Hey there! It’s Twisted Cards sketch time again from Twisted Sketches! You can see the sketch and the cards from the rest of the design team here.
In the honor of Valentine’s Day, the twist this week is “heart”.
I almost forgot about adding the “heart” twist until I was basically done with my card, so I sneaked in the little heart pins to add a little heart-y love to my card.
I decided I’d do a double whammy and make this card for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday series which features cards made with the Go-To Sentiments technique.
It’s a busy Saturday here.
crafting???? One can only hope!
I love this….
I’m feeling like I haven’t had enough time lately to let my art wash the dust from my soul, if you know what I mean. Lately it seems like once I’ve gotten everything done, or attempted to, that there just hasn’t been enough time to immerse myself in my art. Seems like there just hasn’t been enough hours in my day. Each day my to-do list is long, and so is my list of creative projects I’d love to tackle. Which comes first? Maybe I just need to get better at time management.
How about you? How do you carve out the time you need to nourish your creative side? At times I feel like my head is exploding with ideas I’d like to implement, and then I look at my list of things to accomplish that day and feel deflated because I know those ideas will have to wait for a while.
I have plans. Plans for my Etsy shop. Plans for this blog. Plans for lots of things. I’m wondering how others do it. I look at other moms with kids who are successful at managing their families, a small business, work, house, etc, etc, and still have the time to look fabulous on top of it. How do they do it all? Is there a secret to all this that I don’t know?
Tell me I’m not alone in this quest for more hours in my day, although I know that God in his infinite wisdom gave us all 24 hours with which to accomplish everything in a day’s time. Cut back on something? But what? Cooking, cleaning, taking care of household responsibilities? No. Making sure my family has all their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs met? No. (if anything I need to spend more time doing that). Spending time with my Lord every day? No. (again, I need to dedicate more time to that. Certainly not less). Teaching my daughter? No. Exercising? Um, I don’t really do that now, so I can’t really cut that out. Although I’d love to carve out a bit of time for that too. Somehow.
I have come to the conclusion that I just need to figure out how to work faster. Yup, that’s it. Stay focused. Don’t get side tracked. In fact, my one little word for this year is “focus”. I think I kind of lost sight of that. I lost my focus on focusing. I have a nasty habit of being in the middle of doing something and then being distracted by something entirely different. Be it the email that I just have to check. The phone call I need to take. Or a million other little things that sneak in and steal minutes at a time without me realizing it. Minutes add up and I don’t want to waste minutes because then I don’t have the time for the soul nourishment that I so desperately need. That and just realizing that I can’t always do it all. Sometimes it’s OK to leave the house a mess for a bit longer and just sit down for a few minutes to create something beautiful.
I was created to be creative, and I need to take the time to do it. Somehow.
So anyway, I’m not sure if this post was meant to be encouraging or not. Maybe I just need to get it out. to think out loud. Do you have some great ways you manage to carve out some time to nourish your creative self? I believe it’s important. Creativity is a powerful thing. It allows us to express ourselves in a way that words can’t. It allows us to escape the mundane of the every day for a while and refresh our minds and spirits. I need that.
Anyway, I’m going to go finish up some chores now. I’ve been distracted by my thoughts on distractions long enough!
I hope you all have an incredibly wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by, and if you actually read all my ramblings, well, bless you! I hope it made sense!