I hope all have had a Merry whatever-you-celebrate at the end of December. I’m quite happy to be moving on with the regular schedule : )
Kinda like shaving for guys, some things are only noticed when they don’t get accomplished. My husband shaves every morning but I don’t thank him or even notice that he does. I do notice when he gets scratchy…
With that thought in mind, I realized there are a number of things I’ve been accomplishing but have little to write about on a blog. But here today I will celebrate the mundane accomplishments of the past several weeks!
Mundane accomplishment #1 – alterations.
The clothes just sit there lifeless and in a rather wasteful, unused state until this gets done. They seem to take longer than I ever thought and then there is the removing current clothes (cold weather doesn’t help), trying on, sewing, trying on again, sewing, trying on again, and so on.
The picture above is a Gap button down shirt that was way too long. I purchased a tall size as usual and it was a way too big, but the smaller size had already sold out…so I took 3.5″ off the bottom and 2″ out of each side and now it is much better! I need to do something with the sleeves next. I’ve never had the problem of having to shorten something! I also worked on a pair of jeans and some cords that sadly haven’t gotten much wear since they’ve been at the bottom of the alterations pile for about 2 months. Now that it is cold here I hope to make up for that.
Mundane accomplishment #2 – organizing the blog tags
Check out the updated Tag Cloud in the sidebar. Do you know how long that took to accomplish so it looks reasonably neat?!? Can I just say days…
The first time I tried installing the tag cloud here on Color Fiber Texture there were about 350 tags and it was about 3 screen pages long. Being creative is great, but not so much with working used in tags. Many of the tags I had used were similar but different enough that each one showed up as it’s own individual tag. For example – quilt, quilts, quilting, quilted – were all listed as separate tags. So, I went through all the posts – and that was a lot – and cleaned up all the tags used in them so they are all using consistent terminology and so you don’t have to decide if you want to search for quilt or quilts or quilted
Mundane accomplishment #3 – reading and learning from other bloggers
I like looking at other blogs and noting how often they post, what kinds of things they post, links they include, etc. It helps stimulate ideas for making this blog a better place to visit. Then recently I found this cool sidebar banner – the “Blogging Without Obligation” link. Did you even notice I didn’t apologize for not posting throughout the holidays? You can click the link and see all that she has to say about her blog and most of it I needed to hear.
Mundane accomplishment #4 – ideas for this blog
I love having this blog. It is my favorite of all the blogs I write. Even though I am an artist by trade, I don’t enjoy my art blog near as much. We are all so bombarded by marketing, that I hate adding my voice to the chorus. Asking people if they want to pay with check or credit card just isn’t my thing. I like PR – the soft sell. With those things in mind, here are some some things to expect from this blog for 2013:
~I don’t sell stuff, so if I recommend something know that I’m not getting a kickback.
~I like ideas.
~I like lots of creative things besides quilting, including jewelry, painting, and weaving, to name a few.
~I like sharing personal as well as professional accomplishments here; it helps me remember that I did actually do something!
So I’d love to hear if you’ve been doing anything that has been taking a lot of time, but just hasn’t produced a “ta-da” kind of something.