Taking a breath.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  I am taking a breath and getting some things caught up today.  My house looks like I have done six events this week.  So I will take out the trash, do some dusting, and probably even vacuum some.  Then I will get to create and get some long-awaited thank you notes out.  It doesn’t sound different than any other day, but it is for me.  The phone won’t ring and I can turn the music up and just focus.  Don’t get me wrong, I love people, but I don’t get much done since I am concentrating on conversations and whatever else might come.

And the rest of my home sounds different today too.  All three cars are in the driveway (until my daughter goes to work in a bit) and my husband is composing some new arrangement of some musical rendition.    I love the constant music.  Since I am not musical I love it.  It’s a good thing I married a musician.

Have you ever stopped to listen to your home?  Do you like the sounds created in it?  How do they differ from the rest of the week?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

So grateful to be still.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  In the last few days Joel (hubbie) and I have had some pretty big events.

Joel coordinated the first ever Tuba Christmas for our area.  There were about 20 players, merchandise, registration, spectators, and volunteers.  It was a great night for music with perfect weather (55 degrees and virtually no wind).  Congratulations to your first of many events.

Yesterday I was at the Yucca Valley Community Center for the Holiday Craft Faire.  It was one of the biggest fairs I have attended for quite some time.  There were pictures with Santa, candy canes, snow to be played in, and crafters galore.  It was steady people all day long and a great event.

But now I sit here with my feet up in my pajamas and I am so grateful to be still.  It feels so good to be still (at least for a little while).  I have a craft room to clean up and inventory to be taken before tomorrow.  But for now, I am still.  I get to enjoy my tea (no coffee for me) in peace.

What is your activity you enjoy doing before everyone gets up and your world starts moving?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by shopping?

It’s Sabbath Sunday and I am having a slow morning (thankfully).  While I don’t especially like shopping I know it needs to get done once in a while.  My daughter, Tara, is the same way.  If the fairy with the magic wand could magically make things appear she would do it.  But instead we will be doing a bit of running to find some new jeans for her.

While it is not too restful for me to shop I am choosing to look at the silver lining.  I get to spend time with her and probably have a yummy lunch too.  I know it won’t take long since it is not our favorite thing, but it is time together.  I don’t see her much with rehearsals, school, and friends.  Now that she is driving it is even less.

I don’t say this for pity, but instead to remind you (and myself) that it’s our perspective on things.  Instead of saying I “have to” I am now saying I “get to”.  It’s amazing how your attitude changes.

Is there something you need to shift your perspective on?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by giving back.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  While I’m enjoying a slower morning, I will soon be getting ready to go to the Festival of Wreaths at Copper Mountain College.  If you would like to join me it starts at 2 pm.

I firmly believe that giving back gives my soul peace knowing that I am helping to support the community I live in.  This is one way to rest and re-charge.  What do you do to help your community?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by processing

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  This week has been a whirlwind for me.  How was your week?

I am resting today by putting my feet up (still in Florida) and processing my notes and going through everything I have jotted and taken pictures of.

What is your process for de-compressing after you have received a ton of information?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Are you resting today?

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  Are you resting today for me?  I am on day 2 of the Reach Out Morongo Basin’s Craft Fair.  I am not resting much but I am getting to talk to people and do a bunch of crafting.  It’s a break from the routine but not one with my feet up.

I would encourage you to go out of your comfort zone and do something different today.  If you always go get breakfast on Sunday morning maybe order your eggs different.  You just might discover something new and like it.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A cushion to rest.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  It’s my day to rest.  When I googled rest and clicked on images a keyboard pad came up.  It was a rest for your wrist when typing so the angle of your hands changes.  This reminds me that every once in a while I need to change how I do things to see them differently.  Don’t worry.  Nothing is changing, at least until January.

Every December I analyze what has worked and what has not for the year.  If any changes are to be made they will happen in January.  A survey will go out in December to ask you for feedback as I figure out what needs to be re-designed, added, or cancelled.

Just thought you’d want a heads up of what is to come.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Forceful rest.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  Are you resting today?  I hope you are not having to find your front yard after all the rain we’ve had up here in the high desert.

I find it funny that sometimes we overbook ourselves and Mother Nature has a way of slowing us down.  In this case it was a sudden stop.  Nearly 18 hours later and the highway is still shut in parts.

So instead of Card Class yesterday we will move it back a week and I will get things done now instead.  Here’s to being able to re-focus and get a few things planned.  It’s amazing what happens when the main road to town is washed out.

Here’s to everyone staying safe and dry.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting with girlfriends.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  Sometimes the best way to re-charge is to check out with a few girlfriends and be a tourist.  So today I am taking a tour of the Orchid Nurseries, the Gem Show, and grabbing lunch.  What do you do for fun?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