Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

Wow! Lots of Inspiration Happening This Week!

April 1, 2010

Looking at some etsy-associated blogs and websites has been very inspiring this week as I’ve continued to prioritize creativity in my daily Flylady routine. There are so many gifted women out there creating and inspiring others. It’s just contagious! (Oh, dear, so many exclamation points. I’m afraid the punctuation police will be after me.)

I’ve also been inspired by II Corinthians 1: 3-4:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

I have been talking with Joey and the kids a lot lately about our responses to being “unhappy.” I had some really important inspirations about this topic lately. When I get bogged down with circumstances and relationship challenges and just plain tired and worn out with life’s responsibilities, I can get quite self-focused. As I talk to others about this, I see that it is a common response. The more “unhappy” we feel, the more self-focused we become, as if the pursuit of happiness (or, at least, the relief from unhappiness) is our biggest goal in life.

Then, I started thinking about II Corinthians 1 because Clara had brought it to my attention last week. When we are sad, lonely, overwhelmed, etc., we are comforted by the God of all comfort SO THAT we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. In my sadness, loneliness, fatigue, I learn how to comfort others who are experiencing the same thing. This reaching out to comfort others is very different from making all kinds of self-focused effort to get rid of my own unhappiness.

I think this is what Flylady did. She had issues that all of we SHEs have. She was inspired with solutions and strength to carry out the solutions. THEN she turned to comforting others in the same situations. I am inspired to be “Flylady” to someone who needs the comfort that I have experienced.

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Etsy!

March 28, 2010

I’m so excited about getting my first etsy listing posted yesterday, despite the distractions that life continues to toss at us. If it weren’t for Flylady’s admonishing me that I can do anything for 15 minutes and that things don’t have to be perfect to be a blessing, I might still be dreaming of getting my etsy store going. So exciting!

Saturday Creativity

March 27, 2010

I set aside today to work on my etsy store. There are tasks involved in getting my items in the store and up for sale that require more than 15-minute increments, so today I’m going to work on those tasks. I hope I can get my mind focused enough to accomplish my goals since I’ve set aside this time today.

Prioritizing Creativity is Working!

March 23, 2010

I am so excited to report that it’s been working very well to prioritize my creativity every morning! I’ve had no problems getting my Missions completed nor any of my other responsibilities. The best thing about prioritizing my creativity is that I stay “on a roll” and am always thinking about my next step during the day. Hurrah!

Report on Early Morning Creativity and Flylady Routines

March 16, 2010

I have a good report today! Yesterday, when I prioritized my creativity first thing in the morning, I wondered if I would be able to accomplish my Flylady routine. I can happily report that I did!

After I did my little embroidery activity, I actually switched out laundry (which is what I usually do very first thing in the morning) AND folded socks for an hour. (For years, I have had a separate laundry basket just for socks. That way, socks don’t get stuck in other clothing and increase the chance of their getting lost. I wash socks on Fridays. Since I hadn’t washed socks when I was on the dog grooming trip, I had two weeks worth to wash and, consequently, fold. That’s a lot of socks.) Then, because, for various and sundry reasons, I didn’t do ANY Zone Missions last week, I really wanted to incorporate the Kitchen Missions into this week’s routine. I managed to get my counters scrubbed and half of the appliances cleaned without much hurrah. Today, I think I can easily get the other half of the appliances scrubbed and get the ol’ toothbrush going around the sink.

This was all accomplished amidst regular homeschooling activity, Bible study, etc. I am very encouraged that I can prioritize the creative activities that energize me and still get my Flylady routines accomplished. So…today, I’ve already embroidered for half an hour. And I have high hopes that my Flylady routines will not be negatively impacted. Yea!

Flylady and Early Morning Creativity

March 15, 2010

Today, I got up (pretty much) immediately when I first woke up, despite the time change, in anticipation of prioritizing some creativity this morning. My goal was to complete a clean copy of another of my embroidery patterns and then transfer one of the designs (there are three designs in this particular pattern) to a tea towel so I could embroider a color suggestion sample.

First, though, I ate a little breakfast, got the preliminary lunch stuff going and read the Bible. I always meditate on a psalm in the morning and right now I’m working my way through Psalm 119. I read in Psalm 119:96 today:

I have seen a limit to all perfection;
Your commandment is exceedingly broad.
(NASB)

I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad. (KJV)

I have seen that everything [human] has its limits and end [no matter how extensive, noble, and excellent]; but Your commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without limits [into eternity]. (Amplified)

I have seen an END of all perfection. I have seen a LIMIT to all perfection. I have seen that everything human has its limits and end, no matter how extensive, noble and excellent. BUT God’s Word is exceedingly broad and extends without limits into eternity. Hmm….

