Biggest Challenge

My Biggest Challenge


Dear Fellow Crafters,

     My challenge this month is organizing my editorial calendar for my blogs. I try and maintain a schedule for writing at least a month in advance with topics I chose in December. However, the summer in New England this year was beyond hot! I know “no excuses” – but gee whiz – it felt like over 100 most days. Who feels like writing when it is so hot? I haven’t figured this out yet so I need some advice –

How do you tackle your blog posts?

Thanks in advance,

~Sallie

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Biggest Challenge

Finding time to craft

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Your favorite activity (sewing, card making, painting etc.) may be vital for feeding your mind, creativity and soul.

Why don’t people make “me time” a reality? I think that some may feel guilty or selfish if they take time away from family and friends. The reality is that while everyone is worthy of care and attention, the primary care-giver needs time to refresh, re-focus and re-charge. Lack of time for ourselves leaves us frustrated, overwhelmed and out of balance.

Here are some tried and true methods that I have used over the years. I hope they help you.

  • Learn to say “no” to requests to do things you don’t necessarily like to do. I once stopped participating in a club because I no longer was committed to the vision of the club and felt that the meetings were boring. When I started wishing I was home crafting, I left and found more productive time for me.
  • Create a daily ritual. This can be taking a bath, listening to music, reading, adult coloring, mediating – in short, anything that you can do alone. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel.
  • Arrange a recurring craft night. This activity seems to be catching on in my area. Knitting clubs and crafting nights have been popping up since last winter. The library even offers an adult coloring session one night a week.  The nice thing is that friends can gather and not only work on their preferred activity but can share their talents with others. One of the books I read for our Book Chat is The Healing Quilt. It tells the story of a group of friends who created a quilt to raise money for a mammogram machine for their local hospital.
  • Work on your craft during other activities. You can color images for cards or knit while watching TV or on your lunch break at work.
  • Schedule time on your calendar. If you put the activity in writing, you will likely follow through.
  • Share time with your child. Set up a table and chair next to your crafting space. Your daughter can color or your son can build a lego city next to you.
  • Keep your space up, ready to go.
  • Keep your inspiration in sight. I keep the craft magazine open on my desk.
  • Pick up as you craft. We all learned, at our Mother’s knee, to clean and pick up while working in the kitchen. The same goes for our craft area. Why spend an hour of your precious time cleaning?
  • Break your project into small steps. You can die cut all the parts for a card, color a page, trim a photo the first day. Then continue the process the next day.
  • Have spare supplies. This way you don’t have to stop the project all together to go to the store.
  • Give yourself permission to work the way you want to. Don’t feel guilty about not finishing projects or starting new ones while the older ones are languishing.
  • Don’t walk into your craft space feeling that “you’ve only got 15 minutes to_____”, think ” I have 15 minutes to ___for me!!”

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Biggest Challenge

My biggest challenge

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I write a lot about organizing craft products (die cuts, markers, ink pads etc.) and I have written about craft rooms and other craft organizers, but these days, my biggest challenge is how to organize all the posts I want to write about.

My past approach was to sit down with a pocket calendar and plot out the month of Wednesdays and Fridays with topics and scribblings (now Fridays with Sallie). My problems started when I would research a topic or write from a prompt in a notebook. I would put the notebook down along with the research material and forget where I put them! (A common problem when you get older!) I once “lost” an entire month of scribblings and had to start from scratch.

Finally, I got smart at least for now. My solution(s) was to write in 2 notebooks – one labeled “Creativity and Scribblings” and the other “Ideas for Posts.” This time I wrote the full date on the page such as 3/2/16 rather than just 3/2.  I tend to write out my thoughts in long-hand, then type onto my blog. I know it’s double-work, but I can edit better. (Maybe it stems from all those years as a teacher, when we didn’t have internet.)

The pocket calendar is still working and is easy to tote especially since its cover is very colorful. I purchase 3 of them in early December (one for personal info, one for Uniquelyyourscraftjournal.com  and one for this blog. I bought them from Current. I’m still trying to figure out how to organize my research items. I welcome any suggestions! Please use the comment box at the end of this post.

Thanks in advance,

~Sallie