Monday, 21 November 2011

I couldn't be a politician....

See that text ? Miss Dunnit's age 7 best handwriting.....committed forever to rubber for her mama
Actually, I typed the title and between there and here I realise that a politician is EXACTLY what I could be.  Wanna know why?  Because my Manifesto is not being fulfilled.  You may remember from a post in October, when the going looked pretty good:
1. Make, whilst in the mood, whilst the going is good.  
2. Make and finish one thing at a time..midnight on the 24th December is not a time reserved for frantic finishing and crappy wrapping.  No, it ISN'T.
3.  Set a reasonable, seasonal deadline to finish the makes.  Mine is December 15. Then, I shall gracefully (!) accept if I've failed to finish and trot out to buy gifts where needed, and still have time to wrap them.  
4.  Do not get silly about this.  Do not make loads of stuff and then lose your nerve and decide against giving any of it away.  To this end, I recommend wrapping as soon as possible after finishing!
It's looking a bit wobbly at the moment; my inability to multi task is causing a bit of a problem.  So is my need to spend evenings on my butt in a big comfy chair with Mr Dunnit and the TV for company.  Ah winter, I blame you.  I have preparations underway, I have unfinisheds on 'set aside' and unstarteds on 'don't panic' piles, so I am still full of good intention. Which makes me horribly like a politician!  Except, and I say this in my best, professional defence barrister type voice (imagine the wig, will ya) - I've been honest about it, my lord, and not all politicians can boast that.  

Still how goes it for you?  Better, I'm sure.

28 comments:

Artyjen said...

Hopeless! Not one Christmas card made yet!!!
xoxo Sioux ;)

Annie said...

I have lots of piles [and none of them can be eased with cream!].
I have ....
In the process pile.
Working on in the evenings pile.
Need to get finished soon pile.
Customers sewing pile [done to a deadline]
2African dress piles...1. fabric [boxes full of it]
and 2. Cut out dresses [bags and bags full ready to sew]
In fact I actually think I must spend half my day just organising the piles :-)....maybe this is where I'm going wrong?
Hehehehe
Hugs,
A x
ps and I'm not into politics :-)

Lisa said...

I'm sort of getting real this year. I've given up trying to make all my cards, it's not happening, it turns into a chore and I end up resenting them. So I've got a select few list- people who will appreciate my effort.

I've made a couple of presents and have plans for a couple more, but nothing too excessive. That said I have had a couple of whopping great brilliant ideas, that would be just fabulous, but..... keeping my feet on the ground and not getting stressed is the main thing, so..... I've bought or decided on other presents and if I get chance I'll create and the recipients will get both. If I don't, well, I don't!

Sounds good, but ask me in a month........

Squirrel x said...

I'm impressed by the handwriting - far better than some of the bosses at work! I only have one pile this year hun - it's the "not a hope in hell" pile! Hugs Sxx

Helen said...

Well... my pile of cards now reaches (counts hurredly...) ooohh - 27... and I have bought - all of - one present - kind of by accident... that's it!! I haven't checked my card list yet - usually it tops 60. So a wee way to go! But at least with crafting in the living room means the TV is on - but of course then I get sucked into the TV and the crafting still doesn't get done!!
Good luck with your list. Oh, and I like Miss D's writing, the card is great!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Not sure about YOUR politicians, but the ones in the States tell people what they THINK they want to hear. Not a whole lot of fun. I have only met ONE truly honest politician and now he is deceased.

Speaking of the truth, I'm still working my way around WOYWW. hope to be finished today, but that's just the politician talking (grin).

Di said...

Wibble, wobble - don't fret. The best time of all is Christmas Eve when the shops close and you think that if you haven;t done if by then - too bad! This will come to pass - now, which shops sell good Christmas cards this year? :)) Di

Bella said...

