Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Holiday Crafting and Sales!

OK-so, today someone got me thinking about holiday sales. Actually, I was thinking of this the other day too I confess, just haven't gotten to it yet! So, here's the thing (as Monk would say): I REALLY want to cash in on the holiday season, just like any sales person does, but will I make it in time to do so? Well, I certainly hope so! Great answer, huh?
What I mean is that my 8 yr. old daughter, Tamara, is just getting back to school, on August 7th, (a day before her dad's birthday no less-and 3 days after mine-same age too)! So, that means a bit more time for me to do things, craft wise, SLIGHT bit less help in the house, yes, slight bit, like dusting or occasional vacuuming, so no real time threat there (LOL)...but it's also a matter of my health too. The fibromyalgia and spinal arthritis strikes when it wants, or when I bend my neck too much, or am at the computer too much, etc., so that matters too. I hate that! I don't let it
CONTROL my life, but it does affect it, no doubt. It's not something I can ignore.
But beyond that there's the bipolar which affects my moods-sometimes I just don't want to craft.
I love it, don't misunderstand, but there are times when I just don't want to do much of anything, and that is intermixed with the physical health thing too.
But, my enthusiasm is in high spirits. I DO have some cute Christmasy things to sew that I can take pixes of and list if I just get to it, or even turn into cute holiday pillows, as far as the cotton will go anyway. Plus, I am starting to make new things out of clay, like buttons...I love it-it's fun.
Circle, square, even leaf shaped! Not to mention heart shaped!
Now, let's not forget about school-I have thought about this: using erasable Sculpey to make some shapes for the new school season. I figure that kids and even teachers will like them-erasers in fun shapes, like sea life. Why not? Who knows what I may or may not do, we'll see.
I know some see my talking about this health thing as a bummer, a downer, but I see it as real life. I don't like to focus on the negative, but I am a realist, due to harsh, real life that I've lived.
When you've had your child taken from you for a few years, and you barely see her, because you have health issues and take medicine, (plus no lawyer and no money), real life hits you hard. Of course, what a joy to get her back again in my life!
She is part of my love of life and my love of crafts. But my crafting is also part of my therapy if you can understand that. It neutralizes all the negative crap in my life into something wonderful and fun, and brings out the creative part of me.
I am a musician-I play the piano, keyboards including accordion and some organ, and violin. But, at the time I have no instruments and that hurts at times. I long to play! So, claying and sewing help to relieve that hurt, the emotional lack of not playing. I hope that makes sense to you if you're still reading this. When I do these posts, I just free write, so it's whatever comes to me, and I know they get long.
Anyway, if I think of more, I'll be back!

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