I tried a bunch of times to go up to the bead room....I would set up my computer to watch Hulu, and would put some beads on the table (my regular routine)....but then I would just stare at the beads, and really just watch tv...kind of pathetic actually!! Then I got so irritated with myself that I just stopped going upstairs altogether.
Two weekends ago I met up with my girlfriend down in Virginia. We have an annual fall tradition of taking our kids to the pumpkin farm and goofing around for a day:
Bridget showed me a dress she would be wearing to a wedding the following weekend that looked very similar to this:
So when I got home that day I thought I could get my inspiration back by throwing some earrings together for her to go with her dress (I had grand plans for a bracelet too...).
I figured I would make them on Monday, put them in the mail on Tuesday, and she'd have them by Wednesday.....plenty of time before she got on the plane on Friday...however I must have known better, which is why I never even mentioned it to her. I started them on Tuesday....and finished them while the wedding was actually taking place....(these earrings take about 40 minutes total to create) :(
Again - pretty pathetic!!!
BUUUUUUUT - it did get a spark going for me. although I was ready to call it quits in the bead room, I decided to push it a little more and forced myself to bead up one of the patterns I created.
It's a tiny little piece - 1.5inchesx1.5inches....but I swore I wouldn't do anything else with my spare time until I finished the little guy....and you know what?! Picking out the colors...seeing the pattern come to life....it really made the magic happen for me. I found my inspiration again. Thank you little blue jay!!! Big things really DO come in small packages.
Now I feel refreshed and positively itching to get back into my beads! Which is why I signed up for the color challenge over at Treasures Found. (For this challenge, Erin assigns all the participants a color palette from Design Seeds) And I'm dying to get started on my Beading Babes pieces. Our group has two patterns to choose from this time around and I'm planning to do both!
My inspiration has been lost and found many times over the last 17 years that I've been a 'beader'. But it's been a few years since I've hit a slump like the past several weeks! I am thrilled that the fire has been lit again.
What do you do when you're in a creative slump?