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How I got over my lack of creativity guilt

October 3, 2008

Linen and Velvet Cuff
I promised a shop owner that I'd make more cuff bracelets a month ago, cut out tons of parts and .... then they sat on my table for weeks. I just couldn't do it. The more I thought about the obligation, the more the impetus to make anything just drained away. The guilt grew and grew.

Then I thought about forcing myself to make something new and discarding all the parts I had already laid out. I decided that what I needed was a focal point. So I grabbed my overflowing box of ribbons and pulled out this black one. I put everything else away and decided to work with it. I started two bracelets with it and finished the one above. I worked, adding beads, stitches and embellishments until it was done... and I still wasn't satisfied. Finally I took another look at it and decided to add the bird.
That's when I knew it was finished.
What a great sense of accomplishment.

Now I have a few more that I really want to work on and am looking forward to it. I'm so much happier when I'm creating something and all the web-browsing, etsy-shopping, procrastinating, guilt, blah, blah, blah, is just mental. I just need to remind myself of that sometimes and force myself to sit down to work on sewing. Once I do that I can get into the flow of creating and really enjoy it. Anyone else have trouble letting go and "just doing it" ?

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