Saturday, August 28, 2010

21 {son} salute

So how are y'all doin'?!?  Hopefully you're well and have been up to much the same things I've been recently: 

*Enjoying wonderful visits with family and friends (who live over 1,000 miles away...LOTSA driving involved, but soooo worth it)

*Spending time in the sunshine (taking the kids to the beach and watching them surf, collect shells, play in the water, and get buried in the sand)

*Catching up on some reading (for pleasure)

*Trying something new (like making homemade yogurt and butter --good stuff!)

*Getting prepared for the new school year (we began last week) 

Cliche as it is, time really does fly when you're having fun (and actually, the older I get, the more I realize it passes just as quickly even when you're not...well, almost as quickly -lol) --I can't believe it's been over two months since I last posted! 

But with summer pretty much behind us now (all except the high temps), things are about to settle into more of a routine for us and so I hope I can find a way to fit in some scheduled crafty time for mysellf.  Not sure why, but summer isn't as carefree for me as I always think it will be, although I kinda suspect it has a lot to do with my time management.  Nothing on schedule means it's not as likely to get done.  I'm a planner...the type that needs to have a "To Do" list so I can refer to it and check things off as I go...waking with a sense of direction for my day.  If not, well, I'm just not as productive as I should be and really WANT/NEED to be.  So...I think that should definitely be one of my current goals (sadly, I've been saying that for several years now but I haven't quite gotten a handle on it).  I can already identify some problem areas ...sleeping habits, telephone and computer time, etc.... but I'd really appreciate it if any of you would share some of your best tips as to how you manage your time/productivity!   

Anyway, I hope you've been stamping a LOT more than I have.  I've really missed blogging (both posting and blurfing) and stamping.... 

Well, today is my middle son's 21st birthday.  And knowing that I couldn't not make him a card to mark this special occasion (despite the fact that he's the one who usually tosses the cards shortly after receiving them), I put it on the calendar last weekend to make his card and this is what I came up with:
Since he's my blonde-haired, blue-eyed, California surfer boy (man?), I chose this paper because it reminded me of the ocean waves and his carefree style.  He's always got a smile on his face and is bubbling over with fun and enthusiasm --he's always been that way and it's one of my favorite things about him.  Knowing where this card was headed, I kept it rather simple.  I still had some fun with it by using Mercy Kerin's sketch from last week and tried to mimic the circles/dots within the wavy lines of the background paper by adding some of that detail to the focal circle.  The "21" was stamped on cardstock with VersaMark, then coated with a few layers of clear embossing powder, cut out, and mounted with dimensional foam tape.  He claimed to like it. ;)

Don't forget to leave me a comment with some of the ways you've found to make your time management more successful --thanks!

And thanks so much for the visit, and I hope we'll both be back again soon -lol!  Until then, many blessings to you!

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

Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper:  "Archaic" 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Large Friendship Alphabet (CTMH), Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)

Ink:  Chocolate (CTMH), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Classic Circles Small and Large, Classic Paisley (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Tiny Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge, micro-tip scissors (CTMH), grosgrain ribbon, twine button (Papertrey Ink), ric rac (craft supply), foam mounting tape


Sharli said...

Hello Christie!!! Oh what a wonderful card!!!! WOWIE! Your mojo hasn't been missing, I can see that! Or if it has, it certainly has come back full force!

Time management? Hmmm. I think I'm not the best person to answer this question. (tee,hee) I waste a lot of time visiting blogs and being inspired by real artists like you.

But, if I had to give any tips - it would be to not sit down until I've accomplished my priority list. Then, to set a timer and allow myself play time. I do that pretty regularly. Sometimes the play time is the priority, too. I'm worth it.


Jeanne said...

HI Christi! It's so good to see you post! I've missed you a lot and think of you often, although I've been remiss in emailing you to see how you are doing. I figured you were just busy with summer. *Ü*

Your break from the blogosphere sure hasn't messed with your mojo as the card is beautiful (handsome?)! I think that paper works wonderfully for the feel that you are going for. Cowabunga! LOL

As for time management/productivity tips, I'm not sure I am qualified to give any as it's an area I'm always trying to figure out, but I can tell you that I do the majority of my blog surfing and commenting before my kids get out of bed in the morning. I'm an early riser naturally, so it just works better for me in the early morning. Once they get up and get going, I close out my Reader until I get some free time or the next morning. The past few days I've been going through the Reader and actually started unsubscribing from some blogs so I don't have so many to get through. Blasphemy, I know, but realistic. I also only comment on certain blogs and just read/skim others.

Being that you homeschool, and I don't have that experience, any tips I give may not help, but I work on household stuff while my kids are at school. I'm working on developing and keeping routines loosely following Flylady and other tips I pick up along the way. I subscribe to "organizing" blogs and incorporate ideas I pick up reading those.

I can say that using a timer helps, at least when I was getting started in managing my time better. Setting it for 15 minutes to work on a particular project helped me to see that I could get more done than I previously thought I could in that time period. It helps/helped me focus on that particular task and be more productive.

If you really want to get a better handle on your time and productivity, it will most likely require sitting down and figuring out what all needs to be done in a day, week, month and prioritizing what MUST be done vs the time available to do it. What stuff do you do that is "fluff" and is keeping you from getting things/projects accomplished? If it's being on the computer...limit the time you can be on it, then step away and get going on something that needs to be done. Reward yourself after you do it with a few (15?)minutes reading a blog or something.

Break down the overwhelming feeling tasks to smaller steps so that at the end of the day, maybe you haven't finished the task, but you've definitely done x, y, z towards finishing. That will feel wonderful...I know from experience!

Start small and soon you'll feel like you are getting a handle on a particular area and it does help motivate you to keep going. I know I was completely overwhelmed when I first started wanting to clean my house. There was SO much I wanted to do I was spinning my wheels and not doing anything. But I picked one thing to focus on and devoted time to it and it got done. Then I picked something else I wanted to do and got it done. If I thought about the whole thing, I would be overwhelmed and more than likely gave up even trying.

The two things that helped me the most was figuring out just what I wanted to accomplish (priorities) and get some sort of schedule going on getting it done and using a timer to help me focus.

Hope this helps even a tiny bit!

Patti Gingrich said...

Hi Christi! So good to see you back to posting and to hear that you've enjoyed your summer! Your card is amazing! So many textures! It looks like it would fun to touch. Hee!

Being a mom to four and juggling schedules for six, I'd be lost without my calendar and little notebook for making lists. I'd also be overwhelmed if I didn't delegate.

Each of my children has a "chore" they are responsible for. One vacuums, one sweeps, one handles garbage, one feeds the dogs....even hubby has a designated chore.

My last piece of advice...don't sweat the small stuff. It's ok if your house doesn't look perfect or you cook frozen pizza one night for dinner because the day got away from you. Sometimes more important things come a nice long chat with a friend or girltime with your daughter.

The laundry will wait, so cut yourself some slack. ;)

Jeanette - said...

Beautiful card Christi!! You have been missed :) No ideas on time mgmt, but I will check back to see the ideas of others :) Lot of hugs to you!

Barb said...

Your card is perfect. You did an awesome job!

As for time management...I was so much better at it when we homeschooled. Now...I just sort of drift through the day. I do make a mental list of things that have to be done each day. And I have certain days for doing laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, the oven, etc. and I stick to that. I used to have a schedule for crafting, but since the girls are gone during the day, I don't adhere to that any more. I think Jeanne's book she wrote up there, *LOL* probably gave you many ideas!

Glad to see you posting, my dear.