Thursday, June 5, 2014

Do You Do This?


Do you ever find yourself doing a creative project at a totally inappropriate time? Being drawn into a crafty activity right in the middle of a more important and time-sensitive job? Maybe I am just weird, but it happens to me once in a while, usually when the important job is causing me stress. One time I gave myself a new haircut on the morning I was expecting a houseful of people for dinner! (No one noticed, apparently it wasn't as drastic as it felt.) 

The last two weeks have been high-stress, lots of joys and lots of disappointments. The roller-coaster of selling a home is no fun, unless you love roller-coasters....and I do not. The physical work mixed with the emotional upheaval as inspectors of many variations comb through my closets and bathrooms is exhausting. 

So, maybe the odd idea to suddenly do a silly project is a way for my mind to step away from the daunting tasks on my yellow legal pad. 

Today after an inspection and a rough meeting about the sale of our home, I was packing my purses, belts and winter scarves. I came across some strips of material I had used for belts years ago and it reminded me of a Pinterest idea I just saw. I live in flip-flops for a good part of the year and have a big basket overflowing with them in many colors. 

So, I immediately stopped my packing and re-modeled the pink flip-flops that were just TOO pink for me to wear very often. Sorry Old Navy, but I like my version better! Cute huh? (Instructions HERE)

Yesterday in the middle of DEEP cleaning my house for that inspector to come appraise the house, I was sorting large pictures hidden away in the back of my closet. A pile was built to go to the goodwill store. I noticed that the frame on one of the give-away pictures was much nicer than the plastic frame on the counted cross-stitch I had created early in our marriage. (I loved the neatness and orderliness of counted cross-stitch. Even the back looks as nice and neat as the front. That's me!) 

So, I stopped sorting and cleaned the glass on the new frame and switched them out. The theme of this stitchery DOES seem pretty appropriate for our current life doesn't it? I cannot wait to hang it up in our new home when we move! 


Am I the only one who does this weird behavior? I am not normally scatter-brained or busy with multiple tasks at once. I love order and finishing a job once it is begun. I love crossing things off my TO DO List. And the current legal pad is full of lists regarding Craig's List items I am selling, moving company estimates, furniture inventory lists for the movers, inventory lists of every box I pack, and repair lists for the house (which seems to be growing instead of shrinking!!) 

But things are getting crossed off and we are moving forward, for the most part. I believe that maybe the "sudden" creativity is a way for me to relax from a hard job. It is something satisfying and restful, even if I am not sure it is going to work. 

For those who want more details about our move; it is still on schedule to happen before the month of June is over. We are in that day-at-a-time waiting, hoping, packing, working, planning stage right now and praying for the best. 

Yay for new beginnings, not forgetting the old, but embracing change with all of it's roller-coastery-ness! 

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10 comments:

  1. I think you are totally sane! (you thought I was going to say "insane" didn't you?) Yes, if you don't take a few breaks in the midst of the mess of stress, you will crack up. Trust me, I know about that....I am the queen of many moves...and I've had my crack ups and my crackdowns. Take time out for YOU every chance you get. Take a bubble bath or something fun and let your concerns and anxieties be washed away. It's all going to work out just fine. God is in control.

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    1. Well thanks for the vote of confidence in my sanity, though I am not sure how sane you are, my dear, so not sure if it counts. Haha! I am pacing myself and trying to be careful (especially after that May Day mini-stroke! so scary!) It's just the constant cleaning while trying to pack and sort. Such a messy job and hard to get things looking presentable again quickly. But we are ALMOST done hopefully! Keep praying!

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  2. Boy can I relate Susie - from roller coaster to crafty break!! Actually, I don't consider myself very crafty - I'm a "wanna be" in that department, but about a week and a half ago, before I'd found the new interim place to live and smack dab in the middle of time that "should" have been spent packing or making the various and sundry lists you mention, I went to a ceramics studio with a friend. She chose a very small cat to paint, and I chose a very ornate cross about 9" high. It had so much design on it that after an hour and a half, I had only managed to paint the base coat on the background 3 times (each area must be painted 3xs to go thru the firing process...I'm sure there's a blog post/God lesson in that LOL!). We went back another night and after another 2 hours, my friend was done and I still had 2 more coats to go. A third trip and 3+ hours later, I'm done - and can't wait to see the final product tonight. But what I discovered in each of those trips was that I had to so concentrate on delicately painting all the nooks and crannies that my mind was relieved of all the pressures and stresses. It was great therapy! The packing is still getting done, and God found me a place to go so those hours didn't "mess up" the bigger picture - if anything, it gave me downtime needed to hit the lists anew :) Blessings to you as you start a new chapter!! (Oh-and last night in packing I found tucked away in a drawer a counted cross stitch I started years ago and never finished...guess what my next stress-busting project will be LOL??)

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    1. I agree, it is a great way to be so consumed with the creative process that you have to forget about the tough situation or job for at least a little while. I saw the pic of your cross on FB and it is gorgeous...perfect for your new home!
      Thanks for coming by!

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  3. I do exactly the same thing all the time. Although, I haven't tried the flip-flop craft. I have to do that. Plus, I have all these kids to do it for! They will love it. Thanks. :)

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    1. Hi Kiddo, thanks for coming by! it is a cute idea isn't it? I'm sure your girls will love it!

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  4. You are most certainly not alone. Any means of relieving stress is acceptable. Any time of day is also acceptable. If businesses (and employers) would drop this ridiculous shoes and shirt rule, I'd be one happy camper.

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    1. Ha! One of the perks of working from home...well I still keep a shirt on, but no shoes ever.

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  5. I can really relate to this - it seems like when I have the most to do is when I start tackling projects like the ones you mentioned. Your new flip-flops look a lot more comfortable than the old ones! Cuter, too!

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