Lately it has been really difficult for me to find the time and energy to get out into my sewing room / design studio / workroom to create new stuff for my online shops. It is still not totally organized from our flood last year as so many things from the rest of our house had to be moved out there so they wouldn’t get ruined from all of the water. Most everything that was hauled out there has now been returned to its rightful place, but that took so much time and energy that I haven’t gotten around to organizing all of the drawers, cupboards, and shelves. It’s not bad . . . but I’m just not feeling like it is “finished.”
So, I try to get out there as often as possible and keep sorting and organizing, a little bit at a time, but it has been really challenging since I’ve been teaching on online ESL classes early mornings and a few late nights. Often times I am too tired to tackle anything that requires much physical or mental energy when I’m finished teaching, and then I get rather overwhelmed with the housework, laundry, blogging responsibilities, writing and editing tasks, my other online teaching job, and general life responsibilities. I do the best I can to keep up with everything, be even when I manage to stay on top of all those things, I still miss the fun of creating stuff.
I realize this might not be new, earth-shattering information to most of you . . . but it was great fun for me to discover that I can digitally “create” designs for different products using a print-on-demand website (or “create-on-demand”). It allows me the opportunity to manipulate different digital images that I discover or create, add text or superimpose additional images until I have an image that I want to use, and then digitally add an image to various products. Even when I simply have no energy left to get up and wash the kitchen floor (fortunately I did that yesterday!) or vacuum the living room carpeting (today I hope!) or start a new sewing project, I can hang out here at my computer for a while, listening to some great music, and “make” something fun!
This morning I was scheduled to teach online classes from 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. As I entered the classroom, I realized that the student wasn’t there yet. Usually the students are in the classroom before I am scheduled to open my camera and microphone, so I can always tell right away when they are there. Today, however, the time came for me to open my camera and microphone, and the classroom timer began counting down . . . and my student did not appear.
In about three minutes I received a message that the student would not be coming to class today – so I got to sit in front of my computer (getting paid anyway even with no student there!) and work on my fun digital creations. It was one of those situations that would not have allowed me to walk away from the computer (just in case the student actually did show up!) to work on anything else, but I was able to play around for a while with some fun new autumn designs for pillows, mugs, tote bags, and a few other products.
If you find yourself running out of blocks of time to do big, creative projects or you just don’t have the energy on some days to tackle those kinds of projects, think about doing some digital creating. It really is a lot of fun, and I’ve had pretty good success with some of my designs selling in my little online shop, Graceful Home Studio. If you want more information about how it works, you can contact me and I’ll be happy to tell you all I know.
Here are a few of the designs I’ve created in the “Autumn Days Collection” at Graceful Home Studio . . . .