Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Flying under the radar...

Does anyone feel a little overwhelmed with life right now? I certainly do.
I have so many projects going that I am not getting much of anything done.
I am learning new languages, working on my T.A.T Masters, designing, trying to finish a new tatting book, keeping up two blogs and an Etsy shop, and dyeing larger and larger batches of thread.....hmmmm now that can see it on the screen it doesn't seem all that bad. But I do feel like I have gotten way behind on some of my goals.
Anyway, I also feel like I am struggling to keep up with all the other tatting blogs just now. Is it me or has the tatting community just exploded with vibrancy in the last couple of months. It's so wonderful!

I am working on making some of my hand dyed thread colorways a permanent fixture in the shop. I just need to decide which blends those will be and I am having a tough time choosing. If anyone wants to put in their two cents I am all ears.

Here are some recent experimental silk colors...these are more like solids, they are very subtly shaded.


I will leave you with one of my very favorite quotes today...because it always makes me happy to read it.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?

Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some; it’s in all, everyone. And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

I think this is by.... Lois Trader


Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

It sure is easy to feel overwhelmed! I tend to feel that way when I look at all the projects I have going. The best thing for me to do is choose one thing and finish it, then move on to something else. I think that's why my sewing room became such a mess... I had so much I wanted to do, and I couldn't prioritize!

I'm sure you'll get past this feeling. My goodness! Just look at all you have accomplished in the past year!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Thank you Diane! I think I am feeling homesick which seems to magnify the "not so good" feelings.
I will try to focus on one thing at a time as you say!

TattingChic said...

I agree that the tatting community on the internet has grown exponentially in the last few months. It's been amazing to watch.
I'm sorry you're feeling overwhelmed. I understand. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers.
I love that quote it is a good one. I've heard it before and it is always good to be reminded of it.

Love ya,
~TattingChic :)

yarnplayer said...

Whoa, that is such an inspiring quote! Thank you for posting it!

I feel overwhelmed at times, too! I try to remember that my purpose here is not to please everyone.

It's hard to keep the Etsy shop stocked, isn't it? But that is the beauty of handmade - it's NOT an unlimited supply of mass-produced items. Each of your lovely pieces is a treasure, and people buying them should consider themselves lucky that they were able to obtain an item so special.

Take care, Sherry, you are young and have a lot of time to accomplish your goals. You are such an inspiration already! Did you know, I got the idea to run an Etsy shop of my own from seeing yours. It has enabled me to help support my family and use my talent. Thank you for being such an enthusiastic leader!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Thank you Chiclet, hugs back at ya.

Wow Marilee, you have really encouraged me. Thank you so much! I had no idea that you were inspired to open your Etsy shop because of mine. How exciting! Your shop has become truly successful, one of the best on Etsy if I do say so myself,
and I am so glad you are my friend!

Tattycat said...

So many thoughts.... I'll have to start with the quote, like Marilee. That is wonderful! I had never heard it before. I am going to print it out so I can read it more often. Thank you for sharing it. I don't think I feel as overwhelmed now!
Yes, I do feel overwhelmed a lot. I do think you being homesick is making it worse. That's a lot of things you are trying to do at once. As Marilee said, you are young and have lots of time. You have already accomplished so many things that most people never achieve.
I also agree that the tatting community has grown leaps and bounds! I have a very difficult time keeping up with blogs. Isn't that a wonderful problem to have. Lost art? Not in our lifetimes!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Yes Lala, I want to come home now...well I guess I never wanted to leave in the first place.
I must re-adjust my attitude...and soon!

It's funny that you and Marilee say that I have plenty of time...I suppose you are right but from my point of view I am always running out of time and feel I need to live day to day in a desperate frenzy... LOL!

Tattycat said...

Maybe you are my child afterall. I'm afraid I do the same thing but was hoping to convince you differently! Please do slow down and soak up as much as you can there so you won't look back and go why didn't I.......

Steph's (tat) Stuff said...

I've been going through the same phase lately. For me, the only way to get past it was to take one thing at a time instead of letting everything hit me all at once.

I think you're very brave to leave behind all that you know and love and start a new life halfway around the world (even if it is for only a short while). I know I couldn't have done it. Just let things run their course and all will work itself out in time.

Jamie said...

I hate the blahs. I get them too, and have been in them for a few weeks. This may help: