And when I say we, I of course, mean me. You are all doing just fine with your New Year's lists, I am sure.
One of the things I'm attempting to do this year is schedule consistent work time for myself within the family calendar. I've never done this before. I've always just worked between it all (as mothers do).
When we started homeschooling this year, my belief was that in order for me to provide the best experience for my daughter, I would not be focusing on earning any income. I stood pretty firm about that. My job with her is full time, I couldn't really see being responsible for finances too. Ha! And what economy exactly did I think I was living in when I took that idealistic stance? Me and my silly ideas...
More important than the bank account, I am missing out on spending time on some of the work I love to do. Opportunities that should be taken, not allowed to slip through my "too busy right now" fingers.
Inspiration for a studio overhaul struck on New Year's Day. Time slots have been secured throughout the week for me to go into this room, close the door, and produce (in a variety of forms). Work was to begin precisely at 5:00 Monday evening. I knew the first few work days would be of the housekeeping sort, finishing the details of setting up this space.
Oh, there was work alright... only it wasn't the work of filling those (still empty) shelves you see in the first photo. As I opened boxes and baskets of fabric that have been in storage for too long, something other than myself seemed to take control.
Before I knew what was happening, fabrics were being cut and sewn, trim was being chosen and applied, linen was ironed and used as backing.
The shelves are still empty, but a new table scarf was born! (Or is is a table runner? I kind of like table scarf.) I think it was important motivation for me, not worrying about the room being perfectly set up and 'ready' to go... but to just get in there and make something.
I will get to those boxes at some point, but I can't promise there won't be a little making (of the sewn, painted or written variety) before all is said and done. I do think things will be spruced up enough though to show you around the room, say Monday or Tuesday? Okay then, it's a plan...
Yes, I've decided, we are indeed off to a very good start.