Monday, April 13, 2009

Almost lost my muse............

I hope everyone had a pleasant Easter weekend. Mine should have and could have been better if I would have only thought clearer about what I was doing. As you know I was making plans to try out a new local marketplace to sell my CQ items. I have been very busy making things all week.
I'm afraid I got caught up in the excitement of being involved with a new venture. Not thinking it through. I can't spend weekends indoors? Yikes!
I spent all my spare time creating this week, even over the weekend. Time that should have been spent with family.
Yesterday I was feeling burnt out and while everyone was visiting, I grabbed mom and we took off to the beach. It wasn't very warm, but the warmth of the sun allowed us to gather a few treasures.(pictures later) Afterward I sat with mom on her front deck discussing my plans and I realized something I had known to be true but failed to consider. CQ is my hobby, not my job. I love to make things on a whim. All the fun and creativity is sucked out of any project when it is a "must do".

Needless to say, my creative muse was over worked and she almost gave up and packed her bags.I felt better and relaxed when I returned home. What was I thinking?
Therefore I will not be taking a space at the marketplace. I do not want to create on demand. I am fortunate that I don't have to sell my things, I just enjoy making stuff and having an outlet to keep my studio from bursting at the seams. My projects are very time consuming,as those of you who hand stitch know, and to have to create things each week to sell makes me quiver.
I'm very glad I didn't commit to this, and I'm sure my pals Wendy and Sue feel the same although we haven't had a chance to sit and discuss it. I know they don't want their weekends planned for them either.

With that off my chest, I can happily say that my items will be added to Artfire this week and whatever else I make whenever I create on a whim. When my camera batteries charge, I will be photographing what I have made along with some kits to hopefully weed out some unneeded stash and start uploading.

I am glad I took a bit of time to clear my head. I'm off to exhale and blow bubbles!


  1. I completely understand! I feel the same way about my tatting and other creative outlets...they're just OUTLET...a hobby, not a JOB. If I made any of those things my job I think I'd lose my creativity...really! It only comes when I'm in a relaxed stated...or desiring to feel relaxed, not when I'm stressed or pressured which is how I would feel if I made it a "job".

  2. Pat, I am so glad you came to this decision. I used to se11 back in the 80's, but you are exactly right. The public dictates what you will make. Its definitely not as much fun. Selling on Etsy and Artfire probably enhances your sense of accomplishment. Besides, we would hate to see you get too busy to blog!

  3. Great decision. I was wondering how you were going to have the time to do this along with everything else. No point adding all of that stress to something you love if you don't have to.

  4. I think you made the right decision. It's a lot different when you have to create, than when you want to create. Things that we want to create always turn out better, because out heart and spirit is in it.
    Have a great day!

  5. Pat you have said it so well. Do not let others dictate what and when you create. I would be very sad if I did not have your blog to read and follow. You are an ispiration to be certain.

  6. Wise woman there realized this way before it became a disaster.
    Glad your muse didn't pack up and hit the!


  7. This is the story of my life... The minute I turn something I love into a business, I begin to resent and hate the time it takes and even the people that want this or that to their specifications....

    When I did the button painting tut there were lots of requests to buy buttons....from experience... no-no-no. So good for you to realize that loving what you do makes you even more loveable and lovely.... AND as a reward for being so tuned into your inner self, send me your snail address and I will give you a hand-painted button for free...much more fun that way!!!!

    Gerry Krueger

  8. Oh Pat, I so understand where you are coming from! I didn't listen to that inner voice that I believe is God whispering to me, and I burned out completely for a few years. I am just now coming back to enjoying my creating on a whim. I wonder why it is that so many of us believe that we have to sell our goods to be valued. I don't know if that is the case for you, but I have found it was for me and have worked on that issue. I was raised with the notion that unless you were working you were lazy, so I believe mine came from that. I am working to overcome that and create just for fun, for myself and to give to those I love. Life is a journey! I am looking forward to using my $10 in Artfire with items you will be posting.

  9. Hi Kiddo,

    Don't you just love when the fog lifts so you can see the path you are traveling on??!!

    Pattie ;)
    Mazatlan Mx.

  10. ~*WISDOM INDEED!*~

    I am SO glad to hear this from you!
    I've not sold or promoted my work in some time because it has been conflicting with my calling of service and sharing.

    If you are not too overwhelmed, please celebrate April 28th with me.
    I've made a holiday for wearing and sharing ~*Art to Wear Charms!*~

    I'll be giving supplies and charms away for fun!


  11. Good for you Pat!!! Don't dfo it unless you ahve to or you really enjoy creating on demand. Some people do I suppose. I don't like it but I do need to be trying to make a little extra- for vacation funds etc. so I try to balance. I ahv egottent o the ppoint taht I have to force myself to create just because. Time to reste the scales I think!!! thanks again for the inspiration!!
    Big Spring Hugs!

    Besides I am sure that most people would consider all that you do for the Comfort Doll Project WORK????? That is work from your heart, and your joy and giving nature shines through. That is a huge amount for anyone to take on and you see all the time how very important that project is!!!!

  12. Yes to all the above. I find things just go WRONG when I try and sell my creations. I have seen quite a few of my friends become "hardened" through having to sell. I had some of my ideas taken and used by a friend on her website- it really surprised and hurt me. She is under pressure to come up with ideas all the time. I am SO glad someone else is saying these things too. You made exactly the right choice Pat.

  13. Pat:

    "All the fun and creativity is sucked out of any project when it is a "must do".

    I couldn't have said it any better. That's EXACTLY how I feel. I tell my husband that I LOVE what I'm doing as long as I don't HAVE to do it. Once it becomes a CHORE I, too, will stop.

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter holiday.


  14. It's so easy to get caught up in the details that we wind up going the wrong direction. I've learned to listen to myself. When you are feeling frazzled it's time to take a step back. The relief that comes with making the right choice is indescribable!

  15. Pat, I agree whole must not lose the's the journey of creating that is so rewarding to me..if I can bring a price for a finished piece and bring joy to someone through it then it's wonderful. But to be on a time table for production..well, it just can't's too complex and would warp my brain..LOL

    Art Fire should give Etsy some competition. It seems to be doing a lot of advertising.

    Hugs to you,
    Queen of Dreamsz

  16. Wow,Pat this posting is wonderful. I have always felt pressured to try to 'make money' with my hobbies. During recent year I have realized that is not an avenue I am comfortable traveling. As you stated, things take time and even family sometimes doesn't understand. Thank you, Ruby

  17. Pat, I'm so glad you realized that this wasn't for you before you got in there. Thank heavens you saw the need to clear your head and your Mom was there for you.
    Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings


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