Friday, October 08, 2010

The Sound of Silence

"Only when one is connected to one's own core is one connected to others... And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be re-found through solitude."

-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

This last weekend was Fall Fest and solitude is not the word I would use to describe it. Due to a drain problem the kids area was moved into our craft and food area and there were a cacophony of generators whirring away near us. There was a train "toot tooting" all the live long day that started driving me bonkers about 4:00 pm each day. And there were sweet lovable Great Danes next to us that woofed so low and deep it would startle me from my thoughts.

But somehow within that din of white noise, children, trains and dogs I found the answers I've been seeking in some difficult soul searching questions.

So my silence is not one that is devoid of is rather a place within the heart beat of life itself. It is in the mighty roar of the ocean that I can truly find peace...or during a thundering rainstorm that my answers come. And since neither of those were handy the Universe threw together a recipe of sound that I could retreat into for a moment in time.

I must say it was a great weekend. The weather held out and it was just cold enough that people needed some knitwear. DH, sis and I had a great always...crafting and talking. We got locked out of our house...but that was okay too because we went out to eat and sat outside in the sunshine and enjoyed the night and really good food. We came away from the Fest with some great ideas and hopefully they will bear fruit.

I've recommitted myself to our store. I have a mission before next show to really streamline some ideas and to create some new options. As a family, we are going to have meetings once a month and see where everyone is and use them for crafting days where we catch up on stock. My personal goal is to create one item per week.

I think if we really committed ourselves...we could do really well with the store. The thing is we want to keep the balance we have now of friends and family. We spend so much time during the week on homework or just fighting to keep up with the daily stuff; that the weekends are really precious to us. We don't want to lose that down time because it is so necessary to us and our sanity.

My sister made me a little sanity bag that I love. It has a pinch of all kinds of good things in it and life is really like that. You don't need a lot...but you do need a bit of each of them to stay our case gaming...a little spice to change things up or to accent what you have...and sanity in a nutshell.

Hugs to all of you!

Happy crafting,




Geraldine said...

Being surrounded by noise can be so draining. I truly believe that the effects of noise pollution are only just beginning to be understood, for how harmful they can be. Sounds like you overrode that noise to find a very good space to be, that's great. I hope your plans come to fruition in the best possible ways.

I'm not a fan of AML (don't get me started on their family's story!) but I do agree with the quote. The photo you chose is lovely too.

Hugs my friend, G

Rue said...

TOOT TOOT ...just kidding. 8D

Having dedicated crafting time would help a lot; I might finally get the black t-shirt desgin done. It wouldn't have to be just for crafting, either...could also use that time to get stuff posted to Etsy, etc.

I also think we were too ambitious with all our ideas last year; we brainstormed up a tornado of things we could do, and then said WHEE let's do them ALL! instead of selecting and targeting a few priorities that we could actually get done.