It is WOYWW#194, the international work desk blog hop that Starts here http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/. Julia Host's this blog hop weekly but in the meantime, she also writes and stamps for her blog, which is always interesting and worth the few minutes it takes to stop by!
My work desk tonight is pretty clear, Yeah!!
All of my birthday and anniversary cards for March are made, written out, addressed, stamped and in date order ready to go to the post office. I've got dozens of cards made up for anything else that comes up, they are filed and ready to go for the rest of the month.
I have kits ready for making :
Each of these is for 25 cards
I keep my kits ready for making tucked out of the way on top of this expedite type unit, off my desk out of my way but not out of my sight.
I have stamps and "ideas" pulled for something new I want to try, I found this website lst week: http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/ and I really like the cards posted and I thought I needed to work on my CAS skills. Not only that, but sometimes I just get tired of all the Stuff and color on my cards. I love monochrome and white on white, Kraft with black, it can be a visual rest.
I also finished another batch of butterflies this morning (early in the morning, I am blessed with insomnia and the ability to get get along with 4 hours of sleep a night)
There is another blog I like: http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/ and I would like to start participating there also.
I only belong to one Yahoo stamping group and I love it, lots of challenges, swaps and good conversation and that has been enough until now, now I'd like to stretch myself a little artistically.
I don't want to get so busy that I become out of balance, out of balance usually means out of sorts too. I have always felt that if you can't "keep up" or "take care of your stuff" you have too much. That can mean time, finances, a craft room you can't find the floor in. We all know people that their hobbies overtake their lives and to be frank, that is not healthy. I have a friend I have met through a stamping class, a really nice gal but I can never come over her house and stay for more than a few miniutes. Because, she has so much stamp stuff there is no place to sit in her smallish size house. She has one chair, hers. everything ealse is oxes and boxes and bages and more boxes and bags of stamp stuff. I've known quilters and sewing machine collectors and scrapbookers that their homes are consumed in time and space with these hobbies! Why is that?? Well we know that the industries press people to purchase beyond what they can use in 4 life times, there is always something new and more wonderful out their that you really need! and if you don't need it, well who can resist a good sale. I know of one gal that has over 500 matstacks of paper, in her basement craft room that had a water problem. She said "I just can't stop buying it", and she can't use it because she is too busy moving it around to avoid water and find work space, and she said "I'm afraid to use it because I might wreck a piece and then I wouldn't have another one"!!!!
All this makes me go a little cross eyed. Oh Yes I love my stuff, but I don't want my stuff pushing me into a mode of coveting and or hoarding. I want to be a good steward and have a life of order and balance. I want to produce good things that will be beneficial to the people I pass it on too.
When I teach, I try to stress balance and composition both on the canvas and in real life. If your life is balanced and composed, you will be able to create more freely.
In proverbs 14:1 It says: a wise woman builds her house.
In 24:3-4 it says this
By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
I want my home to be beautiful and not so much in the physical but in the total .
I want to use all the resources I have been given to go where they need to go.
I don't want to end up on an episode of "Hoarders"
Thanks for stopping by and have a great Balanced day.