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!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Snarky Printable Gift Tag for Handmade Gifts


I've talked about the value of handmade before. People claim to love handmade. And some genuinely do. The challenge with giving handmade gifts is that if the recipient doesn't like it... well... too bad. For everyone.

Too bad for the giver, because they spent hours or days on a project that will get shoved in a drawer, the back of a closet, or immediately go to Goodwill.

And too bad for the recipient, because they have to figure out how to feign appreciation for the unfortunate gift they were given, and then they have to find drawer space, closet space, or time to take the item to Goodwill. If they are an especially good friend, they now have the burden of remembering to take out the gifted item to display it whenever the giver comes to visit.

With all this complicatedness, (that's totally a word - but if it isn't, I want credit in Websters 2014) maybe we should just buy eachother gift cards! And, of course, give them in hand-made gift card holders.

If you're going to risk giving handmade this year, I'm helping you out with some fun and snarky gift tags for your handmade presents. Download the Snarky Printable Gift Tag for Handmade Gifts here. They print 4 to a sheet. Cut them out, punch a hole, and share the handmade love!