What’s new for 2013? The Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank

Still cleaning up from Christmas with 4 kids, health what a mess of Lego, buy clothes, discount knitting needles & duct tape!  I’m sure that I am not the only one who gets a little philosophical about how much crap do we really need?

This year, ours really wasn’t too bad,  I had them fill out a letter to Santa like this one:

We had long talks about how much we have & what other kids don’t have.  They do a lot of charity work at school, so I think they really got it.  They didn’t ask for anything outrageous, but finding places for everything can get a little much.

I’m probably having this anxiety because at the same time, we’re cleaning out my husbands Grandparents house that they lived in for nearly 40 years.  There is SO much and it is getting overwhelming!  Lots of the things, I’m wondering why they kept them, until I really think about what that generation has lived through.  There wasn’t Tupperware, so you kept glass jars, they were useful for storage of things.  Its a long slow process and its plain to see what we think we can and can’t live without is very different from a couple generations ago.

My girls love home improvement shows, Extreme Makeover is their favorite, but any DIY show will do.  There were a few days they were on the couch sick, so I watched too.  Most of the shows are great, we’re going to be doing a house reno on Jeff’s grandparents place that we’re cleaning out, so I pick up tips and ideas about all kinds of things.  The location and style changes, the story is usually the same:

  • high expectations/unreasonable deadline
  • not enough $ to do what they want
  • behind schedule
  • cranky people

The episode that really made me nuts there was a couple that were building a house and were focusing on the master bathroom.  The fight became that the wife demanded to have a double sink.  She couldn’t possibly stand to wait for him while he brushed his teeth and needed to have her own sink.  They couldn’t afford it, and the husband was trying to talk her out of it.  She didn’t care & so off they went, into more debt than they could afford just so she didn’t have to spit in the same sink as he does.

That made me want to barf!!

My family of 6 lives in a small 1940’s house & we share pretty much 1 bathroom.  There is another bathroom in the basement that our oldest daughter uses (she’s the only bedroom downstairs) & the other kids use it once in a while.  Its not ideal, but you know what?? we talk to each other in there, we yell at each other in there & we do just fine.

I don’t know if these shows have given people an unrealistic expectation of what they ‘need’?  Don’t get me wrong, this upcoming house reno includes an en suite to the master bedroom, I really miss that!  I’m not trying to be self-righteous about how I live, it just really makes me question how the whole thing got out of hand?

I’m going to do my best to raise my kids with their feet firmly planted in reality and the rejection of ‘keeping up with the Jone
Still cleaning up from Christmas with 4 kids, recipe what a mess of Lego, remedy clothes, clinic knitting needles & duct tape!  I’m sure that I am not the only one who gets a little philosophical about how much crap do we really need?

This year, ours really wasn’t too bad,  I had them fill out a letter to Santa like this one:

We had long talks about how much we have & what other kids don’t have.  They do a lot of charity work at school, so I think they really got it.  They didn’t ask for anything outrageous, but finding places for everything can get a little much.

I’m probably having this anxiety because at the same time, we’re cleaning out my husbands Grandparents house that they lived in for nearly 40 years.  There is SO much and it is getting overwhelming!  Lots of the things, I’m wondering why they kept them, until I really think about what that generation has lived through.  There wasn’t Tupperware, so you kept glass jars, they were useful for storage of things.  Its a long slow process and its plain to see what we think we can and can’t live without is very different from a couple generations ago.

My girls love home improvement shows, Extreme Makeover is their favorite, but any DIY show will do.  There were a few days they were on the couch sick, so I watched too.  Most of the shows are great, we’re going to be doing a house reno on Jeff’s grandparents place that we’re cleaning out, so I pick up tips and ideas about all kinds of things.  The location and style changes, the story is usually the same:

  • high expectations/unreasonable deadline
  • not enough $ to do what they want
  • behind schedule
  • cranky people

The episode that really made me nuts there was a couple that were building a house and were focusing on the master bathroom.  The fight became that the wife demanded to have a double sink.  She couldn’t possibly stand to wait for him while he brushed his teeth and needed to have her own sink.  They couldn’t afford it, and the husband was trying to talk her out of it.  She didn’t care & so off they went, into more debt than they could afford just so she didn’t have to spit in the same sink as he does.

That made me want to barf!!

My family of 6 lives in a small 1940’s house & we share pretty much 1 bathroom.  There is another bathroom in the basement that our oldest daughter uses (she’s the only bedroom downstairs) & the other kids use it once in a while.  Its not ideal, but you know what?? we talk to each other in there, we yell at each other in there & we do just fine.

