Prioritizing and You

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So this is a subject that I often struggle with in my daily life. Figuring out how to prioritize what to do and when to do it when you feel you’re overwhelmed/stressed. Typically I use a weekly planner to map out my work schedule for myself, but what about everything else? Where do I fit in my house hold chores? Doctor’s appointments (for me and family)? Cooking/Meal prep? Work for Craft Hackers? The sheer amount just overwhelms me mentally sometimes. Well, in case any of you out there are feeling buried under stress, here’s a handy chart/suggestion I found online to try and help you get a hold of things. This comes from a very helpful blogger and is no way my own idea.

Take a deep breath, because this is a boot camp in prioritization.

  • Make a 3 by 4 grid. Make it pretty big. The line above your top row goes like this: Due YESTERDAY – due TOMORROW – due LATER. Along the side, write: Takes 5 min – Takes 30 min – Takes hours – Takes DAYS.
  • Divide ALL your tasks into one of these squares, based on how much work you still have to do. A thank you note for a present you received two weeks ago? That takes 5 minutes and was due YESTERDAY. Put it in that square. A five page paper that’s due tomorrow? That takes an hour/hours, place it appropriately. Tomorrow’s speech you just need to rehearse? Half an hour, due TOMORROW. Do the same for ALL of your tasks
  • Your priority goes like this:
    • 5 minutes due YESTERDAY
    • 5 minutes due TOMORROW
    • Half-hour due YESTERDAY
    • Half-hour due TOMORROW
    • Hours due YESTERDAY
    • Hours due TOMORROW
    • 5 minutes due LATER
    • Half-hour due LATER
    • Hours due LATER
    • DAYS due YESTERDAY
    • DAYS due TOMORROW
    • DAYS due LATER
  • At this point you just go down the list in each section. If something feels especially urgent, for whatever reason – a certain professor is hounding you, you’re especially worried about that speech, whatever – you can bump that up to the top of the entire list. However, going through the list like this is what I find most efficient.
    • Some people do like to save the 5 minute tasks for kind of a break between longer-running tasks. If that’s what you want to try, go for it! You’re the one studying here.

So that’s how to prioritize. Now, how to actually do shit? That’s where the 20/10 method comes in. It’s simple: do stuff like a stuff-doing FIEND for 20 minutes, then take a ten minute break and do whatever you want. Repeat ad infinitum. It’s how I’ve gotten through my to do list, concussed and everything.

You’ve got this. Get a drink and start – we can do our stuff together!


Pokemon meets High Fantasy

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Coming up with a title today was a bit challenging since by virtue of it being a fictional world Pokemon is already Fantasy, but the art today has a bit more of a classical fantasy take on it.

A casual gamer herself, Jae of From Jae take her love of fantasy and makes quite lovely traditional and sculpture art with it. Besides her Pokemon inspired pieces, some of my favorite ones are her her-animals.

Her line work and attention to detail is really quite magnificent. I especially love her color selection in this Mer-Cat piece. All her sculpture pieces are unfortunately sold out at the moment, but you can find her shop here should you wish to check out future designs or even join her update list so you’ll be alerted when they go up.


Zenbroidery

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About 2 years ago, adult coloring books became the hot new thing. Remember when that happened? Sudden any store that carried books now had “adult” coloring books that were basically geometric patterns the be idly colored in. Well, it took some time for the sewing world to follow it seems, but follow they did. Check out what I found at Jo-Ann’s yesterday.

This is just one of many patterns in a new line called Zenbroidery by Design Works. Same basic principal of adult coloring books applies, but here you are embroidering free style on a stamped fabric. No patterns to tell you what to do, just an image and your imagination on how to fill it.

You can find all sorts of themes such as kitchen wares, Inspiration words, Mandalas, animals, and much more. They’re also fairly inexpensive at $5-10 each as the kit only provides you with the fabric and instruction sheet (which is mostly filler and stitch suggestions). You must provide your own floss separately. Not a problem for someone like me that has a collection of a few hundred from years of embroidery work, but could be an issue for those that work only from kits. They do sell their suggested color packs of floss of course, some of which include beads for added options, that are only $4-5 but you could still just chose your own.

While I wouldn’t recommend these for beginners to embroidery I do find the idea behind them fascinating. They’d make a great idle project to fill time and certainly let you explore more then just the basic stitches most kits use, but I do wonder at how many people would display the finished product. Either way they’re worth a look into at least next time you’re in your local craft store. 🙂


Miniature Jewelry

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It’s well  documented how much I love jewelry, even thouogh I hardly wear it. 😉 Well I’m back with another artist that makes awesome jewelry; this time of things in miniature.

Design by British artists Milla and Olya of AllimYalo, their jewelry is all hand made replicas of foods and plants in miniature. The detail that they’re able to achieve on such a small scale is just amazing. The fruit pieces show it off the best, imho, but it’s all fabulous work.

You’ll have some shipping time to wait for if you live outside of the UK, but everything is reasonably priced for the excellent craftsmenship that’s gone into it. If you’re looking for early holiday shopping, I recommend giving them a look. 🙂


Comparing Heights

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I’ve got a cool little reference tool for everyone today! Now I know this won’t be used for every medium out there, but if you draw or write about people with your art then continue on my friends.

