Crunch Time


I am always so busy this time of year. My fiber arts business booms in the colder weather, and with the holidays approaching. I also set aside quite a bit of time to make presents for my friends and family. Handcrafted gifts are, in my opinion, much better than anything you could find mass produced in a store. They have a personal touch and a sense of devotion that you just can’t find anywhere else.

This year, I was especially strapped for time, despite giving myself a head start on creating presents. First of all, RT has started teething, making her one unhappy baby. As anyone with kids will already know, every endeavor becomes more difficult and time-consuming when there’s a little one screaming.

Secondly, I undertook a project that means quite a bit to me. I posted before about the Strength Through Adversity Project and my participation as a model. The initial plan was to release the photography series as a book, but when those leading the effort went their separate ways, the photographer was left without a means of publishing. After consulting with the many people involved, a decision was made that gallery showings and a website would be the best ways to share this impressive work with the public. As a web designer, I offered up my skills.

The website was completed in the wee hours of December 6th, just in time for the grand reveal. I’m very proud of the way it turned out. I really believe it’s some of my best design work, and the public seems to agree. The number of views the site is getting on a daily basis is just astounding. The impressive traffic is very well deserved. The Strength Through Adversity Project is an absolutely incredible series. The photographer asked the models to showcase their biggest insecurities, and the results are simply breathtaking. Personally, I feel that this collection is vitally important on a societal level. So often, we see images of airbrushed models and celebrities, and it can make us lose sight of what real people look like, as well as their unique beauty.

Thankfully, I have been able to accomplish everything I set out to do this season on schedule (even if this blog entry is being posted a little late in the day). I’ve finished crafting all the gifts I’m making for friends and family. The website was completed with hours to spare. Everything we still needed to buy is on its way – there are some items I just can’t possibly knit or crochet. Overall, I think this is going to be an amazing holiday season for me and mine. Now, I need to get the house cleaned up a little more. That’s probably the biggest task on the list, but I swear I’ll get it done!

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