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TIME is one of those elements that needs to be managed and managed well.  A day has a predetermined amount of hours and how we spend it is basically up to us.  Yes, we all have obligations and surprises along the way, but we still have to be good stewards of our time.

Sometimes I get bogged down in everything happening around me and with me that I don't seem to function.  Sad, but it's true.  I can look at my yarn and not want to even create anything.  Or I look at my unfinished craft room which has created a junky guest room and wonder when will I pull out that bucket of paint to finish touching up this or that.  And so I have to take a deep breath and temporarily walk away.

In my walking away, I've had an empty Etsy shop for almost 6 months now and guess what?  It's really ok.

In my walking away, I realized that I don't have to crochet 24-7 and even when you drop the ball on an order, it's okay to suck it up and confront the customer because they might not want or need the order (which is what happened - they wanted to get out too).  It's better to be honest, and honestly, when my hand started acting up, I lost a bit of my crochet mojo.  Still working on getting it back so I can complete a blanket order before I literally cringe at the thought of crocheting a blanket in hot weather.  And while I'm being honest, I've come to the realization that I don't like to crochet blankets (especially larger than a baby blanket) for commission.  They really aren't cost-effective.  Giving them as a gift would be the better option.  And just because I can make something doesn't mean that I'm obligated to make it (for pay).  Other crafters like referrals too.

In my walking away, I shut the door to both the guest room and the craft room, and I know that they will both return to normal in due time.

In my walking away, I realized that sometimes you have to walk away to clear your mind so that you can be more productive later.  This is not the first time I've been guilty of having too many irons in the fire.

So, what have I been doing lately?

Engaging in a staring contest.

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Working on my secret project.

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And picking up my knitting needles.  Hey, just because I don't feel like crocheting, doesn't mean I don't feel like knitting.  For me, knitting is much slower-paced and I don't feel rushed to get-it-done-and-get-it-done-now because frankly, I already know that won't happen.  lol

Now, I've got some Saturday chores to attend to.  See you on the next go around.  :-)

Happy Saturday,


  1. Good for you! It's important to realize that one can't always do it all.

    I really want to know what the secret project is!

  2. The topic of your post is so timely Libby! I've been feeling the same way about home, work, projects etc. etc. etc. Thanks for giving you( and now me!) a very fresh and honest perspective on putting things in a realistic light and order! ((Hugs))

  3. I struggle with the same things Libby. There are so many things that I want to accomplish and I overload myself. I constantly have to stop and get my "list" in order so that I don't burn myself out. Can't wait to see what is so Top Secret. :)

    Just take a deep breath and do what you can that very moment. :)

  4. Awright now! (snaps finger and rolls eyes and neck :))

    It is always a good idea to take care of you. And you just had a vending event not long ago too. So you can just pat yourself on the back because you deserve a rest! I hope you are doing a very selfish knit too. ;)

  5. It feels wonderful when you realize something that has become a burden is not a duty! I stopped drawing and painting after spending 5 years non-stop at University. I didn't want to hear about picking up the pencils again. And know what? Ten years later, I noticed my weekends were so empty that I may join this outdoors painting school. After that long break, I found out I still love to paint and I enjoy it so much. All I needed was time to rest. Now, you need that well-deserved rest too. Well done!

  6. Brava to you Libby for walking away and feeling confident about your decision. That's hard to do (I know from personal experience), but sometimes it's needed. It's especially hard when the things that you started off doing as a hobby become an obligation. It's good to take a break and put them back in the hobby category. I'm also excited about your secret project!!! :)


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