Monday, April 27, 2009

{joy} for mourning


****Whiner Alert****
The last several weeks have been such a struggle for me --mostly battling with our two youngest over school work, even having to spend much of our last three weekends prepping for the state test or finishing up regular assignments because of it, has kinda zapped my creativity along with most of the time I'd have had to play with my stamps. At least the testing is behind us and kids said they felt over-prepared (if there is such a thing). I'm reserving judgment, though, until the test results have come back. ;)

So as I do my best to plug along in our routine, trying hard to keep silent my longing for our summer break to begin and an upbeat attitude while doing it, my list of cards to make is getting longer by the week (and I think you all know I am not known for being able to produce a card in a reasonable amount of time). Not usually one to let stress get the better of me and determined to persevere...

despite the gloomy weather we've been having more often than not...

despite the fact that the kids seem to be more in need of a break than I am (can that be possible???)...

despite the fact that I couldn't leave well enough alone and ended up cutting on my hair yet another time {or two}, which I should already know better, but especially so when having issues in other areas of life (and yes, I realize I need to hide the scissors from myself, especially when I'm in this frame of mind! And no, I don't have any pics to share with you yet...sorry guys...but honestly, you're not missing anything -lol), and...

despite the fact that my mojo seems to have taken an extended {and unauthorized!} leave of absence (of course with all that's been going on here lately, I'm not surprised ol' Mojo got up and left Dodge --perhaps it thought I'd cut its hair off too! lol-- and, call me a bad mommy, but even as much as I love my kids, I'd have been sorely tempted to hitch a ride outta town with it if I'd have known the departure time -lol), I thought a little stamping therapy would be a good idea. I went ahead and made this sympathy card (that should've been sent out literally two months ago).
I've only made a small handful of sympathy cards, and I still don't feel comfortable with them, so I'll just go ahead and count my avoidance of them as Strike One (or is that Strike Five? lol). However, I thought that the pretty sketch and beautiful Scripture would tip the scale enough to outweigh the negative. The sentiment is Isaiah 61:3 from Verve, as is the older sketch I used: In hindsight, I think my attempt here was the source of a little more frustration, as it didn't come together like I'd hoped. In fact, so much so that it hasn't made its way into an envelope yet, but it's growing on me the more I look at it. (If you're reading this and I owe you a card, please forgive my slowness...it's not because I've forgotten about you. Truly. I'm working on it....) I love the color combo and the patterned papers here, but after putting it all together I realized (too late, of course) that it really could have used some piercing or stitching --or something-- on the upper and lower left panels. ;C Oh, Mojo, oh, Mojo, where for art thou, oh, Mojo? Mother's Day is right around the corner, and I really NEED you!! (Not kidding here. lol)

This weekend my hubby is tagging along with our 11-YO son on his first Scout campout (assuming it isn't postponed again due to bad weather), so on Saturday Chloe and I plan to have an {uninterrupted} marathon day of eating junk food, watching movies, and stamping to our hearts' content. I sure hope my mojo returns in time to join us...if so, I know it'll be a LOT more fun (no offense, Chloe -lol)...pulling supplies out, staring at them, waiting for something to inspire me, and then, having out of time, putting them all back {again} with nothing to show for all my brain strain is getting depressing! UGH! I'm assuming that other people know what I'm talking about...hope I'm not alone in this anyway...so when that happens, What do you guys do to get out of your creative slump?

On a more positive note, my parents are coming for a visit next week so even though the kids let me know they weren't happy with my decision to postpone our "Spring Break" by more than a month after the schools around here had theirs, it will definitely be worth the wait! We girls have been saving our pennies and gift cards and will be taking a day to do some shopping at the {relatively} nearby Michael's (not the typical Michael's, but rather the newer, more complete and totally budget-breaking and drool-worthy concept store variety) and maybe even squeeze in a stop at Archiver's (if anyone has any money left -lol). Yep, even if my mojo hasn't returned, next week should be more than enough to put a big smile back on my face...I'm so looking forward to it! I'm also hoping the sun will once again be shining brightly and spring will be in full bloom to greet my parents. ;)

I hope you're having a good week and really appreciate your stopping by to visit (even when I whine...though I did try to warn you -lol), and I hope I'll have something more inspiring to share with you soon. Until then, many blessings to you!


Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Colonial White, Garden Green (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Wild Asparagus "Baby Girl" Floral, Dots (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Isaiah 61:3, Serenity (Verve); Ink: Garden Green (CTMH); Other: Simple Scallop border punch (Martha Stewart), pinkish sparkly dark ribbon (American Crafts), peach organdy ribbon (thanks, Mom!), adhesive-backed pearls (Joy! Crafts), foam mounting tape

9 comments:

Marie said...