This is a nifty little weblet made by Mr Initial Man called Comparing Heights, that lets you quickly get a visual on what the height differences should look like for characters. While you may have an idea for average heights (6′-5′ range) I find this to be incredibly helpful for fantasy art. Got a 60′ giant? Now you know just how large that would look next to you. Want to know if you fairy is too big? They got you covered. 🙂 I could see this being a fun tool for D&D GMs as well. If you are worried about group shots more, you can compared up to 6 people in this one right here instead. It’s really just a great simple (and free!) tool to help get everything into perspective. ;P


Tiny Houses

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So I got to see some friends of mine last night that I haven’t seen in months and they told me all about how their daughter has a ‘fairy door’. It’s a door you give your kid to attach to places that a ‘fairy’ comes to live in and be their sorta friend. It got me thinking about small things though and this artist I’d found recently.

Based in Spain, Marina Paredes of Prettymodels makes adorable tiny house slices. The detail that goes into these is just wonderful. I could easily see a fairy deciding to live in one. 😉

Though my goodness I can only imagine the tools used. My hand cramps thinking about it. D: Her work is just lovely though and is made in 2 different styles, mini house and mini doll house style. The doll house ones may be my favorites, but I had one as a kid so I’m likely biased, lol. Either way, I recommend giving her etsy store a look to see all the lovely tiny creations she’s put together. ^_^


Moon Jewelry

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I love hand made jewelry. 99% of the time it’s so unique and unlike anything you’d find mass produced. Things that are also great? Space. In this case, the moon specifically.

This pair is just one of many pieces of jewelry hand made by the German shop, VillaSorgenfrei. They’re a group of 9 artists and artisans who design and make hundreds of unique piece of jewelry that are all inspired by nature. Their moon based pieces are hands down my biased favorite with this wrap watch taking the number one spot.

It’s beautifully simple so that it could easily pair with just about any outfit. 😀 Their items are all very reasonably priced too, which is just a bonus with good jewelry. If you haven’t heard of them before I recommend giving their shop a look through at the very least to enjoy all the pretty. 🙂


Stained Glass Curtains

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Yes, you read that title right, but no, it’s not quite what you’re thinking.

Handmade by Koren artist Jessica Yoo, these windows are actually covered in a thin fabric paneling meant to mimic stained glass, though hers is inspired by the Koren art style rather then then western. It’s called Meem and her’s what the artist has to say about it:

More than ever, people want a nature-integrated life into their contemporary one. Despite the gross increase of technological development that has been dominating the contemporary life, it is a natural instinct for humans to desire nature. However, the way we have treated sunlight over the years has been quite dull. We shut the curtains when we didn’t like the sun, and opened it when we needed it.
Meem solves this by taking shades back to the traditional Korean concept of personalizing the atmosphere. Specifically, with the translucent quality of Jogakbo, one could incorporate nature into the interior seamlessly. This way, sunlight and nature is not blocked or exposed, it becomes a part of the interior. Jogakbo’s design aspect – the colors and texture-can also fit any mood or mentality of the user, which ultimately creates a harmony of assimilation.

It’s truly beautiful work that really captures her goal of making nature come indoors again in a beautiful way. You can see more of her work over on her etsy shop as these are really just a taste of what she’s created.


Knit Your Own Wonder Woman Sweater

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Wonder Woman movie got you feeling like you need to fill your wardrobe with something to match? Well one woman has seen fit to help us poor mortals out by not only releasing an easy to adjust knit sweater pattern; she also did it for free.

Here’s what you need for this project:

  • Medium (4) Weight yarn – 1456 – 1872 yards (1331 – 1712 m): Cascade Yarns Hollywood recommended
  • US Size 10 (6mm) knitting needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • Natalie Bursztyn’s awesome pattern

Now I’m not a knitter so I can’t weigh in on how easy it is to read or not, but my guess is this would be intermediate level of difficulty. Worth it to dress your self in awesome Wonder Woman garb this winter though. 😉


Custom Fantasy Wedding Gowns

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It’s wedding season again, and this year I’ve got a really kick-ass designer to share with anyway of you getting married! Well…married next year though cause these beauties take time to make.

This stunning gown is just one of many design by Firefly Path Bridal. They’ve been making custom fantasy based wedding gowns and accessories for over 10 years and it shows. Every dress is custom made to fit the bride from the ground up and can be made to match just about any fantasy theme. Fairytale wedding? Boom! Beauty and the Beast dress.

Anime themed wedding? No problem! Check out this Tsubasa Chronicles inspired dress.

And then of course the one that drew me to this fabulous collection; Legend of Zelda based gown:

This is just barely scratching the surface of the collection of gowns Firefly Bridal has created. I wish I’d known about them 4-5 years ago cause hot damn, I would’ve been all over this for my own gown! If you’re interested in getting a design idea/quote you can reach them here. No location is too far either as they have no physical shop so all orders are done online and through the post. If you do live where their workshop is in LA, you can rent some of their gowns for photo shoots or events. 😀 If you’re just looking for some kick-ass accessories to go with your dress then you may find what you need over on their etsy page instead.