When we are still, things tend to reveal themselves. I do not know many folks in the crafting industry who are not hurried and scattered this time of the year with CHA literally 2 weeks away. I know that my own studio is a scary place chock full of half-done projects and a dry erase board that is blaring with looming deadlines. Sometimes when we are really busy and feeling stressed in so many ways, we need to pull back and separate ourselves from our work environment to catch a breather. For me, my creative muse tends to curl up into a ball and beg for mercy from under a table around this time before CHA. This afternoon, I managed to dump a whole container of tar gel onto a project I was literally getting ready to box up and send away. It was painful and I cried like a frickin' baby. The fact is, without a breather, we make costly mistakes. The thing is, I know this but, for some reason, I get amnesia this time of year and perhaps get a bit prideful in thinking that it only happens to other people, not myself. Tsk, tsk, tsk.... I went for a walk in my backyard around the trails to collect my thoughts. I could hear the frogs croaking and the cranes carrying on down by the wetlands and there, right in front of me a swallowtail butterfly graced me with it's presence. My muse was tickled and the way to resolve the tar gel issue was revealed.... all I needed was to stop and be still for a moment.