Thursday, November 4, 2010

Low Productivity

Hello, bright eyes! It's nice to see you!
The other night we had a yummy Mexican dinner with friends. She and I were talking about what we "do" and as I said, "I'm not a producer," I realized that this is VERY, VERY true. When I make things, complete things, well, it's a rarity!

Curtains for Jenny's former town home - took me forever!

Magic wand: a couple of hours and then Sue made one, too. Blog projects often reach completion.

I worked on this cardigan for a long time and then it felt so tight in the shoulders. I save it because I like to look at a knitted item that I actually completed. Note: this is at least two DECADES old.

Cross stitch: VERY low producer in this realm!

SOMETIMES, I paint wood and add knobs.

And at least ten years ago, I actually completed a wall papering job. Stay with me, play along.

Before Kelli and Bryan sold their first home, I actually completed this set of curtains. I'm glad I took a picture.

Okay, so now I feel better. Smile. My creative pursuits do not produce quantity, but I still appreciate the joy of creating, the process more than the product. I like that sage advice I've picked up from several wise bloggers: Do the next thing. Thank you.

I hope some light shines on your squishy heart today.

By the way, I LOVE reading about other peoples' projects, their plans, their joy upon completion. I really DO! Do you?


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Pom Pom Sweetie...
What a beautiful share, and see you are a producer of many items that you have made with your own two hands. I love this post. So darn cute.

Love the curtains you conquered too. Job well done.

Now that magic wand, I think I need one of those for changing things about my house. Is it working for you?

The last photo is my fav. Home sweet home. I always leave a light on for you. Priceless Pom Pom, just priceless.

Have a gorgeous Thursday sweetie. Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

One thing about having Works In can enjoy them for a very long time....if you choose! When they are done it is great joy and satisfaction, too! Either way it's a Positive Project! Your knitted sweater is lovely...mine is still a WIP...I'm enjoying it that way too. I am using my of my favorite projects done with YOU!

wayside wanderer said...

I love the process of some projects and those are the ones that actually get done. I have a ton that doesn't get done. I look at it, shrug my shoulders and say, "Eh."

I like your projects. There is a theme...they are all red! Maybe you planned that.

Blogging is a project, a fun one!

Blessings on your day, Pom Pom. I hope it is a great one!

GretchenJoanna said...

Pom Pom, blogging was invented for people like us, who can create blogs--in quantity, too! I was just getting ready to blog about some of my old projects, decades old like some of yours.

Firefly said...

You are too a producer! All the creative juice & energy it takes to teach ELA and continuously find interesting lessons and projects is a big production - BIG.
And all your sewing and knitting (wow! that sweater looks hard) looks wonderful!

Brad M said...

You complete the important ones. you decorated the handkercheifs I use to this day. The cross onthe wall and outside my house and in yours. The cute bunting. The poem you wrote about gpa that got published. You are very productive where it counts. Beethoven only wrote 9 symphonies, but they all counted.

Gumbo Lily said...

You, dear Pom Pom, are a producer of lovely words and drawing pictures. I am always amazed by your notebooks full of thoughts and illustrations to go with!

I like the things you've made by hand. I am always, always awed by your knitters.

I'm in "creative mode" right now and will share soon something I've been fiddling with.

Take joy!

Green thumb said...'s beginning to look a lot like Christmas your home, isn't it? :)
Happy weekend!

Kerri said...

It doesn't matter how long it takes, you still get there in the end! I am in awe of your knitted cardigan!

Betty said...

I love the doesn't fit jumper, could it be recycled? it's too pretty to be tucked away - sleeves off and becomes a scarf or cushion? xxx

Anonymous said...

I am so behind on reading and commenting...but I can SO relate to not taking a project to completion! Solution...I don't start them anymore! Hope you had a great vacation! How was Monday after a week off and Halloween candy!?!?

Angela said...

But you produce great WORDS and you produce INSPIRATION [esp for your students] and best of all, you produce SMILES on our faces and WARM FEELINGS in our hearts!

Those things are mre valuable than cross stitch samplers and gingham curtains

Blessings on you PomPom, for ALL that you share with us xxx

melanie said...

Your home is just lovely! Love reading your blog Pom Pom :) xxx

libbyquilter said...

quite a lot of production here Pom Pom~! and you forgot to mention your fabulouly fun butterfly shawl~!!~

i agree; focusing on the process makes life much much MUCH more enjoyable. products are great but process is FUN~!


Pom Pom said...

Mary, Monday was HARD but the week got progressively better. Whew!
Angela, Thank you for your kind words. It means so much!
To everyone: YOU GUYS are so sweet and dear - such an encouraging group of GOOD PEOPLE!

April said...

I think you make a lot! You sewed curtains for our kitchen and Aria's room. You have knit many projects (bags, tea cups, blankets, shawls, etc.) and all your crosses. The list could go on and on! You are very creative!

Anonymous said...

I do love hearing about others projects and plans ~ it inspires me!

Your projects are lovely!

Sunday blessings,

Heart Felt said...

You have done well Karen! I'm certainly one to only do projects that I can finish in one sitting. I never get back to them otherwise. I'm in the process of making a summer bonnet for Sadie....I'm up to model 3. The first one is in rubbish, the second alright, but not 100% right. Third time lucky I hope! xx

The dB family said...

Pom Pom, you are not alone! I find blogging gives me a little bit of accountability which is why I am still plugging away at some of the projects I started. I love, love, love the gingham curtains that you have made. I want gingham in my new kitchen :o).