What are you talking about, girl? The card is simply beautiful. There's no lack of mojo there, for sure!
Once the two of us are no longer counting pennies we will need to plan a scrap weekend...I'm looking forward to meeting you in person so some of your, um lack of mojo (ha!) can rub off on me!!!

Pat said...

Oh, that is so beautiful -- and overflowing with soft comfort. A GREAT sympathy card. I love it!

papercraftsbyrach said...

love your card, think that it looks beautiful. i can't make sympathy cards i find them sooo hard to do. yours is soft and delicate a perfect card.. though it doesn't look like your mojo has gone on walkabouts to me i hope that you feel better soon and can get your head around things.. good luck with the test results for the kids..i don't ever think that you can be over prepared.. you are just being a good mum,
hugs rachxx

June Houck said...

Hi Christi,

I am coming out of that creative block myself. What works for me is cleaning up my craft room. I AM very organized, but I sometimes create "piles" of started projects. I go through and finish them OR if I m no longer inspired, put the materials away. If I have no "piles" and no mojo, then I go "shopping in my craft room." I.e. I go through all my stamps, papers, and even embellishments looking for something that inspires me. Because even though I think I remember what I own, I do forget about some stamp or paper that I wanted to use at one time. I just did this yesterday...and I really SHOULD be doing a gazillion other things...don't have time for this...but it rejuvenates my soul. You NEED to take care of YOU too :)

I hope this is helpful to you.
I have had your blog bookmarked for about a year now. I am intimidated by technology, and this week I finally figured out how to follow on my blogger dashboard...its okay, you can laugh at me :) I now am following all 100+ of my favorites (that includes you)that I used to have to click from bookmarked favorites. The list got so long that I have not checked the vast majority in MONTHS.

The dashboard saves me so much time. I only see what has been updated...hooray! I hope this dashboard will help me have time to leave comments more often :)

Sue C said...

Hi Christi! I wish I could make a card this pretty when MY mojo's AWOL! Truly lovely...
I know what you mean about the creative slump thing and how depressing it gets staring at your "stuff" for two hours and walking away...
When I'm getting rid of magazines, catalogs, etc., I go through and clip out patterned paper pics, color combos, card ideas, etc., and paste them into an inspiration notebook. when my mojo's slumping, I go through it to see what strikes me. I usually find SOMEthing! I find that cruising through stores to see what's new (even if I don't buy anything) usually sparks a thought like "I wonder if I could duplicate that" (as opposed to buying it). I also save pics of ideas from blogs (saved this one, as a matter of fact!)to an "inspiration" folder on my desktop and look through it, as well. Just a couple of ideas!
Hope your mojo hurries home (I think it snuck back already, and you just haven't noticed) and that your life gets less hectic and more serene...

Jeanette - said...

Christi - I think your card is gorgeous and very soft and soothing and peaceful! I hope the test scores are great (sounds like they will be :) and that you have a wonderful and relaxing spring break!

Hugs,
Jeanette

Jeanne said...

Oh my heavens, Christi! If I could create something so beautiful when my mojo has up and left, I'd be a happy woman!

It sounds to me like you are overdue for a nice break. You are being way too hard on yourself! You do the best you can with the time you have and let go of guilt or whatever. Life's way too short to worry about it. (I know, easier said than done).

Cleaning up my space helps sometimes when I am mojo less, as does scrolling through my starred items in my Reader. Sometimes though, I need to work on something really different (kind of a step back and distract myself) and the mojo returns.

I hope you have a fabulous time when your folks come! And try not to worry too much about the weather...they'll enjoy themselves because you are together, not if it's sunny or raining...

Hugs to you!

Patti Gingrich said...

I wish I could offer you some advice, but I'm in the biggest papercrafting slump I've been in in a while. I want to stamp! I just can't seem to focus on it. I have all kinds of projects in my mind, but I can't seem to get them out and onto paper.

I'm sure you'll feel more like stamping once you have more down time. At least that's what I keep telling myself. ;)

Your sympathy care sure is lovely!

Barb said...

Hey Christi,
As a former home schooling mom, I can identify with what you're feeling. Is it possible to attend a Women's Retreat with your church? Those always refreshed me.

As for your Mojo, I find that mine takes a vacation when I really need to be focusing on something else. Once that something else is handled, Mojo comes back. That said, I think your card is lovely. I love everything about it and I am sure the recipient will too. Whenever it arrives. :-)

Hugs,
Barb