Space for rest.

Have you ever googled or searched for rest?  I typed in the word “rest” and up comes many images.  There are the traditional beach scenes, hammocks with a gentle breeze, lists on why rest is good for you, and much, much more.

The one that caught my eye is the traditional rest stop sign.  This reminds me to make sure there is an area of my life that is blocked off for rest.  If I don’t give myself permission to rest, I won’t.  Make sure to have a designated exit for rest.  If you don’t take it the next rest stop may not be for 287 miles.

What is your area for rest?  Is it a certain spot in the house?  Is it your craft room?  Is it the kitchen and cooking your favorite meal?  How do you set aside time or space to rest?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by focusing.

As many of you know I am married to a professional musician.  And for those of you that know me even better, you know that my daughter is a budding musician as well.  With that being said I am pulling our segment on rest today straight from the staff lines of a musical score.

Do you know the purpose of a rest in music?  It is to give emphasis on a certain section (brass, woodwinds, percussion, etc.) while other sections are quiet.  It is also used after a difficult section in the music to allow the muscles to regain their composure so tone does not suffer.

So, you are probably asking what this has to do with crafting.  I want to remind you that it is okay to rest, especially after a huge project is finished or if it is just not coming together.  The ability to rest might just give you the edge to regain focus and create a masterpiece.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting is petting a puppy.

Sometimes rest can be found in the simple things.  Sometimes it’s your favorite cup of coffee, a kiss on the forehead from your significant other, or just a moment with your dog.

This morning I found myself with my dog.  Just sitting on the couch petting him over and over again.  He seemed to like it as much as I did.  It’s very calming to me to be forced to sit and just rub on my dog.

Do you have something that calms your nerves?  Share it here if you like.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Hobbies bring rest.

By the title I bet you think I will talk about stamping.  For many of you stamping is what brings you rest.  And I am sure at some point today I will stamp too.  But what other hobbies (or therapies) do you have?  I like to work out and also to cook.  So today I will be babysitting a brisket and in between getting a few things done.  Tell me what other hobbies do you have besides crafting?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by catching up.

Today’s the day.  Have you heard?  All of the birthday parties, graduations, concerts, and more are done.  This is the first day I have to get caught up.  So be prepared to see the samples for card class, samples for the punch box class, and whatever else is on the list.

Now you know what I am up to.  What are you doing?  Now that it’s summer are you re-arranging your house?  Are you hiding under a blanket and wishing the whole world would just disappear?  How do you cope with conquering the overwhelming pile?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Take back your life.

Some days I feel like conquering the world and others I could hide under my blanket.  I know you have days like this too.  Right?  I bet you’re thinking…she’s lost it.  Nope, not at all.  Instead of encouraging you to go out today to give back I want to tell you to stay in.  Read a book, craft, cook…whatever re-charges you.  Sometimes you have to take a minute to re-group, re-charge, whatever you want to call it.

Enjoy your time and be present in the moment!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting on Mother’s Day.

Hopefully your family is allowing some rest on Mother’s Day.  Or are you getting twenty questions about where things are in the kitchen.  Thankfully my kitchen isn’t that big so there’s not many places to look.  And at 10 am my kid isn’t even up yet.  Oh, the teenage years.  Whatever there is in your family, enjoy it.  Be present.  You will never get this moment back.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Self care is the best.

Every day you run like crazy.  You work, you cook, you clean, you run kids to practice…you get the idea.  Every once in awhile you need to take care of yourself.  No one else will.  So put down the planner and trade it for a good book or a trip to the craft room.  Today I will be spending some time in my craft room.  (Of course this is after I can see my two tables again.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by trying something new.

I don’t know about you but I often like what is familiar and what is comfortable.  I will find myself going to the same restaurant, sitting in the same booth (I prefer over a table), seeing the same waiter/waitress, and ordering the same thing.  It’s easy.  I don’t have to think.  But sometimes your brain or body gets stagnant and you need to try something new.

So, today we are watching a new movie…the Avengers.  And we are trying a new restaurant.  I will let you know how it goes.

Don’t be afraid to break up your routine and try something new.  It might be great.  Here’s to an adventure.

Have you tried something new recently?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Feeling ready.

Lately I have been feeling that I am behind.  I am not prepared and just not ready.  Most of the time this is just a feeling but sometimes I am caught off guard.  With not being prepared comes anxiety, more cost, stress, and time to overcome a meltdown.  Have you ever felt like this?  Just overwhelmed?

So, how do you overcome the overwhelm?  If you google this there are so many articles that come up.  Some say write a to do list.  Others say take a bath.  Exercise.  Set a timer.

I say do what works for you.  And for me, it depends.  It depends on what I am working on.  It depends if I like the project.  It depends if I am already cranky.  It even depends on the time of day.

My solution is not to take a bath.  I know that.  I lay in the nice water trying to relax and all I can think about is that I am doing nothing to help myself.  My solution is usually to obsess over it for a bit, write a to do list to break it down into smaller chunks, and GET STARTED!  I will often set a timer or tell myself when I should be done.  I like a good race.  If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m a little competitive, even with myself.

The key here is to do whatever it takes to help yourself to get to that action step.  Action is what will help you to finish.

I am telling you this in hopes that you can finish earlier and be able to relax, truly relax.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