Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Has it Really Been a Week ...

... since my last post? Time keeps slipping though my fingers.

Once upon a time, I was girl that THRIVED on deadlines (sometimes meeting them by the skin of my teeth, but ALWAYS meeting them ON TIME) ... and then I moved to Florida. It took me a while, but I finally accept that I have grown acustomed to Florida time. Did you know that here in Florida (at least in the southwest) "soon" can be anytime between the next ten minutes and ten months (some might even argue ten years)? At least I think that's what's going on ...

Case in point #1: I still haven't sent out my Christmas cards or had my holiday "Make-n-Bake" fest. Has anyone noticed the first week of January has nearly passed?

Case in point #2:

What's that, you ask? It's the beginings of The Cigar Box Shrine for the
Auction for Oaxaca Street Children ... remember THIS? I waited way to long to get started ... till late last week ... pan out a little and you'll have this:

Right now I am at about this point:


They're due to Rebecca on January 10th (to be considered for inclusion in Pasticcio Quartz - no guarantee, of course, but it would have been exciting to be considered). It's January 7th. I'm missing that deadline. I'm bummed, but I did this to myself. Thank goodness the shrined can be received until the end of the month to be included in the auction.

Case in point #3: I signed up for a post card exchange way-back-when with a "must be mailed" date of 12/15 ... I made it to the post office on 12/22 ... the saving grace is that I wasn't the only one & the hostess, JennLui at
A Trinket Treasury is a generously kind spirit. So not to be a spoiler to the recipients, the two shots below are just snipets of two of the cards:


In a nutshell, if it isn't Florida time that's gotten its hold on me, then I am seriously clueless as to why I have been such an utter and total flake ... anyone have any ideas how I can cure this terrible malady?!?


Marilyn said...

I think the answer to 'why?' is in your About're a breather, a be-er, etc. I think you're thriving in a different way these days...OR, maybe it was that birthday you had last May-hehee-sorry, I couldn't resist:)
By the way, your shrines look like they're going to be real beauties!

rebecca said...

mi corazon,

i am well versed in the art of mas o menos...shrine on my friend..(some deadlines are simply little nudges of encouragement).

beautiful shrine..allow it to unfold...

pasticcio is still in reach!


Brenda Heisler said...

You are creating some great stuff. Your shrines are really special and colorful. Love the last one.

Anonymous said...

ya know what?

Lately I have been taking notice of things like wot-you-said.

In the light of, maybe I signed up for this but in 20/20 hindsight the project/challenge/art deadline isnt really me.

Maybe you are discovering the at that REALLY IS YOU, and allowing the rest to slide...

lynne h said...

shrine on? boy, THAT'S nice!

i'm smiling here, michelle... i have the exact same condition and i live in conservative, ranch country northern california! it can't be the location!

i sure like your shrine... looking *very* good.

yes, shrine on... may we all shrine on (like the moon and the stars and the sun...)

jennlui said...

hee hee!!! oh you're so awesomely cute!!! i think i'm operating on some otherworldly time as well... i guess it really doesn't help that being at home with my daughter full time for now, time and days kind of meld together... hee hee!!! i think it's fun... who needs deadlines anyways!!! ha ha ha!!! no worries, all in due time right???

oooohhhhh i LOVE your little sneaky peeks of your postcards... i can't WAIT to receive them!!! i know they'll just be gorgeous!!! just as you are!!!

peace and love to you!!!

Janet said...

You aren't alone! I tend to sign up for things on the spur of the moment and then when the deadline looms on the horizon, I panic! I'm trying to set some limits for myself regarding that but we'll see!

I love the shrine and the glimpse of the postcards...they look beautiful!

cindy said...

LOL! I can't help ya...cause I seem to be suffering from it as well! And I need to be doing things and I keep drifting back in here to gawk at the computer! :D


Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Oh little friend...I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that gets in over my head! LOL Your Shrine is going to be beautiful...Rebecca is going to love it! By the way, there is another SWAP going on...giggle, giggle, giggle...Just sent you an email about it! What are friends keep us on track and send us nudging reminders...or a BIG FREAKING CALENDER! LOVE YOU!

Anonymous said...

This looks gorgeous so far! I cant wait to see the finished piece :)
And if it makes you feel any better I'm missing the deadline too. I should have mine finished by tomorrow which means it wont be arriving until next week :)

3rdEyeMuse said...

did you all happen to find my perscription on the floor? seriously, all your comments have been EXACTLY what the doctor ordered!

thank you.

Lea said...

