|(Of course, I loved the ones with sheep best of all)|
|(The detail-the stitching! Sorry about the glass reflection)|
I'm always impressed by someone who can focus on their art in a way that shows real commitment and accomplishment. I don't consider myself an artist in any sense of the word, but I do have a craft (actually, I should say crafts) that I love and I have great difficulty focusing my energy and attention long enough to actually produce any tangible results. I'm prone to blame farm work and animal care for my lack of productivity, but truly I think it's more a case of my being undisciplined and inefficient in the way I spend my time and energy. For me, there's a feeling of guilt associated with spending "too much" time spinning or knitting during the day, because on the farm, the work is never, ever really done. (Not to mention the washing, ironing, cleaning, patient files.....) There are so many crafts and activities that I'm interested in: spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, sewing, felting, embroidery, hooking, photography, gardening, cooking, reading, blogging, etc., etc. The longer I live, the more lengthy the list of things I want to learn becomes. So, my question is how do I learn to focus at this stage in my life? How do any of you ignore the distractions and temptations that will keep you from doing the things you love to do?