We are rarely blessed with four day weekends like this year’s Fourth of July (last week) and I had long ago decided I will stay home and try to deal with sorting out my craft supplies and projects, with ample time for catching up with the writing here and in my craft blog, Gotham Chick. In fact, I managed to write something about my return to Polymer Clay there even before I started writing here. I am trying to apportion my free time between the thousand and one things I want to take care of.. and whatever gets done, gets done. What I don’t get to do, I will go back to another time.
I used to stress about keeping up and posting all my post-worthy pictures and blurbs all over– and then one day I just paused and stopped. One thing I found out was that doing that wasn’t actually so bad. It wasn’t the death of me. Sure, the instagram followers stayed steady at just over 700. But I never really set out to be a media influencer with thousands of followers. I was happy to have a media presence. And I am keeping it that way.
I can’t be holding my phone typing away when I want to find new ways to do crafts– and to actually make something of the many supplies I had acquired through the years. I can actually keep crafting without buying anything with the way it is, unless I decide to change the medium of my crafts. And I’m not planning to do that anytime soon.
I have enjoyed going back to my unfinished projects and planning how to make something new and different from that which I originally intended. Projects I had discarded as epic fails can now come to life as something else. It helps that I never throw things away unless I completely ruined it. The crafty side of me always insists that even something already twisted or baked or formerly wound up can be fashioned into something new and beautiful again.
I found these round or donut-like beads I had made from polymer clay scraps. Not quite there yet, but I think I’m ready to start working on the next phase. Photographing them from this angle gives me new ideas to rework or use them, and I am taking this as the “before” pic.
While I have pushed the limit on sleeping late and waking up even later, I feel like I’ve had ample time to recharge and get things done at the same time.
I finally finished hand rolling one of my silk scarves I had bought a while back. Thanks to YouTube, I found a nice way to hand sew the edges of this panel fabric featuring a giant flower print. Considering this was my first attempt, I’m quite proud of the way it came out. It tells me what to do and what not to do for the next one, but I think it came out neatly even if there is some unevenness in the project. I will write about that more in the craft blog soon.
I like the quiet pace of a staycation because then going back to work come Wednesday won’t be such a drag. I’m actually looking forward to it as I prepare for a new chapter at work.
The weekend has been all about taking care of me and that has given me a chance to breathe. No special spa day or what not, but simply taking the time to do the things I want and care about at the pace I want to do it has been treat enough. That’s my kind of a vacation.
Take care of you…