With that verse on my mind, I made my way downstairs to my light box. Guess what. It wouldn’t turn on. Last time I used it, I had no problems. Joey was sitting right there and he tried to make it work (and since he made it for me, he knows how to do that). Determined to reach my goal, I decided to trace the pattern without the light box. Which I did.

Then, I went to make a copy of my of my newly traced, clean pattern on the copier because I can transfer a “xeroxed” design right onto fabric without using a heat transfer pencil, saving a little time. Of course, the copier jammed and for the life of me, I couldn’t see a jammed piece of paper in there at all. I shut the copier doors and the copier resumed printing, but indicated another jam. This time, I could see a paper in there, so I grabbed it, called it good, shut the copier off and went to my ironing board where I transferred the design onto a tea towel. I’m now ready to embroider that particular design as a color suggestion. That might be my project for tomorrow morning.

So, it’s definitely Monday around here. But, I have seen an end of all perfection. If the light box isn’t working or if the copier is giving me fits, I’m not giving up today. All of my embroidery patterns center around God’s Word. And It is exceedingly broad and extends without limits into eternity.

Now, we’ll see how the rest of my Flylady routine falls into place today….

Martha Stewart, Flylady and Laundry

March 14, 2010

Yesterday morning, I determined that I would complete our Easter crafting and decorating projects before I did any chores. I hung up the window decorations that the girls and I made the other day. Then — oh, joy! — I started on my Martha Stewart’s glittery eggs project. Over time, I had blown an adequate number of eggs to nicely fill a clear serving bowl. I had purchased some glitter. I had located the craft glue. I was ready.

I then sat in a perfectly quiet (the little kids were not awake, Joey was already working on the flooring at the bakery, Jacob was at the dog shop and Tim was birding) kitchen and glittered eggs to my heart’s content. I didn’t even turn on any music. It was lovely. Did the eggs look perfect? No, but I think they are sparkly fun, anyway. And I am not to be side-tracked by perfectionism in my crafting anymore, anyway!

Once all of the eggs were glittered and the rest of the Easter decorations put in place, I was energized for my day. I managed to get entirely caught up on laundry (dear Joey did the laundry while I was gone, but there was a substantial amount to be put away, still) in a relatively short period of time. I took care of all of the Hot Spots in the kitchen. I painted little chicks on the fingernails of four little girls. I exercised. We even managed a little Family Fun at the very end of the day.

So, I am encouraged. If I absolutely prioritize doing my crafting first thing in the morning, without agonizing over whether I will have time for all of the rest of my Flylady routine if I do, I believe I will be energized enough to get done what needs to get done. I will certainly be a happier person while I’m doing my chores!

Weekend Creativity

February 22, 2010

On Saturday, before Joey and I had our lovely chat about our goals for the bakery, Joey needed a power nap. While he was taking a quick snooze, I did a little work on something I’d like to get into my etsy store. For a long, long time, I’ve wanted to offer an embellished notebook-type page that could be easily reproduced to fill a notebook. The notebook would be used for recording responses to Scripture. For example, most mornings, I copy a portion of the Psalms and, verse by verse, I write out my responses, what God is showing me through His Word or praying a response to that verse. Right now, I do this on the computer, but I thought that having a pretty page to do this on might be even more inspiring. So, I started embellishing some pages.

I’m still working on getting the clean copies of my embroidery designs done and scanned into .pdf files. Plus, I’m embroidering examples of most of the designs. I’ve been making slow-but-sure progress by doing a little bit each day, ala Flylady.

Balance, Creativity and Flylady

February 17, 2010

As part of my balance check yesterday, I made absolutely certain that I got in some time for creativity. It is amazing what creativity time does for my soul. I completed a clean copy of one of my embroidery patterns in original and mirrored formats and Joey scanned those into .pdf files. I then photocopied the mirror image and used my heat transfer pencil to put the design on a pillowcase so I could embroider while I was at the dentist waiting for the kids. I still managed to shine the sink and do the laundry and swish and swipe and exercise and, well, you get the picture.

I’m still cogitating on balance, so stay tuned….

Family Fun Today

February 13, 2010

Rumor has it that there is some serious Family Fun in the works, so stay tuned….

But, first, some decluttering, some exercise and some creativity.