30 December 2009

Productivity's the Thing.

The last day of the year. It's the last day of a decade. I start the new year caring for my very sick mother in my home and face emptying and selling her home in the coming months. Daunting. She lived there for 50 years. I grew up there. I will face it with both resistance and determination. I am nothing if not productive.

Prosperity to me is productivity. I like to create but mainly I need to produce. I want something to show for my time. It is helpful to me to stand back and review what I have accomplished. Here are some of my favorite projects from 2009.

Old barn wood panelling in a bunkhouse build.

Tacky light fixtures in the bunkhouse.

Something I have long coveted, yes, a wagon wheel chandelier.

"How about a wagon wheel in the banister?" Or, carpenters who show off.

Favorite knitting creation in 2009.

Favorite doll created in 2009.

Living room curtains.

A reclaimed window from the house that was on the property before ours was built, framed, painted and hung.

This cigar box collage in my Rebecca Sower class at Silver Bella.

My girl's birthday journal. This is the best thing I have ever made with my own hands. Ever.

This blog. I started it in February 2009 and it has been a great combination of creativity, productivity and therefore prosperity. I value the space to write and show off photographs. My dark moments have some place to go and connect. I appreciate that you have come here and read my posts. I am indebted to the people who commented on my recent sad post as well. I specifically want to thank Sharron, Brigid, James Dean, Holly A., Jemellia, Holly Hall, , Nanette, Jerry, Angie, Sweetie, Alisa, Lisa and Penny. I receive your support and prayers and am lifted by it.

Thank you. I will put my head down and keep chugging. Whining all the while...


  1. Plain and simple, I am struck by the awesomeness of your creations.

  2. I love this post! I also love knowing the journey through all of these creations, except the doll. How did that get by me?

  3. Wow, those are some great accomplishments! I love your rustic-but-sophisticated style. You're just the coolest. Did I ever tell you that your awesome creations are part of the reason I started knitting again? You're the inspiRAtion. :)

  4. You have been productive! Can I move into the bunkhouse, please? I need that chandelier and banister in my life!

  5. I wish you a Happy New Year and strength when you need it,the peace to have a good cry when you need it and the courage to ask for help when you need it.
    I know how overwhelming it can be to take care of a loved one and you must take care of yourself too.
    Your dolls and scarves are so lovely.
    May you always have a little time to yourself to create this year!!

  6. What a great way to send off this year/decade, Robin. I "feel" so much from your writing...your posts. You have a way of opening up my senses along with my heart and soul. You really do "get it", girl. I know you may not see that now, but one day you will. When that day comes, you will revel in the blessings that this new daunting journy will surely bestow on you. Thank YOU for all you share and give to the rest of us...for we are truly blessed.

  7. Oh...one more thing...that birthday journal you made for your beautiful daughter IS the most amazing thing I've ever seen!

  8. Productivity IS the thing! And it looks as if you have had a wonderfully productive year! Here's to another one!
    Happy New Year!


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