As I showed you in my latest WOYWW I have LOTS of piles, in fact I have so many, some are under, next to and on top of my desk! However, non of them are "filed" in any particular order of chaos...they are very random, usually due to the fact that I need my desk clear for the next project and "make space" by building a new pile cos that pile of things does not fit any of my boxes titles...maybe I should have a box marked "piles" only it would have to be a moving carton size to fit it all in...can't win!

Mummylade said...

nope, not going better at all, you're in good company =)

Elizabeth said...

I so remember this list/manifesto of yours from last year :) `One of the best thing about Christmas is the day itself - if things are not done by then, it's too late to do anything other than enjoy yourself, such a relief :)) I so envy you having the forethought to keep Ms Dunnit's handwriting and having it made into a stamp ... why didn't I think of doing that ... off to look at all the memorabilia, surely I have the cards the children made 30 years ago somewhere! Elizabeth x

Dori Melton said...

I blame winter as well. I am such a bear and really want to hibernate once the weather changes. I have to work hard at not staying all covered up & cozy on whatever horizontal piece of furniture is available during this season.

Carola Bartz said...

Yes, that's the big difference, you're honest. They're not (at least not in this country, but I guess that is a universal sign?). Don't panic about getting things done - although, I should say that to myself as well since I'm way behind and there are so many other things to do!!!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Oh Julia . . I love the way you write your tales. Very entertaining.

I hate to tell you I'm nearly finished (put your tongue away).

Hugs, Sandra x

Sue Althouse said...

You've still got time, it's not even December......yet. Love your Manifesto and your frankness does disqualify you from politician status. That should make you happy.

Ann B said...

I'd vote for you Julia, more sense in your manifesto than all the others. I'm guilty of not meeting many of your pledges but the one that stands out is number 2 - I always have far too many things on the go at once. Lay in bed last night thinking 'should I finish my Christmas boxes, start on my journal, start on my altered book, finish my button tin, make the three birthday cards I need to make this week - oops - better go and make some cards.

Neet said...

I love the idea of setting a deadline and the 15th December sounds good to me. Hope I can join you with that one.

The Crafty Elf said...

Don't you find though that the most important things always get done? Priorities....it's still only Novemeber.

Sam said...

Haa Haa! So True. So very true!!

RosA said...

I concur most assuredly with all points of your manifesto! I have started and actually finished a batch of Christmas cards, which, as it is still November, is nothing short of miraculous! Can this level of miraculousness be maintained, that is the question, your honour?

Angie said...

I find it so hard to be focused this year...and when I do make a list ....I misplace it ...lol

Shoshi said...

Love your manifesto, Julia! I think it would ease my seasonal stress a lot if I adopted it for my own use!!

sandra de said...

I love your manifesto, I didn't even get round to making one. I think I will borrow yours. Very sweet card and lovely to think you have her writing captured in rubber.

Pam said...

Miss Julia...we're having issues here in the US of late, politics-wise. I see your post and I realize we could start a serious campaign. Who Dunnit for Prez. It doesn't matter one iota where you were born. We could do it! Are you in? There's time. Think about it. Maybe you could live in Hawaii. It's been done. No winter there.

Scrapcollectr said...

We could be two peas from the same pod. Lol. I seem to be most inspired by any deadline other than a self-imposed one. Like a toddler, I'm distracted by the newer shinier toy and the need for constant motion. Kinda hard to sit and mass produce anything. Tell me it's a universal crafter/artist trait... *smile* (Super cool idea to make your dd's handwriting a rubber stamp....)

Spyder said...

Here Here and a lot of groaning like polly tish ons....(which is what my brain says when I am trying to think how to spell that word) I shall now copy and print out your rules and abide by them! y' 'onor... (touch forelock...and bow)
(Lyn)

Ohhh Snap said...

At this time of year, it's like building on shifing sand lol. Throw in some shiny things to distract me every 5 minutes and it makes me pine for a revolving workspace with the middle stationary so I can shift projects just by turning the table a little not having to scramble everything together.

Ohhh Snap said...

PS I so wish I had DD's younger handwriting committed to rubber. What a fabulous thing to have :D

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