Posts Tagged ‘time management’

So I did not finish my Christmas ornaments to submit to Somerset Studio. I realized there was simply no way I could get them done in time to get them to California by the 15th. I did not manage my time well, and I worked on other things when I should have been working on my ornaments. oh well. I’m disappointed, but I will finish them and save them for next year instead. I really like how they are coming along…what do you think?

pink&glitter ornaments

deck the halls

pink cheer

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Oh! Do not attack me with your watch! A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch. – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

I’ve come to the realization that when I am making a project that has to be done by a certain date, as for a birthday or anniversary present, or a magazine submission, I won’t finish the project until the day before or the day that it needs to be done. This has been true 90% of the time. And it doesn’t seem to matter how far in advance I start. I started the book for my in-laws anniversary in the middle of February, and still did not finish until 1 o’clock in the morning the day of the party. I started the Mother’s Day bookmarks on the Wednesday before and I finished the last one on Mother’s Day. Same goes for the Mother’s Day cards I made. Apparently, unless I start a project six months before it needs to be done, (and I certainly am not organized enough to think that far into the future!) I think this is the way it will have to be. Everything always takes much longer than I think it will, even when I specifically allot more time for that very reason.

My mom’s 60th birthday is this year, in October. Of course I am going to make her a special gift – I have a vague idea of a necklace in mind. I am going to start it in June. Other than having decided that I am going to use some beautiful lampwork beads (which I have yet to purchase) I don’t know exactly how I’m going to make the necklace. I will however try to design something that can actually be finished in the allotted time without my having to stay up past midnight for two weeks before the party to get it done in time. So we’ll see how that goes.

Here is the Mother’s Day bookmark I made for myself. I kind of messed up with cutting the bookmarks out and I didn’t leave quite enough room for this one to be the proper width. The background words are supposed to go all the way to the edge. When I realized I had messed up my first thought was to not bother making it. But I rarely make anything for myself these days, so I decided to just do it anyway.

Mother\'s Day Bookmark

The ribbons are from Joggles. They are simply divine! I have to buy some more. I think these were from the Special Effects collections.

And here is one of the finished invitations for Lily’s birthday party.

Birthday Invitation

Birthday Party Invitation

I think they turned out cute.

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I’ve spent a good portion of my free time over the past two weeks working
on updating my website – I added two new pieces, put another older piece
in the limelight section, and added two more entries to my beading
dictionary. Doesn’t sound like much – until you factor in scanning or
photographing the pieces, formatting the pictures, making new pages, taking many measurements of each piece, adding all the necessary links,
photographing the beads for my new dictionary entries and formatting those photographs, and writing descriptions. I’ve stayed up late and used my free time on the weekends. I think from now on I will start working on my next updates at least a month in advance. And now I can’t even publish the changes because I keep getting an error message when I try. I have my IT guy working on it (in other words, my husband), so hopefully that will be resolved soon.

I’ve also been frustrated with the lack of beadwork getting done on
Saturdays – I’ve been able to bead on only one Saturday night so far this
year. At this rate it’s going to take five years to get my green carnelian
finished. Since having Lily, I am willing to sacrifice many things for
her. Money of course, and I generally am in charge of her when I’m not at
work. I wait until she’s napping to get chores done. I buy healthful,
nutritious food for her and spend a lot of time preparing it. I do all of
the shopping for her. However, the lack of time to indulge in my creative
endeavors is frustrating to me in the extreme. I guess I need to accept the fact that I only have so much time and just make the best of it.

The re-organization of my workspace/studio is almost complete. This is something else that I have spent the past two weeks working on. But it looks and feels so much better now – neater, more organized, no clutter – I really love it. The only thing is my new table is about 5 inches higher
than my old table and I need a new chair. I just have a folding chair, and
it’s too low now. I hope I can find one that’s not too expensive. I have no idea how much chairs cost.

On the creative front, I’m about to embark on a Top Secret Mission – I
cannot at this time divulge the details. Let’s just say that I’ve
purchased the necessary supplies, I’ve given myself plenty of time to
finish this particular project in time for a certain occasion, and I’m
eager to get started.

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This is a picture frame that was intended as a Christmas gift for someone. Due to a lack of foresight and poor time management skills, it was not finished in time. It is still unfinished at this moment.


It started as a plain frame that I purchased at AC Moore. I then covered it with a layer of gesso. (Gesso is very popular right now. All the artists in Somerset Studio use it, so I thought I should buy some. I’m not entirely sure what exactly one is supposed to do with it, but I feel more sophisticated using it.)

So there’s the layer of gesso, and then I put on two coats of Folk Art Alizarin Crimson. Now I’m covering the entire frame with torn pieces of scrapbook paper. Why did I then bother to paint the frame? I might leave spaces bare here and there, so I wanted to make sure the frame was painted.

I also printed out a bunch of phrases on a piece of vellum, which I would like to incorporate somehow. And of course there are the rhinestones, charms, and ribbon that I would like to add. I don’t want to go crazy, though. A few well-placed embellishments, just to add some interest and texture.

Oh yes, there is a picture too. I am designing this frame to go with a certain picture. I have the picture ready; I played with it a bit in Photoshop and printed it onto white cardstock. I might redo it, though – I think the colors might need a bit more oomph in order to hold their own against the frame. But I will wait until I finish the frame to make that decision.

This is the first time I’ve done anything like this, so I think it looks pretty good so far.

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I concede. There is absolutely no way I can possibly get everything done that I wanted to do for Christmas. Oh, I started out with grandiose plans and determined attempts at organization. I shall handcraft vintage-inspired paper ornaments to hang on the tree! I will make beautiful holiday greeting cards embellished with stickers, glitter and rhinestones! I will make not only gift bags, but gift boxes for all as well, each one unique! My handbag shall overfloweth with lists, timelines, and organizational spreadsheets!

Then, finally, 72 hours before zero hour, reality manages to clear a path in my brain. And I must admit defeat. How did this happen? It’s not like I’ve been sitting around doing nothing all these weeks.

Handmade Christmas cards? Forget about it. Embellished gift boxes for gift cards? No way – I simply don’t have the time to make enough. And the ones I’ve finished I need to use for jewelry gifts.

And don’t even get me started about all the cleaning that needs to be done for our annual Christmas Eve Bash.


May the spirits of Christmas have mercy on my soul.

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