A few weeks ago I was feeling a bit… flat.
I was tired, felt like I was chasing my tail all the time and never getting anywhere. I didn’t even feel like making anything because nothing seemed to come together. Quilting made my head hurt, crocheting made my fingers hurt and even thinking about updating the Etsy store made me break out into hives! Somehow my solution involved starting several projects that looking at them now, I’m not quite sure what happened…
Case in point – I now have an owl. This owl stares at me, judging me.
I apologise to the owl, I have no idea what I was thinking.
And then… I was with a group of people and I was hit with a bolt of inspiration. I had completely forgotten what that was like! I had an idea, and I knew just who it was for, and exactly what to do.
It was a little amigurumi doll, so simple and yet it got me thinking… this used to happen to me all the time. I was always making something for a particular someone in mind, because of a conversation we had…a favourite movie…or even just because they said they like the colour of autumn leaves. Right, one king-sized autumn colour bed quilt coming right up!
I was making things ALL THE TIME, and like any of crafty out there knows, that takes money. So then I had this idea. Why don’t I grab my Partner-In-Craft and start a craft business? Then I’ll be doing what I love and making moolah at the same time! Score!
The idea is brilliant. The execution was a bit rocky at first, but I think we’re slowly getting there. The end result? I was so concerned with making things that I thought would sell that I forgot what it was like to make something just for the sheer pleasure of making it.
And that is just not fun at all 😦
So my new philosophy?
Do things that make me smile. Things that I can throw my enthusiasm and time into and actually feel good about the results. Things that I stay up until midnight making because I’m so excited about it I can’t sleep!!! Things that have a bit of me in them.
Unlike the owl.
Which is still staring at me.