It doesn't matter how much time we are given to complete a project, assignment, or task...there will always be a period of time, just prior to the deadline, that spins a bit out of control. So many critical points come together with all accompanying details, and the result can be equally overwhelming and exciting. It just happens, and our best defense is to expect it...
...and remember why we started all of this in the first place. Look deep within, remember your heartfelt dreams, and keep going.
Although crunch time is busy, as if you have had to "smoosh" 2 months of tasks into the span of a few days, wonderful things begin to happen. Your dreams and determination intensify, moving you into high gear. You meet new people who are so helpful that you will remember them for a lifetime. But most importantly, the supportive team that already surrounds you becomes even more supportive.
This afternoon, I had scheduled a photo shoot for Smucci products. I was a bit behind in production as I had recently relocated my workshop and was struggling with the finishing details of several of my designs. The Bubble Bed, originally designed to be constructed almost exclusively from copper and chrome, had recently undergone dramatic material changes and I wasn't certain it would be ready to be photographed today. But my sister, Carol, who has been so incredibly thoughtful and generous, steps up once again. She pulls out her sewing machine, and creates the new and improved version of the canopy for this Smucci bed. This, in itself, was miraculous. But the joy and energy with which she accomplished this, is the part I will never forget.
The Bubble Bed in progress. Professional photograph by Tom Brooks of Brooksphotography to follow in a future post.
The final and fabulous finishing details were accomplished by my mom. As I have mentioned in prior posts, my mom is a lot of the reason that I carry the passion I have for animals so close to my heart. As a little girl, I watched her rescue and preserve the lives of our family pets. I watched her tag the wings of Monarch Butterflies, so their migratory patterns to Mexico could be tracked and studied. I remeber when she spent 2 weeks in The Galapogos Islands to learn about the exeptional wildlife indiginous to that area. And today, she helps me make wonderful pet beds for ddkdesigns a reality.
The beautiful handwork on the Bubble Bed was painstakingly finished by my mom. All the fabulous "throws" and pillows for each Smucci Bed...done by my mom. Ddkdesigns was my dream, and she jumped in with both feet, a lot of talent, and an unconditionally willing spirit.
Crunch week is always relentless in its' intensity, but is handled with equal intensity by my relentlessly supportive and talented team.