I don’t know if these shows have given people an unrealistic expectation of what they ‘need’?  Don’t get me wrong, this upcoming house reno includes an en suite to the master bedroom, I really miss that!  I’m not trying to be self-righteous about how I live, it just really makes me question how the whole thing got out of hand?

I’m going to do my best to raise my kids with their feet firmly planted in reality and the rejection of ‘keeping up with the Jones’

What do you think? Am I completely nuts??
Still cleaning up from Christmas with 4 kids, clinic what a mess of Lego, online clothes, tack, knitting needles & duct tape!  I’m sure that I am not the only one who gets a little philosophical about how much crap we really need?

This year, ours really wasn’t too bad,  I had them fill out a letter to Santa like this one:

We had long talks about how much we have & what other kids don’t have.  They do a lot of charity work at school, so I think they really got it. By no means did they get everything they put on the list.  They didn’t ask for anything outrageous, but finding places for everything can get a little much.

I’m probably having this anxiety because at the same time, we’re cleaning out my husbands Grandparents house that they lived in for nearly 40 years.  There is SO much and it is getting overwhelming!  Lots of the things, I’m wondering why they kept them, until I really think about what that generation has lived through.  There wasn’t Tupperware, so you kept glass jars, they were useful for storage of things.  Its a long slow process and its plain to see what we think we can and can’t live without is very different from a couple generations ago.

My girls love home improvement shows, Extreme Makeover is their favorite, but any DIY show will do.  There were a few days they were on the couch sick, so I watched too.  Most of the shows are great, we’re going to be doing a house reno on Jeff’s grandparents place that we’re cleaning out, so I pick up tips and ideas about all kinds of things.  The location and style changes, the story is usually the same:

  • high expectations/unreasonable deadline
  • not enough $ to do what they want
  • behind schedule
  • cranky people

 

The episode that really made me nuts there was a couple that were building a house and were focusing on the master bathroom.  The fight became that the wife demanded to have a double sink.  She couldn’t possibly stand to wait for him while he brushed his teeth and needed to have her own sink.  They couldn’t afford it, and the husband was trying to talk her out of it.  She didn’t care & so off they went, into more debt than they could afford just so she didn’t have to spit in the same sink as he does.

That made me want to barf!!

My family of 6 lives in a small 1940’s house & we share pretty much 1 bathroom.  There is another bathroom in the basement that our oldest daughter uses (hers is the only bedroom downstairs) & the other kids use it once in a while.  Its not ideal, but you know what?? we talk to each other in there, we yell at each other in there, there is lots of TMI & we do just fine.

I don’t know if these shows have given people an unrealistic expectation of what they ‘need’?  Don’t get me wrong, this upcoming house reno includes an en suite to the master bedroom, I really miss that!  I’m not trying to be self-righteous about how I live, it just really makes me question how the whole thing got so out of hand?

I’m going to do my best to raise my kids with their feet firmly planted in reality and the rejection of ‘keeping up with the Jones’

What do you think? Am I completely nuts??
Still cleaning up from Christmas with 4 kids, there what a mess of Lego, medicine clothes, sale tack, knitting needles & duct tape!  I’m sure that I am not the only one who gets a little philosophical about how much crap we really need?

This year, ours really wasn’t too bad,  I had them fill out a letter to Santa like this one:

We had long talks about how much we have & what other kids don’t have.  They do a lot of charity work at school, so I think they really got it. By no means did they get everything they put on the list.  They didn’t ask for anything outrageous, but finding places for everything can get a little much.

I’m probably having this anxiety because at the same time, we’re cleaning out my husbands Grandparents house that they lived in for nearly 40 years.  There is SO much and it is getting overwhelming!  Lots of the things, I’m wondering why they kept them, until I really think about what that generation has lived through.  There wasn’t Tupperware, so you kept glass jars, they were useful for storage of things.  Its a long slow process and its plain to see what we think we can and can’t live without is very different from a couple generations ago.

My girls love home improvement shows, Extreme Makeover is their favorite, but any DIY show will do.  There were a few days they were on the couch sick, so I watched too.  Most of the shows are great, we’re going to be doing a house reno on Jeff’s grandparents place that we’re cleaning out, so I pick up tips and ideas about all kinds of things.  The location and style changes, the story is usually the same:

  • high expectations/unreasonable deadline
  • not enough $ to do what they want
  • behind schedule
  • cranky people

 

The episode that really made me nuts there was a couple that were building a house and were focusing on the master bathroom.  The fight became that the wife demanded to have a double sink.  She couldn’t possibly stand to wait for him while he brushed his teeth and needed to have her own sink.  They couldn’t afford it, and the husband was trying to talk her out of it.  She didn’t care & so off they went, into more debt than they could afford just so she didn’t have to spit in the same sink as he does.

That made me want to barf!!

