November has arrived can you believe it?  I’m a few days late, but I just turned over the calendar to November and let out a gasp.  It’s a short month, made even shorter with Thanksgiving.  Christmas is barreling at us full force! Are you ready?

When I get too busy with projects, I have a tendency to wander off for a bit and create diversions. A really bad habit, and I admit, part of my character.  I was thinking about the newsletter I have to write, the projects I should be working on and instead,  I picked up the camera and took few shots in the studio. 

Here’s my first glitter house purchase for the season, right from EBay! Yes, it’s pink and it’s occupying a place in the studio right now!   

Sugar House 

How about this one?  My jars of buttons on the studio work table.  See the jar in front?  It’s a vintage refrigerator jar and it’s filled with glass buttons (also an EBay purchase).  I angled the camera not the table, don’t worry.   

Jars of buttonsAnd then I thought, I wish you could see how beautiful the Cosmo Multi Work floss looks in my antique cabinet….so click went the camera.

Cosmo Floss

It’s hard for me to even sell these!   And to think we have three drawers like this!  I love looking at them.

What do you do when you get “overwhelmed” with things?  Are you the diversion type like me?

Hopefully I’ll be back on Thursday with block number 11 (just kidding on the hopefully part).  I’m going back to work. Right now.  I promise!  Ok, I’m going!



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  • Jeanette - I have a very short attention span and find myself wandering from project to project throughout the day.

    I clean the kitchen for a while, then check blogs, then handwork, then work on whatever sewing project is in the works.

    It takes me forever to get any single thing done, but I tend to get multiple things finished all at once because I have been working on many things at the same time.

    I do the same thing with books, I am currently reading four books *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • Happy Cottage Quilter - Yes I do need a diversion when I am overwhelmed. I like to take a drive, or possibly shop at a favorite shop. If that is not possible, I sometimes just have to take a walk outside. My projects tend to go slow, but life can be in the fast lane at times.ReplyCancel

  • jannimary - Yep, I seem to have the same trend. I hope the nice fairy will come along and do my work, but it never happens, so after dilly dallying I still have to go back to it.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Maybe the 'diversions' are just part of the creative process – whatever it is, it seems to be working for you. And we get the benefit of getting some glimpses of your studio. Love it!!

    Thanks so much and I'm looking forward to Nov. 5th!! Yoo!Hoo!ReplyCancel

  • trelly - ohhhhhhhhhh, the Cosmo floss are incredibly beautiful! I'd like to buy them…. kissesReplyCancel

  • Goosegirl - Oh Anne, I LOVE the glitter house!! We had them when I was a child and I so wish I still had them. Yours is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • a little bit biased - So cute! I love the glitter house! And something about the thread drawer calls to me! Thanks for sharing those pictures.

    I think all quilters must have a little A.D.D because we all seem to have multiple projects going on at once and can never see one project through start to finish without being distracted. Don't worry about pushing yourself faster than your heart wants to go – that's when it becomes "work".ReplyCancel

  • passingdowncrazy - I have to make a list. If I put two or three things on the list per day, I don't get overwhelmed. Actually, I got this tip from the very smart Camille at Simplify.

    Or, if I can't get myself to get busy, I read blogs, and just generally waste hours on the internet. Oops……..gotta go!ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - I love to be busy…but I do get overwhelmed once in awhile…then it's best for me to browse through books, magazines, blogs…until I know what I want to work on next! Lists also help…but the older I get, the fewer I make???!!!ReplyCancel

  • QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI - Hi Anne–I have my "good" days when I am on a mission and can stick with one project all day–then Like today it was a little bit of this and a little bit of that????
    your pictures are delightful by the way.
    and if you would like you could check out my blog site as tonight I have a big post on the Cosmo's thread—enjoy–Hugs, DiReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - My diversion? Why reading blogs of course! What better way to spend an hour or three.ReplyCancel

  • Cara - When I get overwhelmed I find I read, blogs, books, news, anything but what would help me get through things, I'll let it pile up until I have to do something or the anxiety will get me. I've learned to limit myself to x number of websites/chapters in a book, then it's back at things.ReplyCancel

  • AnnieO - This sounds like a post I just read about "procrasticleaning", which is another way to distract yourself from your deadlines! Thanks for sharing your method (I tend to read blogs and watch HGTV when I'm procrastinating!)ReplyCancel

  • Mama Spark - I have a glass of wine and watch something I love on the TV. I have a question for you. For your redwork patterns,which color of Cosmos do you use?? I wan to try it on something but am unsure of which one to buy. HELP!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - I feel like you that Christmas is coming way to fast.Love your little glitter house and your jars full of buttons. Can't wait for block 11.ReplyCancel

  • Twyla and Lindsey - I happen to think crafting supplies are one of the loveliest sights! I love your jars of buttons and threads always get me. I am such a putterer. I wander from one thing to another. I get overwhelmed easily :) Have a nice day. TwylaReplyCancel

  • Jenn - I love the pink glitter house. I have a very short attention span as well, but while I have a hard time finishing things…I sure start a lot of projects.ReplyCancel

  • Chocolate Cat - Oh yes I am so like you!!! Give me a list of things I should be doing and I manage to waste a lot of time doing things that aren't quite as important!!! When I manage to stay on task I am always amazed at just how much I achieve. Love your photos though so don't mind that your were 'diverted'!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - LOVE your glitter house! I actually have the one my mom had when I was little, it's a church w/ a bell in the tower and a light inside that shines thru red cellophane cathedral windows. Aren't they wonderful? I'm waiting impatiently for the November block :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Aha . . . attention span, what is that . . . could that be when we start doing the dishes but before we finish we start the washer, opps need to make the bed, oh no, I forgot to shower. I'll just clean the tub while I here, the floor sure needs to be vacuumed, will you look at that dust. I forgot to water the garden, darn I didn't finish the dishes. It's dinner time . . . where did the day go. Love your blog . . .

  • Gloria J W - Isn't it nice to know we are not alone….I have off days and think…ah well!! The pressure is too much…and I take to a book!! If things are getting out of control…I take time out and do a jigsaw puzzle!! Things seem to balance out..and then it's back on the rails and off again. I call it my sanity breaks…and I don't feel at all guilty!!
    Rainbow smiles…GloriaReplyCancel

  • What Comes Next? - I'm just like you – things need to be done, I'm off looking at other things! (these days, usually blogs!) But, and I suspect also very like you, the things do get done!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - I love your glitter house. I had them as a kid and miss them terribly too!ReplyCancel

  • Jean C. - "I" like you… get distracted… when I should be busy doing other things! I call it being distracted by bright shiny objects!!!!! Sometimes, I work better under pressure though!ReplyCancel