I have been so very busy the last week. I am trying to get a volume of work done by December the 7th when I will be attending the Keystone Summit in my husband’s industrial park. This is a Christmas show in Warrendale, PA where my husband works for Heinz. I am excited about the exposure. I will be one of 5 or 6 artists/artisans displaying my fiber art for sale. I am a lacemaker that designs fiber art that is framed or on keepsake boxes as well as original designs of jewelry and snowflakes. My work is on display at The Blue Heron Art Gallery in Volant, PA as well as online at http://www.snappytatter.etsy.com, my online Etsy shop.
Trying to get enough work made for this Summit has turned out to be quite the task. Tatting is not a fast process and I have been shuttle-tatting for about 10 years now. You would think it would get faster! Although I can continue to tat without staring unwaveringly at my hands, the process of tying tiny knots over and over can only go so fast. I was crocheting little posies the other night and my husband was saying “Wow! I can’t believe how much faster that is!”. Indeed, it is. And I do love to crochet although it makes my wrist ache after sometime.
So. Up and at em’! Rise and shine. I am up by nine. In my studio by ten. Then I get to work tatting or finishing my lace into a garden or jewelry. I work in my studio till 5 pm simultaneously answering emails, taking Etsy orders, creating, designing, organizing, photographing…the list goes on. At 5, I wrap things up and take a break to hang with the husband. Then it’s back to tatting, with a break for dinner, till 10 o’clock at night.
I like routine. I like my days to stay the same. I work well by myself. I never get lonely and rarely go anywhere except to the post office two blocks away and occasionally out with my husband. I manage my time well. And I will work hard for this Summit. I will do my best. In the end that is all you really can do.
One of my favorite quotes…
Success is not how far you get…it is how far you’ve come.