A new challenge…

Day 1 - Simple Hoop Earrings

I’ve always struggled with inertia.  I have had times of great productivity, activity, and creativity, but I often have gotten overwhelmed by too many obligations, too many ideas, too many emotions, too much rushing through my brain and instead of using it to propel myself forward, I’ve let it paralyze me.

Before I went on vacation in December I found myself with some time and some inspired moments of creativity.  I was looking through a book I have, Crafter’s Devotional: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit, and I thought it would be a great way to set a challenge for myself for the new year.  Then, last week Gen gave me 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Everyday and Change Your Life! and it seemed obvious.

So here I am, beginning a new year with this new challenge set before me and it seemed sensible to create a new site to document my adventures.  For me, the idea is to do something creative everyday, and I’m going to use the prompts in the two books I mentioned above to help me with ideas and challenges.  I’m also going to add an additional wrinkle to it.  My dear friend Nicole, who I’ve known since we were little more than toddlers, introduced me to a term that I love: PIGs – Projects IGrocery Bags.  These are the projects (often stored in ubiquitous plastic grocery bags) you’ve started and set aside, meaning to finish…eventually.

Some of us have a few, some of us have many.  I find myself continually adding to my collection of PIGs, and I have mixed feelings about them.  I tend to feel guilty about not finishing them and the obligation to these partially completed projects becomes an albatross around my neck.  So, one of my resolutions is to finish the projects I really want to finish (there’s a very cool chandelier in my future) and let go of the projects that for whatever reason I have no desire to go back to.  That means that I will remove that project from my life by giving it away, reusing the materials or (as a last resort) throwing it away.  But,  the result is I’ll let it go.

So to Day 1 – from 365: A Daily Creative Journal – “The first step is the hardest, so start small today and make something that fits in the palm of your hand using only the material in your immediate environment.”

Day 1 - Simple Hoop Earrings

Here are the earrings I made with some cool metal loops I brought back from Florida.  Maybe I’ll even wear them to work tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “A new challenge…

  1. Nic says:

    Love it. I’m in carpool line. Have bags from the craft store on the seat next to me. I bought a new craft today. This one is too big for a puny grocery bag. More to follow. Love, N

  2. Liz says:

    Julie, I love the name of the blog and the challenge you’ve put in front of yourself! So many PIGs, so little time, but you are making time. I can relate! Keep ’em comin’!

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