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Living a Little Quiter

I'm an avid traveler. I like to explore and I like to go places to see things for the first or hundredth time. Since coming back from America in mid-January, I find that I have been living a little quieter than I had been before.

Now don't get me wrong, I've got a ideas and travel plans already booked, but for the moment, it's nice to just take life as it is.

I mentioned in the previous post that I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to do in this next decade. I know that I want to work on myself and being happier with who I am, where I am, as I am.

Will it be perfection? No, but then again, perfection would be boring.

I have spent a lot of time cross-stitching lately. Last year at some point, I had bought all the cross-stitching kits in my city, so I went online to buy one to work on. I saw this really beautiful one with a scene of cherry blossoms, so I went for it. But I didn't look at the dimensions of it (rookie mistake!), so I wound up with what is basically a small tapestry.

The stitching is small making it from a distance quite impressive, but this also means it will take hours upon hours to finish. I have probably put a few hundred into it already, and I'm not even 1/5th done with it!

I'm not bothered by it. In all honesty, opening it in excitement to have busy hands again, only to discover that it huge, gave me a good laugh. Only I would buy something so extravagant on accident!

I've also been watching a lot movies lately. I like to have background noise while I work on something.

The biggest problem I have with getting a shiny new craft to work on is I tend to start to ignore other things that need to get done. I'm pretty singularly focused when I've got a new art project to work on. But I'm also the first to bounce around and change from making hats to embroidery to writing to just about anything else I've got my mind on.

I remember growing up, watching in a muddle mix of confusion and fascination that my mother never had idle hands. Didn't matter what we were doing - watching a movie, a TV show, sitting and talking - she always had something in her hands and was working. Whether it was crocheting something, cutting out patterns, sewing snaps on her doll clothes, embroidering dish clothes, you name it, she always had something in her hand.

One of the first things I did in Japan was start collecting bags of different partially started or finished crafts.

Guess that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

But here's my big dilemma. I'm not going to be in Japan for much longer, so I have to finish all the crafts I started here or I will be bringing home extra bags of unfinished items! (And you best believe that I am not going to leave a single item behind!)

When I went home for Christmas, I brought home a few hats for my mother to add to her craft bins. When I pulled them out of my suitcase and gave them to her, she laughed and said, "You really are my daughter!"

So I may be living a little quieter right now, not traveling nearly as much, but I'm staying busy in my very own way. Maybe I can use some of the skills I've learned on cross-stitching a small tapestry to become a better artist!

What are you up to lately? Have things been busy or quiet for you?

Sending lots of love,

Laura Ann

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