Enjoying a quiet home.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge.

After a weekend that everyone in my family was gone or busy with craft classes, funerals, or homework it is so nice to sit and enjoy just being home. As I type this my home is quiet which is a bit of an anomaly itself. I can think and sip my tea as I watch the sun move and the day begins. It is so peaceful.

What brings you peace so you can recharge?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Getting things back in order.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to rest and recharge. For those of us with school-aged children or that teach today is the last day of the winter break. So I don’t know about you but I am getting things back in order to get up before the sun again.

It seems easy to set the alarm before the sun comes up until you actually have to get out of that warm bed before the sun warms the earth. So do you have a trick to get your mind and body going at the same speed? I have been using Mel Robbins’ Mindset Reset for almost a year now. If I am having self-doubt I change my mind by saying “5-4-3-2-1” and launching myself like a rocket out of the bed. It’s almost become a game to see if I stick my dismount.

For today I will be not doing my normal Sunday, but instead doing some last minute preparation to make sure my daughter is ready for school, homework and all. Wish me luck.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A clean kitchen.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging.

So yesterday I went through and rolled enchiladas, cooked turkey noodle soup, and a few other dishes with the leftovers from Christmas dinner. I kept up fairly well with all the dishes but the counters hadn’t been wiped down. As I sat down to eat dinner last night it slipped my mind to clean up. Thankfully, I woke up this morning to everything wiped down and ready to go.

I don’t know about you but I can rest so much better when everything is finished, done, and clean. What do you need to do today to be able to truly rest?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

My feet are up!

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging.

For me this has been quite a week. Wrapping presents, preparing for the open house, baking, concerts, teaching, and more. So for today I am putting my feet up.

How do you rest when you know you have finished a hectic week well?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Peace comes from within.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging.

Have you realized how much sweeter rest is when you are at peace with yourself? When I was going through some recent drama it seemed no matter how much I slept it wasn’t enough. If you don’t have inner peace there is no rest.

To achieve inner peace seems to be an unending quest. Once you seem to have it something else comes up. I guess this is what life is about. It is constant change, challenge, and conquering. Without it we would be the same person and not be evolving as well.

How do you get to a good place? Do you run from what is agonizing you? Do you workout every day? Do you eat a certain comfort food? How do you cope?

I tend to do a little of all of this. When it gets really bad I figure out how to leave the situation. For every day stresses I workout and tend to eat extra carbs on those crazy days. And, of course, get in the craft room to play.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

The last day of no routine.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging.

Since the kids have had a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday it seems that I should focus on the fact that this is the last day of no routine in my house. Tomorrow will be back to school and it will be off to the races once again. I have to say it’s been nice to be slower but it doesn’t last long in this house.

This week will hold two craft fairs, try-outs for winter drumline, Tuba Christmas, and probably a few other things I am missing.

So as I type this in my pajamas I realize that this is the last day for a bit of ease for quite some time. I am grateful to have the down time, but I am looking forward to what the future brings too.

What are you looking forward to?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by cooking.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to rest and re-charge. Well, since I didn’t have a class to teach, finals to travel to for marching band, or any other plans football won. USC vs. UCLA was on yesterday. I chose to rest yesterday and cooked one of my favorite dinners. For me I love appetizer dinner. Potato skins, shrimp cocktail, and gourmet olives were on the menu. So today will still be a bit slower but not as much as I would normally do.

My plans for today are to get in to the studio and have some creative time.

What are your plans for today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rest without guilt.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging.

I have to remind myself that is a good thing to take a day off. As I sit in Las Vegas after OnStage my mind is full of new ideas. I have taken the time to write a bunch down and now I wait. I wait for orders to come in and I wait to get back to the studio to begin to design. As I wait I remind myself that is a good thing to take time off.

In the past I would take time off and feel guilty for resting. Afterwards I would wonder why I would feel so tired all the time. I now have learned to allow myself to rest. It is a reward for putting in the work. But I think the biggest key is that the work needs to be put in.

A rest day after a week at the gym feels so good. A rest day after I have skipped working out does not give the same satisfaction. So I am reminded to put in the work both with my family and in my studio.

What are you working on so you can enjoy your rest?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Plan now, stress less later.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to rest and recharge.

With about a month and a half to go before Christmas I am sitting here in my pajamas wondering where the year went. And my second thought is I have some work to do. Christmas cards, swaps, craft fairs, and …and…and…

So today I am planning and ordering so I have the supplies to do what I need to do. I just have to remember to take action on that plan so I don’t end up with cases of tic tacs that I forgot about much like last year. As you are ordering make sure to write down a list of what has been ordered and for what. This will keep things organized and will hopefully prevent you from buying something in a rush.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

At peace with rest.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to rest and recharge. I usually rest by not doing anything. Anything! But I also enjoy talking to people and being social. So, for today, I am enjoying talking with craft fair goers and simply enjoying being where I am. I love feeling like I am present. It is great to feel at peace and rested while still working. Did I tell you I love my job? Thank you for allowing me to do what I do.

Do you enjoy what you do? Or at least an aspect of it?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