My family of 6 lives in a small 1940’s house & we share pretty much 1 bathroom.  There is another bathroom in the basement that our oldest daughter uses (hers is the only bedroom downstairs) & the other kids use it once in a while.  Its not ideal, but you know what?? we talk to each other in there, we yell at each other in there, there is lots of TMI & we do just fine.

I don’t know if these shows have given people an unrealistic expectation of what they ‘need’?  Don’t get me wrong, this upcoming house reno includes an en suite to the master bedroom, I really miss that!  I’m not trying to be self-righteous about how I live, it just really makes me question how the whole thing got so out of hand?

I’m going to do my best to raise my kids with their feet firmly planted in reality and the rejection of ‘keeping up with the Jones’

What do you think? Am I completely nuts??
I’ve struggled with the updating of my blog.  I don’t want it to be all jewelry or all life stuff.  I honestly don’t have a ton of time to sit down & get into creative writing.  SO, site   I joined a blogging group!  Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank

This group came to me through a fellow jewelry artist.  We post on a specific topic on the 20th of every month, help all at the same time.  Everyone comes from different places, so its going to be interesting to see their take on the topic.

I really don’t like new years resolutions – not many people actually follow through & I feel that it just sets people up for failure.  I’d much rather subscribe to a goal or life change.

Mine is more of a realization – growing self-confidence – If I don’t value myself & my business then no one else will!

I am a busy Mum of 4 kids, a real job, a farm, cows, horses, rental property – the list goes on and on.  I really love my silversmithing work, but until now, it has been pushed back.  I finally realized last week that it wasn’t life, or other people and commitments that were stopping me from working at it – IT WAS ME.

Secretly I didn’t take my work as seriously as I should have.   For me this was a bit of a hobby that turned into something more serious, but I didn’t really consider myself an artist.  It wasn’t until I was invited to show in the Western Showcase at Calgary Stampede last year that I felt like this was serious.  I kept thinking they made a mistake, that they were going to tell me they changed their mind.  I went in there surrounded by ‘real artists’ – they seemed different than me, the way they talked and expressed themselves was real.  Then I realized they all have other committments, real jobs – the difference between them & me is that they make the time to work on their craft.

So what is in store for me in 2013?  Its simple – I am committing to working at my bench/business for 2 days per week.  I am going to be at WORK, taking my self, my art & my business seriously.  I got some great advice from a great & wise friend, Gena Lacoste.  She said, “only YOU can give yourself permission to be an artist Shelagh. Go for it!”

Check out the other participants of the Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank:

pencilfox. www.pencilfox.com

Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com

Robyn Hawk: http://flyviewsandreviews.blogspot.com/

Natsuko Hanks http://jewelrybynatsuko.blogspot.com/

Christine Esovoloff: http://christineesovoloff.tumblr.com/

Sierra Keylin: http://sierrakeylin.blogspot.com/

Kathleen Krucoff http://mysticalmythicalmetalwork.wordpress.com

Barbara Donovan: http://barbaradonovan.blogspot.com/

WATTO Distinctive Metal Wear: http://www.wattoonline.com/news

12 Responses to “What’s new for 2013? The Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank”

  1. Mary Spencer said...

    Your friend Gina is a wise woman! I too have struggled with valuing my art and have not painted in years do to this. Your story was an inspirations to get back to it. Thanks!

  2. Shelagh said...

    Thanks, Mary. Gena is one of the wisest women & best friends ever!

  3. andes cruz said...

    Exactly! About resolutions setting you up for failure. I agree. Also, yes, about the art. only you can make you be what you are. It’s 99% in the head, but the rest follows!

    So glad you joined out group Shelagh, it’s nice to have more voices! And fellow canadians! 😉

  4. Shelagh said...

    Thanks, I really enjoyed it, great motivation for these monthly posts to not be the only ones I do.

  5. barbaradonovan said...

    I understand having trouble keeping up the blog – I struggle with that too. Wonderful to hear about your committment to your art!

  6. Shelagh said...

    I never think my life and work could be that interesting!

  7. Laura said...

    That is amazing, Shelagh. I’m so very happy and proud for you! And just so you know, you’ve always been a professional artist to me.

  8. Shelagh said...

    Thanks Laura, you’re a huge part of it with all your help with this website. Its something that I’m very proud of & happy to send people to my site with confidence!!

  9. Kathleen Krucoff said...

    So much wisdom from your friend and you. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  10. pencilfox said...

    welcome [back] to the world of blogging!

  11. Jewelry by Natsuko said...

    great read! I don’t know if I’m artist but anything come from within, it’s art! (I think…)

  12. Robyn Hawk said...

    Welcome to the Think Tank – I can relate, it seems like I never make jewelry anymore unless I take a class…

    Robyn