deep thoughts.

(my new Starbucks inspired wreath)
I feel like a terrible blogger lately.
But really that is low on my list of things I feel terrible at right now.
Don't get me wrong...my life is BeaUtiful! I am so blessed.
But I am working through some ugly stuff.
*Like liking myself.
*Being irritated by those who choose to copy others work...whether it is a craft, or project or shop header....or using a charitable event as a a free for all copy time.
*How DO you deal with those people?
*Dealing with feeling left out and not good enough A LOT. Lot.
See...not pretty stuff...not Merry things.
But that is life, right?
I am trying so hard to focus on the present...to enjoy the season.
Because it is flyyyyyyyying by SO fast.
Remember when you were little...and Christmas being two weeks away was for. ev. er!
And now I feel it is practically over.
So I am purposing to slow down...more, more, more.
What things are YOU doing to enjoy the season?
Since I feel like it has been forever since I have added anything NEW to the shop...
As I was making some scarves for gifts (totally inspired by Julie)
I whipped up a couple of tot sized scarves...being sure not to leave out the boys...
...the boys always seem left out on Etsy.
They will be in the shop momentarily...
Ready to go in the stocking. :)

And to help me clear out some stuff...and make room for new ideas in 2010...

All items marked "RTS" are BUY ONE GET ONE 50% off!
Please check out as normal but wait for a revised invoice!

(RTS=Ready To Ship)

Will be shipping all RTS items regularly til Christmas...

AND

If you spend more than $50 (post invoice edit) I will upgrade your shipping to priority at no additional cost (you just pay the normal shipping fee)

:)
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27 comments:

Amy said...

So sorry you are feeling down! I have been reading this great devotional book called "40 Loaves" and it made me think of you because i know you have been having issues with your church family. I hope the Christmas spirit sneaks in and heals some of your funk!

-Amy
Crafting by Candlelight

sassypackrat said...

Dropping by to let you know that you are not the only one struggling now. I'm struggling with those "are my creative efforts good enough or even worth showing others?" moments alot lately. I feel for you and hope things smooth out and start to flow better in the new year!

Beth said...

love those fabrics!

Jessica said...

Hang in there! If we lived closer to one another I'd say..."coffee break!" And don't forget, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. You're just too darn creative!

Beth said...

oh,and...
ps thanks for the words today. i think it's just what i needed to hear. i have dropped the bomb and announced that next year, we're done feeling spread too thin. it will be good for us.

i'm not sure what's going on with you, but fuhget uhbout it! like dr.seuss said...'be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind.'

you are good enough, smart enough, and gosh darn it...people like you.
cheer up, charlie!

Teresa Tysinger said...

Hang in there. I'm sorry you're a little down. If it makes you feel any better, your blog always makes me smile. :) Enjoying the little things about the holiday is a little easier this year because our daughter is 1 year old and watching her see things like our Christmas tree, lights, a "ho, ho, ho"ing Santa and sprinkles on cookies for the first time is awe-inspiring.

Paul and Cheri said...

Crystal, I think what you hit on here, the whole convo about being copied, extorted, disrespected, etc. is the very reason I don't do an "art" blog. We just keep our blog random ... it is hurtful to your very soul when people don't respect your creativity and your honor as an individual and an artist. HOWEVER, not everyone is like that. I, for one, think you are so very gifted, beautiful and precious. So don't let the "ICK" out there extinguish your flame. There are gobs of us that truly love, adore and support you! xoxo

venus said...

It's frustrating indeed, I'm sorry. You're not alone. I struggle with similar things and often feel alone. Perhaps look at things in a different light. You are an inspiration to many people and what they do comes from you. There will always be people to take things and not give credit to those who truly deserve it, but in the end they don't last. It's YOU who will come out on top! It is YOU with the gift and talent. Don't waste time or effort on those people and redirect your energy to what you do best!

venus said...

It's frustrating indeed, I'm sorry. You're not alone. I struggle with similar things and often feel alone. Perhaps look at things in a different light. You are an inspiration to many people and what they do comes from you. There will always be people to take things and not give credit to those who truly deserve it, but in the end they don't last. It's YOU who will come out on top! It is YOU with the gift and talent. Don't waste time or effort on those people and redirect your energy to what you do best!

venus said...

Oh I forgot to mention... I was planning to do a sale in my shop too!

Sometimes great minds think alike!

SMILE!

:)

Trish said...

*hugs*

the way i dealt with people copying me was I had to stop looking! i became obsessed with trying to figure out what my competitors were doing and what they were copying now... it got to be ridiculous! anyways, since i've stopped, i've had more joy about etsy and crafting. besides my heart is in the right place and i am not stealing to get money. i will admit that since i can make a lot of what i see on etsy i do create a lot of it, but for gifts not for sale/money.

anyways, hope you have a great day!

