Wednesday, May 31, 2006

rambling post



so I've been reading everywhere lately about how stretched of time everyone seems to be and how they wish they could give back more to this wonderful blogging community. Also about the quality of their blogging and consequently on tips about blog writing. These, I think, are common worries for any blogger/crafter ... Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have more than 24-hour days to make all those projects we have popping inside our heads and never seem to get around to actually doing ? Back in January I planned so many projects for this year, but now I can't believe it's (almost) June and so little has been accomplished. I'm still behind on my orders (sorry guys, I'm trying ...) and the shop updates have been irregular to say the least. Sometimes there's so little time that blogging seems to be more about showing photos than actually writing something meaningful.



And then there's blog reading, which is something that seems to be taking much more of my time than it used to, especially since discovering this immense crafty blogsphere. Which leads me to my next question, why do we read the blogs that we do ? Before bloglines I really didn't have a very efficient way of tracking which blogs to keep up with so I'd just rely on my side bar links and start clicking whenever I had a bit of free time. Now I have it somewhat organised and try to read the updates at least once a day (ok, so sometimes I only glance at the photos, but most times I actually read every post). My organization is very basic, and goes in the lines of: daily reads, meaning close friends, crafty or not, that I like to keep up with, share gossip or just silly comments about everyday stuff; inspiration, all those wonderful crafty blogs that keep me inspired and that allowed me to know such amazing people; knitting fever, for those knitting blogs that motivate me to continue my own; and flickr photo pools, for photo inspiration. And I currently have 133 feeds on my list, which is pretty close to what I can handle these days without getting overboard *sigh*. Like most people, I do have a 9 to 6 job (quite non crafty related) so it's a tough challenge to try and balance whatever free time I have most days.
So what I'm trying to say is, I'm probably going to take things a bit slower from now on. Apparently there's a good chance we'll actually move to the new appartment this summer (cross your fingers) so I'll be busy painting walls and decorating soon. If you don't see new posts for a few days, don't worry, I'm just taking a break :-)

And now for the crafty bit of this post: those fabrics scraps are part of the package that Blair generously sent me. Lovely tiny bits of fabric, and I already have plans for a few of them. The neat cardboard boxes are my attempt to organise the fabric stash that's been piling all these months. I've organised them by color, seems to work better for me this way, and attached some handmade labels to know what's inside.

all this talk about time just reminded me of that cool time turner gadget that Hermione had on one of the HP books. Anyone knows where I can buy one ? that would actually work, of course ...
 

15 comments:

fantasma said...

A time turner thingy would be really helpful sometimes.
And I understand what you say, even if I'm not a "crafty person" myself, and having *only* 36 feeds in bloglines, sometimes I think it's too much and when I find something that interests me I just run and try to forget it!! :o)

I hope you have your house soooon!

syrin said...

I only have 27 feeds on bloglines, so I can still manage it
(and during the day I actually have time to read through all that!) But bloglines really is an efficient way to find updates, and I'm glad I'm using it too!

I hope you have your house soon, too! And if you need any help with painting... well, I'm too far away, but it's the thought that counts, right? :P

blair said...

Wow, how pretty you make little scraps of fabric! I hope you have fun with them. : )

Patricia said...

I was just thinking about this TODAY... Blogging is a pretty new thing to me, but I already feel like it takes a lot of time everyday to keep it going and to follow blogs you like. I think that from time to time it's natural to stop doing something in order to have some other things done. Hermione gadget would be great and would be a favorite for working-during-the-day-crafting-whenever-have-time people. Like us... Hope you don't get away for THAT long, since I'm becaming a fan...

Irene said...

Amava ter um dispositivo qualquer que tornasse os dias maiores, temos também de pensar nas consequências disso, tal como aconteceu à Hermione arranjariamos mais e mais para fazer e acabariamos extremamente cansados.
Eu não tenho um emprego das 9 as 18, mas tenho a faculdade que a maioria dos dias ocupa mais tempo que isso, porque há sempre que estudar e fazer trabalhos. Também gosto de fazer as minhas coisinhas, ou de às vezes simplesmente sentar-me a ver uma boa série na TV para relaxar ao fim de um dia que foi uma correria e que me deixa aborrecida porque tinha mil coisas para fazer e nem metade fiz.
Espero que as coisinhas com a casa nova corram bem. Depois tens de me dar a morada para te mandar umas coisitas de vez enquando.
Amo tecidos, tecidos e mais tecidos :D. É bom ter ideias a fermentar na cabeça, a vontade de fazer a tal coisa que estamos a elaborar dentro da cabeça.

Irene said...

Se precisares de mais um par de mãos na mudança diz.

tania said...

oh i feel the same!
thanks for putting it into words.
fingers crossed on the new place!

Fiona said...

I think taking it easy on ourselves is a really good idea! Good luck with all that you have planned - especially the house! :)

Hanna said...

oh, the fabric! I love them all, but specially the kitten one. Just fabric-magic!

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