Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

5 Tips To Help You Through The Silly Season

Don't Let Christmas Stress You Out

Five things I need to be reminded of....a lot.

5 tips to purfylle your life

Even more regularly around Christmas time.

Done is better then perfect

I am a perfectionist and this one's hard. When I decided to stop worrying about my blog being perfect it gave me the freedom to run with it, and instead of struggling to get a few posts up each month I am now posting 5-6 days a week!

We all tend to apply our perfectionistic tendencies predominately to our own professions or hobbies. I mean, really, I couldn't care less about how to cook the perfect Christmas dinner. For me done is fine so long as its yummy and there's plenty of it, but if I'm making an elf costume you better watch out! It has to be perfect, if one little teeny tiny bell of hundreds doesn't match or the colours aren't just so, or the fabric is wrong, or whatever, I'll get annoyed. Which is just crazy because I'm the only one who will ever notice or know that the green is not the shade of green I wanted. (no I'm not making an elf costume)

So I'm learning to try to let go a little and Just. Get. It. Done. It doesn't need to be perfect.

For instance, this week I've been working on getting the blog looking pretty.

It's not perfect but it's done enough to work, and I can keep making improvements when I can. I'm sure you would all much rather I put something up for you to read and enjoy, then for me to not write but get all the links the perfect shade of red. Right?

It's a marathon, not a sprint

A wonderful blogger, Shantha of Competitive Edge, replied to a comment I made recently with this maxim and it really stuck in my head.  When you start out blogging it's easy to forget you're here for the long haul, so pace yourself.

You can't do it all

Kelli & Crystal who have taught  me sooo much in the last couple of months talk about this a lot. They are so right but it doesn't stop me from trying. I love to push push push.

Decide what it is important

These days, it's so easy to believe that everything is important when your being told at every turn that XYZ is vital and you MUST do this, that and the other. But the reality is that they're not.

There are things that are important to YOU. Not to someone else but to you. And you're the only one who can figure that out for you, your boss can't, your spouse can't, your best friend can't, your parents can't; only you can figure out what your priorities are.

Return to basics

When it's all getting too much it's really good to remember to just return to basics. I've been doing so much lately and I've been letting things slip and it was starting to show. There were piles of stuff for things that had been put down rather then put away; dust gathering because dusting can wait until next week; that sort of stuff.

Anyway, I realised I was letting the basics slip and that I needed to prioritise them, and so this week on laundry day I didn't just do the dirty laundry, I also made sure that all the winter stuff got put away, that the clothes that didn't fit got separated out rather then put back in drawers again, that the tiny speciality wash load was done. Today I cleaned off my loungeroom coffee table and dusted it down, reorganised all the little projects on it and just took the time to get it back in order.

Now, I don't really care if there is dust or piles of stuff, but what's incredible is that getting just those things done make me feel so much better. That's a lot of little things that I won't be looking at as I come across them every day and think 'Gahh, I've got to do that,' and then feel guilty I haven't done it yet. Having them done is freeing.

Implementing these 5 tips purfylle my life so much. What are your tips for surviving the silly season?