Dawn said...

Sorry to hear that you are feeling a bit down right now. Just wanted you to know that you are an inspiration to me! Even though you will never meet most of the people who comment on your blog, know that you are touching the lives of many in an inspiring way!

Dawn said...

One more thing, I love your new wreath! :)

Kelley said...

I know I'm bad about commenting, but I think you are one of my favorite bloggers and I am so sorry you are feeling down. You have one of the cutest shops and I just love seeing all your cute things!

Praying for you!

Amy Bell said...

oh..your post made me sad. i love your blog....i think it is wonderful...i just gave your blog address to a friend the other day and called you my "online oprah"...:) just because...you have the best ideas and are so creative with your shop.....i am always so impressed with your new ideas...especially because i am going on 3 years of being just plain scared of my sewing machine...

i saw someone copy one of ideas the other day at a boutique...it bothered me...but, you know...i picked up and got a look at it...and, my workmanship was better. yep. i put it down with a smirk on my face. a look alike is not always the same...

xoxo

ArtGirlBlue said...

Aww...hang in there. You are a creative person and a fun blogger :) Don't feel down. Stay positive. Focus on all the good things...even the tiny ones. Bake something delish and give it to a neighbor...give extra hugs to your little ones...craft something for yourself...do something that feels good.

Amy Bell said...

..the scarves are gone! wow...that was fast. they looked so so cute!

Tammy said...

Hang in there - you are so very talented!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristi said...

Hang in there Crystal. I wish you heard the radio program I listened to this morning on Moody radio. It was about women who never think they are good enough. It reminded women that God loves you just because you are His. And that's good enough. Lots of people love you just because you are you. Sometimes I know (I am guilt too) we forget that. But most important is that we are good enough for God. (and when we aren't he will forgive us and forget all that bad stuff).

Cherry Tree Lane said...

I love your wreath.

And you <3

Candi said...

I have never commented on your blog and you may never hear from me again (even though I am reading pretty much everyday) but I sincerely look forward to reading your posts and seeing the fun crafts and ideas you come up with. Please don't get discouraged and keep those boys of yours smiling. They are adorable.

Miss G said...

Crystal, I know this won't be earth-shatteringly new to you but it was a wonderful reminder for me when I read it and as soon as I read your post I thought of this one so I'm considering it a God-nudge to send it to you. Kelly

http://www.incourage.me/2009/11/november-my-friend-ther-atheist.html

SarahRachel said...

Crystal- you really are amazing. I WISH I had something worth copying because I was left out of the creativity gene pool all together. I also wish that I had been able to spend more time with you several years ago when we were at the same church and in the same town sharing the same friends! I feel like I've finally gotten to "know" you through your blog and I was certainly missing out. You would be invited to all my events here if we were neighbors. =) God definitely made you fearfully and WONDERFULLY! =)

Texas Gal said...

I am sorry you are feeling down. I am a crafter and I can only imagine how mad I would be if someone stole my ideas. I can see where it might be flattering at first -- but then it would get old. Especially if I was selling the things I spend my time making... You are very inspiring to me. Although we have never met, I can "feel" your love for Christ, your sweet spirit, and your kindness in your posts. I come by daily to see how you and the boys are doing and what cute stuff you are making. Sounds a little stalker-ish but I think we'd be fast friends in real life. Thanks for opening up your little corner of the world to us -- hope things start looking up soon! Hugs ~

The Parrotts said...

I feel terrible that you are feeling so...well...terrible. Please don't feel "not good enough", because I can't tell you how awesome I think you are--and we've never even met! I came across your blog a few months ago, and have been hooked ever since! You are so incredibly creative, inspiring, compassionate...you are a role model to me as a (wannabe)crafter/decorator, Mom, wife, and Christian. Thank you so much for being so genuwine and your truly WONDERFUL blog...I hope you are feeling better soon. I've said a prayer for you today.

Blessings,
Nicki

Karen said...

I'm sorry you're feeling discouraged and that people are doing that to you. For what it's worth, I think you're a great mom, friend, and crafter.

And since you asked, one thing we're doing to enjoy the season is after dinner every night we have an advent reading, light the advent candles, turn off the other lights except the ones on the Christmas tree, and sing Christmas carols. The kids really love it, and sometimes they start dancing around and/or get out their toy drums and such to play along.

i love plum said...

love your wreath...your talents are vast my dear!!! just added your button to my blog...can't believe i didn't notice it sooner :O!!! hugs!

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