I just re-read yesterday's post and wowa...a bit serious, eh? I am happy to report that this is a beautiful sunny Saturday morning and I am definitely not in a tunnel today! The sun is streaming through the windows onto my incredibly messy work space. No joke...the mess is substantial.
The funny thing is that just after writing about the need to balance creative pursuits and relationships, I was challenged in that very thing. (It's amazing how often that happens.) Immediately after hitting the publish post button I received a call from my friend Jennifer, a gifted fiber artist who is very good at maintaining a healthy balance between work and play. She wanted to stop by to share a little inspiration she'd found and what were the first words out of my mouth? "Can we make it another time? I'm in the middle of a big project." Ha!
Really? Was I so busy that I couldn't take a five minutes to connect with a friend and be rejuvenated and inspired? The tunnel was definitely trying to suck me in. I ended up meeting Jen for lunch and our interaction - the laughter, the article she shared, the "connectedness" - did inspire me and give me renewed energy. I am so grateful for friends who save me from my tendency to isolate myself.
So this morning I'm going to work a bit to catch up. I've got a big order due soon that has been a lot of fun to put together. I'm working on some items for a spring display...stamped spoons, decoupage boxes, and something new...collage eggs.
These are paper mache, covered with pages from vintage books, painted and embellished with hopeful and inspiring words, quotes, and images. I just love working on spring projects with messages of life and new beginnings. I sent the first few out the other day and I'll be working on some more today. I also have a pile of sterling spoons flattened and ready to stamp (thanks, Em, for your help) and a collection of painted pots fitted with styrofoam and ready to have reindeer moss applied.
All these happy projects are giving me spring fever! Now I am off to the neighbor's house, hopefully to find a UPS package that should have been delivered here last night. I ordered some new stamp sets...some pretty fonts to use on the spoons but they were delivered to someone else by mistake. UPS can't help me find the package until Monday but I really need it today! Well, okay...I really want it today.
And so it seems appropriate to leave you with the words of the great Roseanne Rosannadanna: