Sunday, April 20, 2014

CraftSnark Definition of Easter

Last night, at about 11:00 as I was stumbling around the backyard trying to hide Easter Eggs in places they wouldn't get sprayed by the sprinklers this morning, I realized what Easter has become.

I have things that need doing, projects that need finishing, e-mails that need writing, but I also want my kids to have a good Easter. So after the kids go to bed, I create Easter baskets, fill plastic eggs, decorate the Easter table, and get my bunny on.

In the morning I'm greeted with "This is AWESOME!" and "I LOVE the Easter Bunny!" Which is fun. Until a few hours later, after the chocolate egg and jellybean-fueled race around the backyard is over. That's when I get the sugar-crashed kids who won't listen, won't nap, and spend the afternoon pestering each other.

My children will only be small for a short while, so I enjoy these opportunities to be part of the magic. It just feels like I'm getting the short end of the wand.

Friday, April 4, 2014

On Getting Caught Up

I love being busy, and I love what I do. Which is good, because things have been busy lately. Very busy. In the best ways. But it means a constant to-do list. And I'm not quite sure what to do about that. The constant feeling of not being caught up. Sure, maybe I'll get the dishes all done... but the laundry needs folding and the bathrooms need cleaning. Or maybe I'll finally mail off a bunch of cards and photos that have been sitting around for weeks... but I have two Christmas gifts that need to be sent out... and it is already April.

If there was a way to get it all done without feeling behind, would I really want that? I truly enjoy being busy, and constantly having things to do. Having a whole list of things that need doing lets me choose what my creative mind wants to do first.

Maybe being caught up is overrated?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hamster or Second Sled Dog?

Hamster or the Second Dog on a Sled Team? This one is going to take a little explaining...

I was chatting online with a friend, and mentioned to her that I was feeling like a hamster on a wheel. I've got tons and tons of projects going on right now... but most of them are future things that I can't post, lots that I can't even Instagram. Because they're for contests or magazines. So they have to stay all G-14 Classified. Some of them are for future series, and I'm trying to get them done so I don't have to stress at the last minute. So I'm working like an even crazier than normal lady, but don't have a lot that I can show for it. Like a hamster on a wheel... I'm running, but the view isn't changing, and I'm getting off at the same point I got on.

Which later led me to think about the expression about being the second dog on a sled team. You know, not the lead dog, but the dog right behind the lead dog. You're running, running, running (or is it mushing, mushing, mushing?), and you're making progress... but the view doesn't change. In fact, the view for the second dog isn't so great at all.

And that's where the question comes up. Would I rather be a hamster with a great view of some kid's messy room, running and making no progress... or the second dog on a sled team making huge strides while staring at someone else's behind the whole time?

I'm thinking I'll pick option C, and just promote myself to first sled dog. Which means I need to get myself a set of directions. So maybe I'll be the hamster that bites my owner, gets dropped, and lives out my days fat and happy... until the family buys a cat.

It seems there is no winning in the worlds of dogs and hamsters.

Friday, January 3, 2014

What You Missed in 2013

Bloggers all over blogland are posting lists of their most popular posts for 2013. Which is great. They're giving their readers big ol' lists of stuff that their readers have already read. And we know they read it because the stats show that they clicked on it, pinned it, shared it, and so on. So, all these "Most Popular Posts of 2013" posts are really "Here is all the Crap you've already Seen".

To keep things fresh. Here are the LEAST popular posts on CraftSnark in 2013. Yup, I scoured my stats to see what you missed last year, so you can catch up on the CraftSnark my stats tell me you never saw.

You're welcome, internet.

Here they are, ending with the absolute least popular post of 2013:

10. Quilt Now Sleep Later

9. Craft Definition of Clean

8. CraftSnark Definition of Love

7. True Friends

6. How the CraftSnark Measures Success

5. Craft Definition of Errands

4. The Very Best Easter Ever

3. When Cleaning Really Happens

2. My Day is not Complete...
1. My To Do List...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

When Cleaning REALLY Happens

Let's get real. Most of the time I'm crafting. Or on the computer. Or chasing kids. Or collapsing on the couch after doing all of the above. I don't spend my days with a Magic Eraser in one hand, and a spray bottle containing a home-made concoction including vinegar and three different powders that most people just use for cooking. So the best way to ensure a clean house is to invite some folks over...
Speaking of which, I need to get a move on... I've got guests arriving in about 30 minutes...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My to-do list...

The holidays are a busy time - starting in Halloween with making costumes, and then Thanksgiving with the big dinner, and then shopping, wrapping, decorating, parties, and family until we ring in the new year. Add to that a dash of travel and a sprinkling of the flu, and you've got yourself a typical holiday season around here!

I hope you're finding time to check things off your to-do list - assuming you've found the time (and a pencil stub and back of an envelope) to write one. Good thing there are all those holiday cards being sent - lots of envelopes to write to-do lists on.

Unless you're absolutely desperate, don't write your to-do list on a tissue. That's always a bad idea during cold and flu season.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Here's to the Crafty, Costume-making Moms out there...

I got less than 2 hours of sleep last night, But it is totally worth it. My son is going to have the most amazing costume EVER. I've spent about 10 hours making his costume... and I'm not done yet.

He is going to be the talk of the neighborhood... for the 60 minutes he spends trick-or-treating.

Then the costume will go into storage. Where it might get pulled out again in a couple years on a whim, or for his little brother to wear. Or it might get dented and damaged as it is moved from closet to closet, and finally ends up in the garage, and eventually gets thrown in the trash.

Knowing all that, I'm still going to say: Totally WORTH IT.

Have a safe and moderately-spooky Halloween!