you planning on getting to it? Within the hour? GREAT! Seriously? If not, then you better walk your butt to where that thing really needs to go right now. Chances are, once you turn your back on that thing, it will leave your mind until next week. Worse … You’ll get used to seeing that thing on the edge of the table and won’t even give it another thought. It’ll be as if that thing belongs there.

In my case, that thing is usually the mail. For many years it was standard operating procedure in this house to pay bills once per month because that’s when the paycheck came. Even when I started working again and a second check came every other week (now semi-monthly), bills were still paid once per month. Now many of them are on auto-pay. I don’t have to think about them, but a statement still comes in the mail for most of them. Those statements have to be opened, filed, and trash disposed of. Probably two-thirds of each stack of mail goes directly into the recycling bin. What a waste!

It comes back to the need for scheduling. My work day is full of schedules and deadlines. Scheduling home tasks makes personal home management feel like a business … like more work. I have trouble separating the two concepts, and it feels strange to me. Would it be efficient? I’m sure it would! But when I clock out at the end of my work day, be it 8 hours or 11, the last thing I want to do is more work. I want to do things I enjoy like read, write, take photos, make jewelry, or just park my butt in front of the television. Can I get an “Amen”?! Penciling in this mundane work on the weekends is just as bad. Do we not deserve at least one day of rest? Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow?

Why? Because there will be twice as much to do tomorrow, three times as much to do the next day, and so on. Before you know it, the end of another month is here. Now there’s an entire day’s worth (or more) of work to do just to get caught up. Time that could have been spent going somewhere or doing one of those things I enjoy. So why don’t I just bite the bullet and schedule time for this stuff? This stuff. Paperwork, filing, shredding, recycling. Oh, I have tried. I even had “Office Work” scheduled on my Google calendar twice per week. That went over like a fart in church!

It’s so bizarre that the work I get paid to do, even though I work from home, I have no problem doing above and beyond expectation. I do have high expectations of myself over all. That could be part of the problem. If I don’t feel I can give a task 100% or complete it within a certain amount of time, then I won’t even start it. I hate leaving things unfinished. Now that just doesn’t make sense at all. Does it? If I haven’t started, then it isn’t finished either!

Oh, and then … then there’s the ultimate satisfaction of completing a task and then maintaining the system. Sadly, that always come to a tragic end as well. Something inevitably happens to thwart the system and causes my fine oiled machine to break down. Then I’m two steps behind again, then three, then four and back to procrastinating.

I want to have my full-time job (plus overtime), and be a very part-time photographer, and make jewelry, and read, and blog, and network socially on the interwebs. It always seems like almost any one of them is at the expense of the others. The only exception being that nothing interferes with the full-time job. :lol:

I do believe I’ve crossed over into rambling. I will try, yet again, to create a schedule. I’m going to make one more excuse here, though. Creativity is hard to schedule! what if I pencil in jewelry making on, say, Wednesday afternoons but don’t feel inspired when my scheduled time comes up? I’m just keeping it real. It’s easy to say I’m turning over a new leaf, but changing overnight isn’t realistic! Even in the corporate world, they have planning committees work together over a period of time to come up with policies and procedures to implement change. There’s goal setting and ways to measure progress. As long as I realize this and everyone around me also realizes this, then maybe … just maybe … in a few months we can have some new habits formed as a result of scheduling.

It’s a myth that it takes just 21 or 28 days to form a habit. It actually takes 66 days on average. True story!

Labor Day – Dreadlocks & Jewelry

My son got dreadlocks today (see pics on flickr).  It took 11 hours, and his girlfriend did most of the work.  Josh and I both helped a little, too.

I also made some jewelry today!  It’s been a long time since I’ve done that.  I spread everything out on my dining room table, made three necklaces, three pairs of earrings, and one bracelet.  When I was done, I actually put it all away instead of leaving it out on the table.  I’m sticking to my guns!  Put things away when done!