Why my January mantra became Just Finish it Already

After months of living on an island, which I swear I will talk a bit more about soon, there was an adjustment period of getting reacquainted with my house and all of the things in it. Before we left for the season I started purging and staging the rooms in their new roles. Fellow emptynesters will understand as the rooms in their homes become these weird stained voids of life in the house where life once was. (I mean don’t get me started on that weird hard stain in the carpet that was smack in the middle of where the Chicken kept her bed that sat directly on the floor.) Suddenly you have rooms for all of these things that you’ve had to tuck into corners or in high spaces so that the kids didn’t ruin them because you would get back to them Someday.

Well friends, my Someday has come.

One of the things that I have been working on as I figure out Who Heather Is is doing stuff that brings me joy and living my life apologetically. Crafting, whether it be crafting words, relationships with people, or just crafting things brings me joy. But I had a hard time of letting go of that joy and so things sat unfinished because I couldn’t bear to give them away for fear that they wouldn’t be good enough. Case in point Moo the Unicorn aka Rainbow Cuddles the Unicorn by 1DogWoof

This poor unicorn has been in a partially bald larval state for nearly two years. I was excited to crochet my second toy and thought it would be perfect for the granddaughter’s first birthday. After I finished the body and head I let some mistakes I made in the parts that were done stop me from making the legs. Fear that somehow my granddaughter would some how reject this unicorn if the legs weren’t all the same size and looked just like the pattern kept me from finishing it for over two years.

I’m happy to share that Moo is no longer in her larval state and is happily living her best life with the granddaughter in a room with a slide. And many more of the projects that I had started are getting their finishing touches. I have a baby blanket that I am putting together for my soon to be here great niece from squares I created while sitting in waiting rooms while my mother had therapy after her strokes. The love and prayer in each one of those stitches that will wrap around that little babe just has me feeling all of the joy. She won’t care that the squares aren’t even, she will just feel all of the love.

If you check out my Instafeed I will share the things as I finish them because I want 2019 to be full of FOs of Joy! (FO stands for Finished Object)

Now for my notes on the pattern with some affiliate links, disclaimer which means if you click and buy I get rewarded and since I am new at this I am not even sure how. But onto the supplies: I used the recommended Red Heart Yarn in colors white and petal pink for the body. I did the curlies all over for the mane and tail and used Red Heart Stripes in the Retro colorway so I didn’t have to worry about getting multiple skeins of yarn. I followed her directions and the pattern was very easy for a beginner pattern reader and toy maker to execute. My issues came from my inexperience and my lack of stitch markers when I was making some of the pieces. I would probably make this again and I have made several patterns from this designer. Check out her site and her Instafeed if you love fun crochet projects.

What are you working on? Be sure to let me know in the comments and don’t forget to follow me over on Insta, I love getting to “see” all of my pocket friends.

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The Agony of the Untold Story

Do you think that there is so much sadness in the world because so many of us are writers unaware? I think Maya Angelou said it best when she said that “there is no greater agony than being an untold story inside of you.”

I’ve learned over the years that I really like to talk, which is not surprising to anyone that knows me. What may be surprising is that I am painfully shy and extremely anxious in new situations which is why I excel at sharing my stories here. But then one day the stories that defined me weren’t just my stories and so I began to sit on my hands and not tell my stories at all.

And friends, let me tell you that it hurt a lot to let my voice go silent.  When people would ask what I did I would mutter something about being a writer or a content creator and then make excuses and downgrading anything I wrote. It was like I was ashamed of my story or I wasn’t worthy of sharing it.

Thankfully I had friends that prodded me along, and kept encouraging me to share my stories and telling me that people needed to hear what I had to say. But since I stopped writing everyday I became easily overwhelmed when I would sit down to actually write the words and so I didn’t.

A friend posted a photo of a running poster and talked about a calendar that Jerry Seinfeld made up to create a chain by creating one joke a day. After a while it wasn’t about the writing of the jokes, but not breaking the chain. I looked around online for giant calendars to create my own chain calendar but realized that I needed more.

I love quotes and I happened to have a 24 x 36 inch frame just hanging around the house that was screaming to be put up on the wall in my craft room. It has one of my favorite quotes and behind the quote are circles that you can color in or ‘x’ as you write each day. As you can see there are no x’s on it right now, but thanks to this post I am going to go up to the craft room and get the chain started.

Would you like to have your own copy of the print? If you click here you can download the file to your computer and print it up at home or you can send it off (I sent mine to the local Staples in town) and get it printed as a blue print, I paid under $6 for mine.

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