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Endless Lists

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of an artisan. Take a look over my shoulder for a glimpse into my world.

Here it is June already. For some people it means summertime and all the activities that the warm weather brings. However, for me it means something entirely different.

Today in south Florida it was in the 90’s, yet my mind was on santas and snowmen. As a designer and creator my mind is always racing with thoughts and ideas for upcoming seasons.

This time of year, I’m focused on fall and winter shows, what and when to place on my website, and stay sane. For many years I’ve wanted to have Christmas in July with a bit of Americana, as it looks, this will be the year. 

I have to say that this excites me and terrifies me at the same time. 

Maybe you are wondering how I can be excited and terrified at the same time. Quite easily. Due to circumstances beyond my control, it looks like Christmas and autumn items will be arriving in August.

Now if you could peek over my shoulder, you will see the lists I’ve created to keep myself focused and on task. 

To my benefit, some items are finished and ready to go, which I am forever grateful for a head start.

Take A Peek Over My Shoulder and A Look At My Lists

  • Christmas in July – When, What ( August)
  • Supplies needed, Focus colors
  • Schedule of projects in order and steps
  • Patterns to draw up
  • Cut out: santas, snowmen, angels
  • Trim Stitcheries, Pillows
  • Sewing Machine
  • Hand Work
  • Stuffing
  • Finishing Details
  • Paper Mache: make forms, base layer, forming the bodies
  • Painting
  • Sanding
  • Staining
  • Framing
  • Gluing
  • Writing descriptions
  • Photos of finished items

And then, at the same time there is a list of must do’s for the website and blog stories. As for me I thrive on focused dates and events, however there is one bad habit I have, starting more than I can finish. (Also known as a head start for the next season, lol.)

For some people this list may be overwhelming (at times it is for me) however, having projects broken down into tasks helps me plan my working time.

By that I mean setting up and completing a step all at once.

For example: Painting area – ready for frames, painting paper mache and anything else needing paint. This way everything gets finished in one big chunk of time. Not to mention, the benefits of keeping sewing and cutting out things away from paints.

As for tonight, I have always been a night owl. That’s when my creative juices seem to flow. Perhaps it’s the quiet. Knowing the phone will not be ringing. Nobody will come to the door. No meals to fix. 

My solitude happens to come in the night season. As for tonight, a cup of tea, warm socks, along with Spotify playing in the background, make for a perfect setting for drawing up some new patterns. In the morning I can pin and cut them out while nursing my morning espresso blend coffee.

How do you plan ahead for the seasons? Share your thoughts below.

Good Night Y’all

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