This year I decided to take quite a bit of time off in December to keep my stress levels down and to recharge my creative batteries for the new year. It’s typically a fairly quiet time of year, business-wise, given that most people are fully immersed in the holidays – shopping, baking, traveling, visiting. Taking some time off from designing products allowed me to channel a lot of my creative energy into other projects.
A lot of my down time this past month was spent knitting a chunky cable knit throw blanket as a Christmas gift for my mom, one that was similar to a photo she sent me via text message. When it was finished I liked it so much that I immediately started another one for myself and I’m enjoying working on this one at a slower pace now that the holiday gift giving deadline is not looming over it.
I also spent a bit of my down time this month organizing files, evaluating what worked for me this past year (and what didn’t), and making plans for the upcoming year. Making the choice to limit my focus and embrace a slower pace made December feel much more manageable to me than it has in previous years. Going forward I hope to be able to allow myself the same space to breathe around the holidays.
I’m easing my way back into my work days right now, becoming reacquainted with my usual tools and routines – because it’s time to get back to the business of designing new products, and I’m so excited to see what 2014 has in store for One Little Bird.
So welcome back, friends! I’ve missed you.
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Popping in today to share a little bit of holiday cheer for your desktop. My own desktop was woefully lacking in holiday cheer this morning and I decided that needed to be remedied.
Have a great weekend!
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12 days of savings begin today at The Lilypad – a chance to stock up on supplies in preparation for the second annual Month of Challenges, which kicks off on January 1.
It’s like opening up an Advent Calendar to a different area of the store each day. Stop by every day and grab a little something (or a lot of something) that you’ve had your eye on.
It’s BYOC time again at the Lily Pad and that means I have three NEW products in my shop! The Troublemaker Collection, inspired by the fresh colors of this month’s BYOC palette, lends itself perfectly to pages which recount memorable stories about a particular troublemaker in your life…even if that troublemaker happens to be you! The Troublemaker Papers are comprised of a wonderful mix of contemporary patterns, while The Trouble Maker Elements offer versatility and plenty of word art to help you get the ball rolling on your storytelling.
The coordinating Trouble Maker Journal Cards include (6) 3 x 4″ journal cards that can be used on your digital scrapbook pages, as well as in your Project Life®/pocket page albums. The package contains individual PNG files, JPG files with bleed (for professional print shops – like Persnickety Prints) and printable PDF and PSD files.
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All of the products in the December BYOC line are on sale throughout the weekend. Cage Liner subscribers have exclusive access to the Troublemaker Bundle at 45% percent off – more details below! Offers end 12/8/2013.
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