Creative Rut

I am in a creative rut.

I can sit at the desk in my crafting room for an hour with the only sad result being that all my ink pads are now in alphabetic

On one hand, I have been extremely busy with my day job and I love it.  I feel like I am growing in my career and preparing myself for great things.  My boss is empowering me to develop a career plan and I am empowered to do what I need to grow.

On the other hand, my creative side is drained.  I don’t think I have created anything new in the last few weeks.  This makes me terribly sad, but I can sit at my workspace for hours and nothing with come out.

Has my dual brain caused me to be doomed?!?!?!?!

As I pondered my dilemma, I’ve tried to think of some ways I could get out of this and return to my crazy crafty self.

1. Just admit that you don’t feel creative.  I’m sure everyone goes through this, but I may feel all alone while I’m in the moment.  As my pop would say…”You gotta man up Davis!”

2. Craft Class:  At the end of May, I took a two day art journaling class with Wendy Vecchi.  It was intense; sitting and crafting for eight hours a day could drain anyone.  However, it really pushed me out of my comfort zone and I learned a lot of great techniques with some great products that I may have otherwise passed in the craft aisles.

3. Just Play: As silly as it may seem, sometimes I will close my eyes, pick some random supplies, and just start going to town on a piece of paper.  I’ll have no plan and will hope for the best.  Sometimes it’s a pure disaster, but most of the time it allows to look at things in a different way and will spark plenty of ideas for future projects.

4. Take a break: At some point, you just have to sit a way from a bit.  Might be an hour…might be a week, but there is no point of pushing things if it isn’t going to get you anywhere.

5. You Tube:  There are plenty of crafty people in the world that want to share their passion as much as I do.  I have found YouTube to be a great resource for a few reasons.  First, many of the companies I use for supplies have videos on the latest products and ideas for new cards.  Second, I can get some real perspectives from other consumers on products before I ever buy them.

These just happen to be the things that I do when I’m feeling as crafty as I want to be.  What do you do to get out of your creative rut?

National Scrapbook Day

As national scrapbook day winds down, I find myself reflecting on my scrapbook beginnings. Like most crafters, I started out with scrapbooking, but the reason I started is probably very different.

The exact day was December 3, 2004. The problem was that for the past week I was in an increasingly amount of pain. It started on a Monday as a little patch of numbness on my right forearm and right ear. A week later, I went for an MRI. My doctor walked, put both hands on my shoulders.

“You have MS.”

I was still in school; all alone. I called my parents, who were hundreds of miles away. I tried calling my friends, but they were in class or working.

I eventually got a hold of an old acquaintance. I walked to her dorm room and it was the best thing that I could have done. She didn’t let me sit there and cry. She distracted me. She introduced me to one of her hobbies: scrapbooking. I have been hooked every since.

I am now sitting in her living room, almost a decade later, babysitting her two children. As I watch her children sleeping, I can’t help but wonder how my life would be different if she wasn’t there for me that day. I realize could sit here and play out the scenarios, but it won’t make a difference. All I know is that I am so happy with my life and in plan enjoying what it has to offer.

I hope you all have a wonderful evening.

Nikki
The Crafty Accountant

One Year Anniversary

Green mustache

As of today, it has been one year since I started this Crafty Accounting journey. I know everyone says this, but the time has really flown by.  While this is a small venture, I have been able to learn a few useful things along the way:

  • You must love what you are doing:  There is a lot of work involved, no matter what the size of your business. If aren’t truely passionate about what you producing, then it’s not worth it.

 

  • Not every customer will be happy: No matter how hard you try, at one point you will have an unhappy customer.  This was a very hard lesson for me and I was practically devastated when it happened.  The important thing is that you take it as a learning opportunity and give them the best customer service. You can quickly turn the experience into a positive one.

 

  • You are representing more than yourself: When you have on Etsy, you are apart of a greater community of artists, craftsmen, and other business owners.  The lovely part about Etsy is that it gives people all over the world an opportunity to buy unique items, but one bad experience and it could tarnish the represents of yourself and the Etsy community.

 

  • You will never have enough time for everything (at once):  At my full time job, I have pictures of some of the pieces I created and a little journal to store ideas that come up throughout the day.  I will get excited about getting in my crafty room and losing myself it a swirl of paper, inks, and stamps.  The real world hits and then by the time I have a chance to get into the craft room, it’s an hour past bedtime.  I’ve learned that I have a ton of ideas and just not enough time to do it all at once and that is okay.  Sure, I may have wanted to get a couple more cards created for a holiday, but there is always next year!

I know there is so much more for me to learn, but I look forward to the challenge.  As I reflect on what I have accomplish this year, I want to  thank you to all my friends and family that have helped me along the way.  I could not have done it without their love and support.