Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner. The sound of carols are starting to pop up in my brain as I look at the order sheet, and then at the piles of fabrics stacked on my worktable. How many days before Christmas orders have to be out the door? 41. The last possible date to ship and hope it will get there before Christmas is the 20th of December for me. I began to think; oh my it’s beginning, the holiday hustle. Much like a dance with specific steps every minute seems to count and I wonder, if only for a moment, will I get it all done? Is there any way to push Christmas back a month? I sort of secretly wish this each year… and then I just burst out laughing.
You see, one thing that I’ve discovered is like most artists, or at least a large percentage, I seem to work best with looming deadlines. I plan and scheme in my head, how this year will be different. This year I will be organized, I will do my bookkeeping each week and
I will not lose any receipts. I won’t misplace and find the same special order block I need for the quilt I am starting next and will always have the right color thread I need in the middle of the night when all the stores are closed. I will buy extra needles to make sure I’ve “got it covered” and never and I do mean never, run out of coffee. I laugh again as I see my empty coffee pot and think, oh yes, there’s that wonderful 24 hour store just down the road and maybe I can pick up milk too. Oh, I wonder if they have thread?
How incredible is it, that I’ve been able to create and sew for Christmas dreams and wishes for the past four years? Each year I get so excited about finishing up a quilt and getting it out in the mail. I imagine it all wrapped up and waiting under someone’s Christmas tree. Even though they don’t know me personally, I am part of Christmas’s all around the world and I am touched. I feel a bit like Mrs. Claus. I even have an elf this year for the first time. I must have been really good this year.So, I may not be rocking around the Christmas tree yet, but I am starting to feel the magic and hear the reindeer stopping on the roof. I wonder if when I’m at the store I should pick up carrots for the reindeer…. Do reindeer eat carrots or should I think more winter greens?