Monday, August 31, 2009

Motivation Monday

Take A Short Break: Have you ever had one of “THOSE days” when nothing seems to go right? I had one this weekend. The little one was napping and I had a brief snippet of time to craft. But when I sat down to create nothing went right, in fact, everything seemed to go wrong! I was tired and frustrated. Instead of forcing myself to create I took a break to walk at the local nature center - to escape, to think, to relax, to breathe. A short break can allow me to return to my projects with renewed energy and enthusiasm. The walk provided not only reprieve, but inspiration.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Motivation Monday - Start With the Basics

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work.” CHUCK CLOSE – painter; photographer; printmaker

As a part-time entrepreneurial crafter, I occasionally I find myself simply lacking the motivation or inspiration to create. When faced with this situation during my designated crafting time, I head off to the studio and start working on something anyway. I might start by organizing supplies, then doing piece work that doesn’t require much inspiration (like sawing blanks or drilling holes) concentrating on the rhythm of the work. These tasks all have a great impact on the end result of the final piece, but don’t require a great deal of inspiration. I begin by working on these mechanical tasks and gradually find a rhythm and flow of ideas and inspiration.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Motivation Monday

As a part-time entrepreneurial crafter, I have ideas of items that I want to fabricate, but occasionally I find myself simply lacking the motivation to create. Why? What is wrong with me? Nothing. This is a problem many people face, regardless of their career status. So, how do you get on track to be inspired and motivated to create? This is a question I’ll be exploring on Mondays.

Set aside a positive space. Carve out a space for your craft; even if it is a shelf in the corner of the dining room. Clear the clutter and organize tools and supplies. It is frustrating to stop working on a project to look for a tool or supply that “should be around here SOMEWHERE!” Once your space is free of clutter, set a creative tone by displaying things that are inspirational/motivational to YOU. If possible paint your craft space a color you love. Get a bulletin board and hang up pictures, postcards, pages from magazines, fabrics, decorative papers, whatever is beautiful to you.

Finish or get rid of old unfinished projects. Nothing can kill motivation faster than seeing unfinished work lying around. Finish these projects, disassemble them or otherwise get rid of them.

Do you have any motivational ideas? Please leave a comment.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Weekend Deals!

To launch my new line of INTERCHANGEABLE pendants and chains I am participating in Etsy's Weekend Deals. Get 15% off your order, but hurry, the sale ends Monday! Come on over to my shop and take a look.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Limealicious Treasury

How wonderful! My Grow Necklace was featured in another beautiful Etsy treasury. Many thanks to FifthQuadrant!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back to School Treasury

I just wanted to share this lovely Etsy treasury in which my Personalized Aluminum Bookmark was featured. Thank you to CoDesign!


Related Posts with Thumbnails