How lucky you are to live in Florida time!!! Soak it in, that going by the time outside of time! Your time! What a wonderful thing... I love what you are making... XO

adrienne said...

I suffer the same malady...

Your projects look awesome, nonetheless!

julie king said...

i've seen a lot of bloggers posting about a case of the non-creative blahs. i've certainly had it. just go with the flow and pretend you are a-ok and soon you will be!

Robyn said...

Aah another Taurean. I'm the 12th May. When are you?

Sounds like a case of African Time to me....or its that December/January lethargy I've been talking about.

The shrine is looking good!

Chris said...

Oh, Michelle.... I haven't STARTED my shrine! I'm a complete slug!!

Tonight I went to my nephews' for dinner and late gift exchange, so still didn't get work done. We had a wonderful time, but still...these deadlines, on which I used to do my best work, have become elusive... Is time going FASTER? I hate to keep asking that, but I have four pages for a collaborative journal, 6 butterflies for the Holocaust museum, the shrine, and two journal pages, still to send out.

My point is: you are a trooper! Don't worry about what time zone you're on, just keep on keeping on. We've embarked on a year of peace and good works. And look at what great work you've done. Really lovely. It helps me, inspiration-wise. Thanks for sharing your process!

Kate said...

Hi Michelle,

Thanks so much for stopping by with kind words!

I'm with you on the deadline thing. I used to think I was deadline-driven, as I'd procrastinate until it was ALMOST too late, then cram to get it done and do my best work.

Now... not so much. Maybe your process has evolved to the point where you need to work on your own inner time schedule. When it's done, it's done.

I think your new pieces are tantalizing - I look forward to seeing the finished results!


Janet said...

I'm in the same boat as you...I think it's because I had so many other things on my mind...starting to free up now, tho :-)

AwtemNymf said...

Hi Sweetie *waves*
Ya know I find myself doing this a couple times before and I realized it so I could put a STOP to it. But when I sign up for something.... I NOW try to do it right away otherwise I get distracted and put off and procrastinate. I get side tracked and Blop (blog hop) and stalk. GUILTY! I know how long it takes for me to complete a project... so that's why I put off. BAD IDEA!! No more! I NOW try to get to them right away. It's best to be ahead then behind! IF all else fails- UNPLUG the computer! hahaha it DOES work!
Good Luck!!
Hugs & Faerie Dust!

AwtemNymf said...

btw- beautiful stuff! Love the shrine! Lovin' the incorporeation of beads and such! Fab work!!

Gail Lackey said...

Ohh deadlines...Booo
Miss "P' says a "no no"...After that I know nothing!LOL!
As for snorty husbands do you have one of those nose pincher thingys???.You can borrow mine!
Hugz, Gail & Mis "P"

girl_gone_thread_wild said...


You are spectacular! There are so many great things about 2008 and YOU are one of them!



Give yourself permission to wipe the slate clean where you need to, start fresh.. isn't that what the NEW YEAR is all about?

What a beautiful start.. 2009 might just be your best year yet.. you are LEARNING & TEACHING so much here on your blog..

BRAVO for already learning so much in 09, and it's just barely started!


guess what else?

You won my gift box!

Zip your addy over, I'll see about getting it sent on Monday. Art on, monica :)

As Seen Through My Eyes.... said...

OH, me too! I missed the Shrine deadline.... but thanks for letting me know that I still have till the end of the month. It's almost....just about....nearly done!

dkuroiwa said...

No really...if you happen to come across a cure for this malady, do please share it with me and everyone else who happens to suffer from the same!
Holy Hell...I'm thinking that "Florida Time" is an 'international' concept because we sure have it over here as well...and, honey...believe me..I have made it MY TIME!!!
Love those last very wonderful!!

Chris said...

p.s. You have excellent taste! :-)

Kate said...

Hi Michelle,

I'm so glad you enjoyed my cooking post this week!

Have a good one,


Gail Lackey said...

The clue to the cure for time lapse according to miss"P' etiquite book says "drink two bottles of wine and go to bed..if you wake up in your own bed your on the right time..if you wake up in someone elses..turn the clock back an hour and sneek out, and drink two more bottles and repeat the experiment! ..eventually you will see that time does not matter.. things will happen whether your there or not!
Hugs, Gail & and the prophetic Miss "P":

Sabii Wabii said...

I say sign up for a blog-aversary drawing...and WIN!
I already have your addy...Thank you for becoming my blog buddy Michelle!

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...Virginia must have the same time as xmas cards and bake session/gingerbread houses never happened this year, either.

I really love the shrines!


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