Monday, 5 October 2015

recuperating

i was slow-moving today, slowly resettling into my house and catching up on the things that have been neglected recently - dishes, cleaning the bathroom, mopping the kitchen floor. things that are maybe not so glamourous, and that i didn't used to care so much about, but which now i really appreciate within my own living space. i'm also slowly reorganizing after manitoba fibre fest, photographing the yarn that came home with me to add it to etsy over this week.

perfect sweater in the etsy shop.

i have had the most incredible past few weeks, getting amped up for and finally executing the photo shoot for when nature fought back and then attending manitoba fibre festival. it's been amazing and wonderful and also absolutely exhausting. a friend dropped by the festival on friday night, after i'd been up and in "work mode" for about 12 of an eventual 15 hours that day, and i was telling her how my face hurt from smiling. she suggested taking "frown breaks", which turned out to be just perfect. it's not even that i was faking my smiles, it's just that i was in such an adrenaline-paced mode by that point that i wasn't able to release the smiling muscles in my face. 

perfect sweater in the etsy shop.
i came to the realization this weekend while talking to friends that i've been in "go" mode since the spring. i haven't really taken a break in about six months - it's just been project after project. my evenings and days off from my 9-to-5 have been filled with events and prep work and deadlines. which is incredible, because i've loved 90% of it, and 100% of it recently, but it's still a bit ridiculous. so today i embraced the slow. i putskied around my house to get little chores done, and returned to non-when nature fought back designs that have been set aside in recent weeks. 

perfect sweater in the etsy shop.
it's not like the long-term will be slow, of course - i'll be placing a bases order later this week for dyeing that needs to be done over the next six weeks or so, i'm finally able to start planning my holiday open studio sale for december, i can start conceptualizing the first fridays exhibition for manitoba craft council, i have two mini baby collections to get out between now and the winter holidays, i'm getting organized for my next big collection, and i have two new collaborative conceptual projects as a result of this weekend that will be happening in the next couple of years. but right now, my deadlines are being measured in months and years instead of days, and so that allows for some slow. which is just delicious.

perfect sweater in the etsy shop.

if you missed it, i was on tv on friday morning as part of fibre fest. you can check it out here if you'd like a laugh. 

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