Helloooo wow, I’ve just made my way through all of the beautiful comments I’ve received these past few days from you all – thankyou X I feel so grateful to be able to do what I love, so it’s been a pleasure sharing this journey with you all. Last weeks “Spreading our Wings” blog hop was a great success. It was fun hopping around to see what everyone had produced; I am still hopping too! I also jumped online last night after a busy weekend to discover I was feature artist of the day for The Brave Girls Club on Saturday. That was such a nice surprise! And thank you Kathy X This is my birdie that was featured there.
Wow wasn’t last month just jam-packed! It’s really thrown me off course and deadlines have not been met. I’d planned to have all sketched illustrations drawn up properly ready to print, all card designs drawn up ready to print, test runs of cards completed and my own Etsy store up and open. I also planned to have my range of greeting cards ready and delivered to Shop Ate Cafe & Store where Guy Mirabella has been so lovely in offering to sell them on my behalf. I now feel like I’m back in highschool explaining why I haven’t handed in my assignment on time. Michael said “you really shouldn’t worry and put yourself under pressure, Guy isn’t going to care”. I said “I know he won’t mind, it’s up to me, but I said I’d have them ready by November and even though it’s my own deadline I want to look professional and keep to my timeframes.”
I must also share here that Guy’s new cookbook is now available. It’s the most beautiful cook book I have seen to date and it has a recipe for one of my most favourite sweet things that he makes in his cafe; “Katherine Hepburn Brownies”, m mmm. This book is definitely on my Christmas “wish” list (hope hubby or family are reading this x)
Anyway, yes so I didn’t get all I wanted / needed to get done in October. Humph! I’ve been defeated and been quite down on myself this past week. Really frustrated, likely grumpy out of the blue too, which usually also results in teary at the drop of a hat. My husband Michael has been lovely saying don’t put so much pressure on yourself. This was after he realised why I was so grumpy and emotional. “You can only do what you can physically do Liza.” I crashed out a couple of times last week too, falling asleep solidly for 13 hrs! I just had October all planned out and ready to go so everything would be completed at the start of November in time for the early birds wanting to get organised for Christmas with cards and presents. Then Tully’s date for his operation came up, so I lost 2 weeks there, and our MYOB files for our Architectural business was completely overhauled and I had to learn how to enter and re-enter stuff in time for BAS at the end of the month. So my 4 weeks of art productivity went out the door. So frustrating. I felt completely defeated. Defeated by myself possibly. The good news is I did complete my new illustration for the blog hop in time. I also got online and set up Liza Zeni on Etsy. Yes it’s there ready and waiting. I now just have to upload my work to begin selling it. I have all the illustrations I wanted completed and just 2 more Christmas cards to draw (tonight). Gift tags are sorted. Envelopes, bags and beautiful paper to print on has been purchased. I’m almost there…probably just a couple of weeks behind. I think I’m going to have to learn over time that I am also number one a Mum, number two a wife, number three a friend, and that I also have other obligations and all these things will take time away from my art and I need to learn how to juggle this. But more importantly I need to learn to be patient, to enjoy the moments in each day, to enjoy each step of this fabulous creative journey. I did make sure I did that this weekend. I spent quality time with my family and friends. I was exhausted last night, but my heart was certainly replenished and I was happy again.
I know many of you reading this have your own deadlines and commitments at the moment. Such a stupidly busy time of the year. I just want to say Christmas isn’t the end of the world. Try and enjoy every moment of what you’re doing and more importantly enjoy your family and friends. Have fun, but enjoy!