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Bright Shiny Objects

It’s true.  I am afflicted by Bright Shiny Object Syndrome.
My kids used to try walk between me and the displays at the store so I wouldn’t be distracted!

Remember, my word for the year is FOCUS?  The Professional Quilter Newsletter arrived in my in-box this morning and I swear that Morna was writing this article for me!

As I formulate my list of to-dos for market in May, I see that there are three teaching engagements, a trip to the East Coast, two kids graduating (High School and College) and at least six projects that have to happen before I can get in the car to drive to Kansas City on May 16th. Holy Cow!

Making a list is key and a great organizational tool that my friend Susan Nelson shared with me is what she calls a T&A.  Tasks and Activities, just to be clear :-). It’s a wonderful chart that lists all of the quilt projects that need to be organized – fabrics chosen, quilts made, quilted and bound, and photographed.  Patterns to be written, tested, printed and pattern covers to be designed.  I live by it.

The other thing that has helped me stay on track – believe it or not – is taking up knitting!  Don’t worry, I’m not crossing over! My BFF Jenni opened a cute little yarn shop last fall.  Now the only time I get to see her is if I take a class or hang out at open knitting.  Anyway, what I discovered is that knitting feeds my creative soul.  It is not work or work related (you know – the QUILT stuff!).  It’s something I look forward to doing after the studio closes down.  It gives me a reason to switch gears at the end of the day.  It has actually helped me FOCUS on what I need to get done.  I’m making my first sweater!  Who knew?

9 Responses to “Bright Shiny Objects”

  1. Kate says:

    Celine,
    Sounds like you have a busy spring ahead! What great milestones though for your family.

    Love your word for 2012-focus. I definitely can relate!
    Wish Imwas going to spring market bu it is the weekend of my son’s wedding so Imguess I have a good excuse. We are so excited!

    Good luck with all your projects and with staying focused.

    P.s. I have been knitting for years and just took my first class. A great complimentary hobby! Have fun with the sweater!

  2. Hi Celine,
    Thanks for mention and I love the word Focus. Do you think when I talk about having identified my ideal client, I have you in mind? :)

  3. JenniK says:

    Funny how you knit to relax and I’ll quilt to relax. Having alternate hobbies does feed the need to be creative outside of our profession. As long as there’s a limited amount of Pinot involved :)

  4. Sharon W says:

    This must be the night of the Sharons. Thanks for the article on BSOS. I didn’t realize it, but I think I am afflicted with it.

  5. Sharon Griffith says:

    That is a good idea…making a list. I think I will try it. You and I share the same word for this year…..good luck to you…

  6. Hi

    This really hit the spot. I have spent so much time on the Internet this week. Now back to work.
    Sharon

December 22, 2014
 
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