Do you ever feel like you have tons of creativity just below the surface. It's there, you just can't access it, almost like its clogged -- just like a drain. Everyday life is just sitting there like the water stuck in the sink, not moving, just containing the creativity so that it can't flow. Customer quilts that need to be quilted, phones calls that won't stop ringing, emails waiting (sometimes for far too long), laundry piled up to the ceiling, insurances that need to be quoted, bills needing to be paid, taxes that need organizing, schedules that need updating, dog goobers on the wall (how the hell did that get there), dust bunnies so big you should be charging them rent, and don't even get me started on the unknowns in the back of the frig -- you know, every day life. Don't look so shocked, you too have these issues, they may differ slightly, but they are the same issues.
Creativity gets clogged by all that crap!
In the back of my mind (similar to the frig) are old ideas that never got seized, new ideas floating and wondering if they will ever be born. All over the house are notebooks, in almost every room -- FULL of ideas, sketches, doodles, words, thoughts... creativity in some form or another. What I need to find is the balance between everyday life and the creativity. I need a day with Drain-o... just to move the clog at a schedule time and let the creativity flow. I also need an assistant... not for the creativity, one that I can leave all this cleaning, phone calling, and organization to. We know that's not happening anytime soon -- besides, I'm a nut (really) and suffer from anxiety so if anyone tries to move my stuff, palpitations... okay, that's another post, another day -- and no, you will not see me on an episode of Hoarders. They secretly created that show to keep people like me in line so that we never cross over!
But back to the creativity clog... I am making a serious attempt to finish all my UFOs that are laying around the house. This is partially due to the clog, and also due to the fact that I am becoming a quilting snob. I no longer want to follow commercial patterns, I only want to do my own stuff -- I know, wow, come back down to earth sweetie, the airs a little thin up there! But seriously, I want to do more competition pieces and you really need to have your own stuff, or at least elaborate on a pattern of some sort. See, told you... SNOB! This doesn't mean I'll never buy another pattern, I have a long (very long) list of patterns I'd still like to make, just not right now -- going through this snobbish phase. And I honestly think that by clearing out all these UFOs it will make room (mentally and physically) for new creativity to bloom - or at least that's what I'm hoping!