Tuesday, October 4, 2011

inspired by: supplies

I need a creative laxative.  I'm seriously blocked.  It seems like creativity is feast or famine for me.  Sometimes I have so many ideas that I can't decide which to attack first.  My old boss would call that a "high class problem."  Other times every idea feels forced and I'm never really satisfied with my finished projects.  That's where I'm at right now.

I worked on half finished projects that had fallen by the wayside waiting for new creative ideas to strike.  Nothing.  I went through all my idea books and old project "to-do" lists looking for inspiration, but none came.  I've left no Pinterest search or linky party gallery unturned in my quest to relieve my creative constipation.

Where does inspiration come from anyway?  How is an idea born?  While I work on unblocking I thought I would share some former sources of inspiration each week.  Maybe it will help if you are blocked too.

Can you think of anything more splendid than strolling through a craft store on a Saturday afternoon?  Maybe I could think of a few places I'd rather visit, but a craft store is definitely toward the top of my list.  Generally I shop with a purpose, making a beeline for the fabrics.  If I have time I will cruise through the scrapbooking aisles.  Even though I don't scrapbook as much as I used to I still like to see what is new.  

The scrapbooking aisle is where I got the idea to make my own decorative measuring tape.  This was a total copy of an (in my opinion) over priced scrapbooking embellishment.

And I never would have tried this coin purse if I hadn't found the frame on sale.

When it comes to supplies, if I see something that I absolutely love and the price is right I buy it.  I figure the inspiration will come later.  Sometimes it works, sometimes I just add to the clutter in my craft room. 

Last weekend I was wandering the aisles of a craft store and found myself in the stained glass and mosaics aisle.  I wasn't ready to invest in a whole new genre of craft supplies, but I can't get those bags of colored tiles out of my mind...  

Maybe I planted a seed for a future project.  Only time will tell.


Bethany said...

I find that when I have a project I am in absolute love with that my next one usually leaves me less than pleased.... I think we all go through those periods of zero inspiration. Sometimes there's just too much, too many ideas, too much cuteness.

Vicki K. said...

Sometimes doing a very mundane sort of sewing project like hemming jeans or patching a rip in a shirt will sort of jump start me into wanting to sew more. It triggers little projects that seem to fall by the wayside and then pretty soon the new creative ideas start rolling in. That is what usually helps me!

Evan Becky said...

I usually don't lack for ideas, just the resources to fulfil those ideas (mostly time). Best wishes! I know the creativity will come back!

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