Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My first project post

Here is my first entry for the Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge.
If you are a Circle member, here is the link:

If you are not a Cricut Circle member her is the post to help explain a bit:

"You will find my entry for the Circle Monthly Challenge below. I am going to try to take up a bunch of space here with a few details because there is a photo of me on my project and I do NOT want it to jump out and scare anyone as soon as this thread loads. Maybe a few of you will even give up with the long story and not even make it to the photo. Maybe that's my plan...

So here goes.

I was up until 2:30 AM working on this in the middle of the toy room floor. I had the TV on listening to American Pickers and Pawn Stars(Yes, PAWN Stars, get your minds out of the gutter) to keep me company. I had all of my stuff spread out surrounding me. I kept running around the house gathering up more things while everyone was sleeping. It was a mess. That is one of the many reasons why I would LOVE to win the awesome ScrapBox. I am currently in a temporary living situation and I have no room for my crafty stuff. It really stifles my creativity in so many ways. This then affects my overall mood and general well being. This in turn affects my immediate family…and so on and so on. I have not had my own spot for all of my stuff since having my last DD. But I love my 2 DD's more than I love my stuff.

Well, with the deadline approaching for this challenge I was determined to kick it into high gear and just finish it already. So I cut a few pieces yesterday during nap time but I did all of the rest between about 10:30 PM and 2:30 AM this morning. I had to stop when my 2 yr old DD decided that it was morning and refused to sleep until 4:00 AM. (An unfortunate frequent occurrence at my house) Therefore I am functioning on 2 ½ hours of "sleep."

My goal was to finish my project in one main sit down so I could have only one clean up time. I challenged myself to use the items I had on hand which helped me use some of my stash that had never been touched. I have plenty of that piling up all over. I am a collector of crafty things; rarely do I get to use them.

I took this challenge to push myself to complete something. I took it to make something for me. Just for me. I used…gasp…a photo of myself! This project helped me "remember why" I do this thing I do. It will stay in a special place for my eyes only. I will get it out when I need a little nudge in the right direction. It will help remind me that the time I spend on my craft is valid. It has a purpose and I should be accepting of each window of opportunity I have to spend being creative. Being me.

Oh how I wish I could be the winner of the ScrapBox…but I am already a winner bc I did what I set out to do. I completed a challenge that I set for myself and I feel pretty good about that. Good luck to all of you who have entered. The projects are inspiring and I am very fortunate to be a part of this great Circle we have here. Thanks PC.

For those of you who stuck it out, here ya go…don't go getting your hopes up though…remember it has my big mug on it so don't be afraid. Or should you be?"