Thursday, March 3, 2016

Happily Overwhelmed in My Craft Room - The List

A craft friend recently got me thinking about a list I made over a month ago and how this time has been different than most of my "list" experiences. Did you ever complete all the tasks on a list that you made for yourself? I'm sure we all have at one point or another, but I've realized making the list itself gives me some satisfaction, as if I accomplished something by writing it all down. Then I inevitably lose just about every list I make before I've completed any of the things I've written on them.

By making the list I can tell myself that I tried and then blame it on the disappearing list when I don't get it all done. That last sentence just made me chuckle a little. 

Yet, this time I decided to see what would happen if I actually did follow through on every single task and for the past month and a half I've been happily overwhelmed.

Sure, the tasks aren't exactly comparable to scrubbing the toilet and giving the dog a bath, hence the word "happily" in my title, but my list is really important to me, hasn't been easy and I'm actually pulling it all off. Yeah! 

If you're wondering what the big deal is to me about completing a list of things such a taking on my craft space, it's a big deal because I made the decision to live life to the best of my ability and that means finding the time and motivation to do the things that are good for me and my life.

It may seem odd that making paper flowers or stick weaving would fall into self care, but I assure you it has everything to do with it. Not putting things off, being organized and not stressed over a mess, feeling good in your work space, and following through on things that you've wanted to do and try are all part and parcel. 

I've been making the paper flowers for Spring cards, stick weaving a rug, building a loom, needle felting a cellphone case, experimenting with stamped images and new crafting techniques, expressing myself in my first art journal, organizing and throwing stuff out, getting started on a binder/planning project and for the past 3 weeks I've been designing a craft room that promotes health and wellness.

The only dilemma with getting this involved is that I had to put off blogging, but my craft room is almost done and I'm very close to completing some smaller projects.

Below is a photo of what I've been up to and I have these photos of the projects because I plan on breaking some of them down in future posts. If there is a project that you're particularly interested in, let me know with a comment below or via message in GoogleLand or Facebook and I'll make sure to include it.

Stop back and check out the completed projects :)

Happy crafting and have a great day!