One of the things I'm most looking forward to about blogging through November is taking the time and space to get some of my thoughts in order. Getting the words and ideas out of my head and onto the screen not only acts as a reminder of what I was thinking or feeling at any given time, it also clears space in my brain for new thoughts.
Lately, I haven't been doing much making beyond a bit of crochet or knitting here or there. My sewing machines are sadly neglected and piles of fabric and UFOs are building up everywhere. It's starting to feel very crowded in my head, and I'm hoping that over the next few Thursdays, I can go back to using the blog as 'my creative space' and clear some of the backlog. The actual 'My Creative Space' link party that I used to join has moved onto a different platform, so for now, I'm just going to playing along on my own over here – although of course you're welcome to join in! It's hard to articulate exactly why I've felt so blocked and jumbled creatively lately.
Oh, hang on, no it's not:
When we moved into the flat, I immediately claimed the study as home for my craft supplies, sewing machines, tools and some of my stash. And of course the computer and piano. So it was already a little cramped, but then we needed somewhere to store DIY equipment.
It's just such a faff to get out my sewing machines that I haven't been able to face it. Instead, I've been moving from knitting to crochet and back again, being all restless and indecisive. The problem has been that during the last couple of months, I've had (what I think are) some great ideas for quilt patterns. But I can't get near my machines to make them, and there certainly isn't space in the living room to lay anything out for design work.
In the meantime, my notebook and iPad have become very precious resources for me. They've got copious notes, sketches, pictures and crazy ideas in them, most of which will never go anywhere, but just some of which might be the creative spark I need.
My aim down to Christmas is to clear my WIP pile as far as possible. That doesn't mean finishing everything – some things will be declared abandoned, and the remnants put into the scrap box – but it does mean clearing the decks, literally and figuratively, so that in the new year, I can throw myself into new projects without the old ones hanging around my neck. And that includes things around the flat like repainting windowsils or sealing worktops. By the new year, I either want to have finished things or to have pinned down exactly what I want to do with them.
Then I can get creative.
What about you? What helps/blocks your creativity? Any tips or tricks or just plain mad ideas that have pounced on you lately?