Hooray! School’s out for SUMMER! I’ve had a tough time of it this Spring, with the stress and upheaval that’s been happening at my university. The end result is that some professors retired earlier, some left for new ventures, and 12 non-tenure track folk have been told that their contracts (which are either 1,2, or 3 years, depending upon where they are in the review cycle) will not be renewed…it’s a bit gentler than being fired, but at the same time it is being fired, if you get my drift. It means that they have 1, 2 or possibly 3 job cycles to find a new gig. We all again do not get a raise (except for the raise in insurance premiums we have to pay, so it’s actually a bit of a decrease), so the bits of money that Candied Fabrics brings in become all the more important to my family.
SO, let’s take a look at how I did:
|Going Green Journals||5/7/10||100%|
|Little Wallets for Spring Shows||5/7/10||100%|
|5 new convertible clutches||5/7/10||100%|
|30 Going Green Totes for Merle||5/16/10||100%|
|Mod House Ornaments Article due||5/20/10||100%
|Flute Messenger Bag for Allison||5/31/10||0%|
|Travel bag for Catherine||5/31/10||0%|
|Bag for Julie Cary’s mom||5/31/10||0%|
|Little Wallet Tutorial (poor little ignored thing!)||5/31/10||0%|
|Artists for a Cause Website||6/10/10||75%|
I didn’t get any to more of my commission bags – it takes a certain kind of energy to get those started, especially the completely custom flute messenger bag – I’ve gotta redo all the measurements for that one. What I did get started on is part of my plan to “take over the world” 😉 I’ve really enjoyed having the control I have with my site being a self-hosted wordpress site, and totally understand how stymied folks can be at the beginning of trying to figure out how to have a website, so I’ve decided to start designing and hosting websites for some local folk who need this kind of help. If I still love website design at the end of the ones I’ve got planned, I may go on and offer my help to other folks. Am I gonna stop making my art? NO! But I love the powerful feeling of making sites go, and having projects to work on allow me to more fully understand this whole magical universe that is the interwebs.
So it begins. I know that many folks who read my lists get a bit stressed out, or scratch their heads, or think I’m a nutbar. But after living with myself for 44 years (!) I’ve learned that if left to my own devices, I start to freak out if I don’t have things to DO lined up (hubby calls it the “it’s Friday night, oh NO the weekend’s over” syndrome). Vacation for me = a cleanish house with time to make, and lots of ideas of things to make! In the past, I’ve come upon some free time and freaked out because I didn’t know what to do with it, so these lists help with that immensely. I’ve gotta have a big plan for the entire summer, and then fill in the deets on my lists.
Things to accomplish this summer:
- Commission Bags
- 5-10 Simply Beautiful Fabric Totes
- 5 each S/M/L totes
- 5 each of Messengers
- 5 each of clutches/grab n’go’s
- Seasonal Trees
- Mod house ornaments
- House inspired 2-d art quilts
- 3-d Birdhouses
- 3-d Rowhouses
- Sites for: AFC, RAA, Liz, Lesley, Vicki
- Simply Beautiful Fabric Totes pattern
- Totes of many pockets pattern
- Messenger bag pattern
- Small bags pattern
- RE-vamp CandiedFabrics.com
- Blinds in Dining and family rooms
- Frame and hang all my art I’ve been buying from fabulous artists!
- New curtains for bedroom
- Chaise quilt for me & Stirling
- Clean, purge, reorganize boys rooms
- Vacation in the Sierras! Woot!
- Movie inspired dinner parties
- Come down out of my studio!
Also, somewhere in there I’ve got come up with a couple of new ideas to submit to magazines…I wanna keep on that roll! I do worry a bit that I’ve got so much stuff planned that I won’t have time for new art to emerge…but I think that the making is what inspires me and sends me off in new directions, so I just have to be open to that muse as I’m making!
I am gonna take some time away from making, my hubby found a very “rustic” cabin for us to rent from June 20-26, (it’s better than camping…and Stirling can come, bonus!). Before we leave I’ve got to switch to a smart phone with email so I don’t have to be out of touch…that is so NOT a vacation to me! (Probably some form of Android – suggestions welcomed!) Here’s what I’m hoping to get done before we head off:
|Flute Messenger Bag for Allison||6/9/10||0%|
|Anita’s Vacation Messenger||6/17/10||0%|
|Bag for Julie Cary’s mom||6/20/10||0%|
|Computer Bag for Angie||6/20/10||0%|
|Notetaker for Christeen||6/20/10||0%|
|Messenger Bag Pattern||6/20/10||0%|
|Artists for a Cause Website||6/10/10||75%|
|Bizzi Lizzi Website||6/20/10||0%|
I’m so stoked to get started! Here’s a picture all my wee house ornaments – they’re off being photographed by a professional photographer – pattern and article to come out in Quilting Arts Gifts next Fall!