Wednesday, 18 March 2009

It's an 'all or nothing' thing

With a book I'll do it. Read. Read to the exception of doing anything else. Ask the family; in the last fortnight I've read 5 books by Jodie Picoult. It helps that for 5 days Mr Dunnit was away (and Miss Dunnit is of an age to barely notice) so I only had to 'function'; at least two of the novels were guilt free reading!
Give me an idea for my scrapbook or a craft project of any sort, and I'll want to be relieved of other responsibilities until it's finished. It's not healthy is it! Makes me sound really obsessive and spoilt. I am. But I'm working on that too. After all, this blog is therapy, right?
Anyway, I'm here, trying to fill a folder full of cupcake images and ideas and dying to get on with stuff for next week. My good friend Cricut Queen is in the process of re-doing her craft space. She is working hard to a schedule: empty the current room so that she can barely get into her bedroom, paint, re-floor and custom furnish the new look room, and finally re-home, in good working order, all the stash and equipment. Looks so easy in print! There are three hard parts to this exercise - the first is to manage a way through the stash in its temporary bedroom home because it's logistically difficult; needing clean clothes from a cupboard that is wedged shut is just an insult. The second is to avoid the thought process that concludes with how much stash there actually is (brush over this..there isn't enough room on the Interweb for a post about it). And the third - is the thought process that makes all the great ideas pop into your head. We discussed this yesterday - our creative 'genius' juices run away with themselves at precisely the time that they can't be used. Cricut Queen can't use any of the stuff carefully stored in her bedroom, but she's exploding with ideas. I'm colouring cupcakes (the same 4, by the way) but bursting to get on with the ideas that keep popping up for a workshop next week, next month. I hate that. And of course, I love that! So give your mojo a holiday - go and do something unconnected with your hobby. But keep a notebook handy! (Oh no..I just made an argument FOR gardening!!)

13 comments:

my5bratz said...

hmmmm...something NOT connected with my hobby, bad enuf taking time out to drop dd off and pick her up from school..lol

cool LO

that paper is Doodlementals a free download from funky fairy's

Sam said...

Really love this LO!

Kerry said...

Lovely layout

Anonymous said...

Lady nurse tried empting the craft room and starting again but then there was a need to vacate the space the stash was in so had to pile it all back into the craft room and haven't got the inclination to try again. got the time but not the ability to climb ladders and lift boxes. Anyway have just moved to the lounge and am ignoring the craft room at the moment. Have an OCD daughter coming to visit soon and even with Bump will be organising me!!!

SHEN'S ART said...

love the little squares on the lo, the black & white/blue photo's looks fab too. xx

cricut queen said...

A notebook? If only, but they are all packed away too!

LadyBug said...

I really like that effect you have used with the photos Think I might try this myself.

Sara said...

Love the large scallopy circles down the side of the layout. I have numerous notebooks dotted about the place and am also on a change of hobby kick at the moment, for me it's sewing.

Also just started a Nineteen Mintues by Jodi Picoult, first book of hers I've read and seems good so far :)

Annie said...

Good post - I like your style of writing a lot! Sound advice too. I think I've overdone the craft thing these past few weeks, and tonight I've ground to a complete halt. I have a book waiting to be read, so maybe I should get stuck into that instead.

Lovely layouts!

Angie said...

Loved the LO and the post.
I get ideas in bed that are so amazing but when I get up they somehow dont make sense !! My friend has just made me a thoughts/ideas note book .... I really must use it but not in the middle of the night!

Jenny said...

Love the LO and know quite what you mean about the ideas, always always inspired at work! x

Love to Doodle! said...

A great LO - love the colours/papers....and the blog is looking good too.

Mmmm....interesting....I've just started reading again this week....havent picked up a book since our last hol....but now that I have, I have to get to bed to read a chapter or two every night.....and before I had this day job, I like you, would read until finished and more.

So for now, this is my unconnected hobby thing...plus eating eggs...

So...PMs huh......fabulous....finding the right card is a challenge....some make it easy and some dont.....will be interesting to see your creations...Please share xx

Claireliz said...

That LO rocks!