Today is the first day of my Christmas Vacation, which, if you were paying attention last year, you’d know is really not a “vacation” at all.
I closed the book store on Sunday, got the last of the orders on their way yesterday, and today I am diving headlong into holiday preparations. I’ve been working on my swap package – the one that was supposed to go out on Saturday – remember that one? My poor, sweet, patient swap partner got stuck with frazzled, way behind on Christmas-related things, disorganized me, and I am determined to get this package in the mail tomorrow! That means I have to make the ornament today.
Now, here’s where the temporary insanity starts to creep in. The idea of putting away all of the sewing stuff, taking out all of the clay stuff, and getting it all set up the way I like, just to make one. little. ornament. seemed silly. Clearly, it would be a much more efficient use of my time to make 15 or 16 ornaments, assembly-line style that I could give as gifts. I mean, it just makes sense! You’re with me so far, I trust.
Well, let me just take it one step further. Assuming I am going to the trouble of making all of these ornaments anyway, what harm would there be in photographing the process and then writing a lovely little tutorial to share here? Um…. what? Ok, I’ll admit it. I did take all of the photographs of the process, but thankfully common sense kicked in before I killed an hour or two documenting the steps.
I stopped, looked at my work table and my camera, and my one little prototype ornament and said, “Get a grip, girl! This is no time for a tutorial!” And with that, I suddenly lost interest in the ornament-making process entirely. My little prototype sits there unbaked, while 15 undecorated stocking parts sit off to the side, waiting to be sculpted into something magical.
I’m hoping I can force myself back to the table tonight, but even if I don’t, I can at least pop this one in the oven and send it on its merry way tomorrow.
And you know, that tutorial may yet appear here! Maybe I have far less to do than I think. Maybe, if I find myself twiddling my thumbs after getting the tree up, sewing a few more gifts, knitting a few more gifts, claying a few more gifts, doing all of my shopping, and planning the annual Day After Christmas Party, I will sit down and show you how I make a stocking ornament. I mean, really. How long can all of those tasks possibly take, anyway??