hey everyone! Today I’m featured over at the www.bigpictureclasses.com big idea festival, and my big idea is: Happy Crafting. You can check out my video (and if you’re not already registered – why not?! IT IS FREE!!!) and chat with me on the message boards today too.
Here on my blog, I will be doing two posts. Later today I’m going to post a project. For now though, I want to talk about the importance of fighting for your happy crafting. You see, it doesn’t just happen and it can go away.
I lost mine for about three weeks.
Yes, I said it. Three weeks might not seem like much to you – but for me it was an eternity. And the thing of it was, I knew for about three weeks before it happened that I was caught up in a downward creative spiral before I hit rock bottom. So really, it was more like three weeks of clinging and last ditch efforts, and three weeks of creative hell.
I struggled. fought. I had to force myself to craft and even then it took 10 hours over 5 days for me to make a single tag that I thought was just ok. No fooling. The more I struggled to make cool stuff, to enjoy and be my free spirited crafty self, the more I couldn’t. The harder I tried, the more impossible it seemed. For a few days I even wondered if I’d used up every good idea I’d ever had. If I was done.
Unable to turn to some of my usual fixes (namely sugar in all kinds of forms – more on why I couldn’t use that crutch another day), what could I do?
Of course I could feel sorry for myself, complain, fuss, claim bad luck, and do all kinds of other negative things. But that wouldn’t help or make my happy crafting come back. Instead, I kept reminding myself that I love to craft, and that this was a phase. I kept showing up to the craft room daily – even if only for 5 minutes. I fought myself in a mental battle… and then I walked away a failure each time.
But each day, I returned. Each day I carved out at least five minutes (no matter how hectic the schedule) to go and be alone in my space. To just check out my supplies and put some kind of ink to paper (or cut a paper, or make some crafty move).
I gave myself an unprecedented five days off – I didn’t enter my studio for that entire time. Hopeful, I entered once again, sure that I’d feel the stirrings of inspiration… and nothing. So, I waged on. Day in, day out. When September 1 rolled around, I tried to amp up another attack. I said “tonight, clean this place up and clear out some junk. Tomorrow, we craft.” I also texted and called a few of my favorite people. I made it known that I was in a funk.
This time, when I entered and tried to get into a craft zone it worked.
I feel inspired, light hearted, all is once again right in my crafty world. HOORAY!!! It felt like a light switching back on, a battery being replaced. Now, would it have come back if I hadn’t worked and fought for it to? Maybe, maybe not. I’m not big on sitting around hoping for things to happen, I’m more of a make your dreams happen girl.
I share my story with you for two reasons. First of all – I am not perfect nor do I live in some fantasy world where all my dreams come true and inspiration flutters in the breeze. I WISH! But secondly, perhaps more usefully, I want to share that I fight for my creativity. I earn that happy crafting time. Whether it means carving out time in a hectic schedule or simply putting on a smile and knowing I’m blessed to be a crafter – I work for my happy crafting. I make it a priority, and I fight for it.
It’s worth fighting for. Creative happiness leads to all kinds of wonderful things – and I’m glad to have won mine back.
Now, hopefully I won’t resort to taking photos of model horses in my studio to pass the time like a kid in time out, and will be too busy with my happy crafting time to even consider cleaning up my mess more than once a week (or two)…
PS: if you happen to have creative process, inspiration, or other questions that you’d like to see me address in future posts I’d love to hear them! feel free to email me or leave a comment on my blog.