This week was a struggle for me to find any personal motivation and inspiration. I did try...
I started it off pretty strong with a batch of homemade Banana Nut Muffins (LOADED with pecans!) to give us some energy for the yard work we had planned. Pat did the mowing while I worked on picking up any debris in the yard that might get in his way. His work was cut short when he ran over a yellow jacket nest and was chased inside with a couple of stings on his hand.
Since the lawnmower was abandoned in the front yard, Pat was done for the day, but I was able to resume my stick-collecting as I had already covered the front yard. It was so hot outside, I did don my swimsuit so I could jump in the pool to cool off.
Out there, I discovered this pretty little mushroom.
Between yardwork and the jump in the pool, I worked up an appetite and needed a good snack before dinner.
I was tickled with my little charcuterie plate.
Before long, we were back out by the pool to grill up dinner.
I was up bright and early on Monday to get the day started with what's become my usual routine- Doodling and planning my day from the porch swing!
I spent most of the morning on household chores and errands and found myself struggling to focus on anything in the afternoon. But, I did have two Etsy sales!
As we watched TV that evening, I got a little silly.
I'm hoping to get a little video of this with her tail wagging. It's hilarious!
On Tuesday, I was up before the sun.
While returning from the mailbox to send out the sales from the day before, I spotted these air potato leaves across the street.
I was glad to see that something likes to eat these invasive plants and really dug the lacy texture that remained. Despite all that, I had trouble getting inspired to create. I did cross off most of the tasks on my to-do list and TRIED working on re-stocking my Bead Box - but didn't get very far.
My notes say that Wednesday was mostly spent in the craft room, working on jewelry. But, I don't remember making much of anything. I know I worked on stocking my bead box and sorted jewelry for the booth at SAA, but I'm not sure anything really got made. Thursday was similar except that I actually stocked the booth in preparation for Super Second Saturday.
Friday is usually my big cleaning day, but I just wasn't feeling it. I did get to a few of the necessities but spent the afternoon breaking down tin and watching YouTube videos.
At least it was something!
Saturday morning was fairly lazy as I continued the tin-cutting and video-watching in the morning. Then, we had some pool and grilling time in the afternoon.
I even did something I NEVER do - took a selfie.
I felt like I needed to document just how long my hair is getting. It hasn't been this long in something like 12 years!
Throughout the week, I made sure I took five minutes each day to participate in #SouthernGals5Min on Instagram. It's a five-minute challenge from Tiffany of @SouthernGals_Designs that encourages you to create for just five minutes. Since my inspiration was waning all week, it was the perfect challenge to make sure something happened on my desk!
I forgot to mention it last week, but I'm just using old UNO cards that I prepped with a layer of some kind of scrap paper. Here are my results for each day this week.
I'll admit that I've totally gone over the five minutes on a few of these to finish them, but not by much. This challenge is a great jumping-off point to have a creative warm-up and get in the mood.
If you're looking for some inspiration for the week, here's what I found:
- Here are three styles of Origami Earrings that you can make.
- Speaking of earrings, how about another Earring Tutorial from Moois Van Me?
- Rena of Jewelry Making Journal shared a DIY for making an adjustable beaded ring.
- Over at Rings and Things, I discovered this tutorial for making leather bracelets with two finishing methods.
- I'm a sucker for almost anything in the "Farmhouse Style" so these DIY Fabric Roses in that style caught my attention.
- Check out these photos of Abandoned Churches. They are stunning.
- This assemblage Flower Art is so fun.
- My Modern Met also shared Five Tips to help you organize your art studio.