Make space for good things; mind, studio and soul.
A friend of mine recently inspired me to start cleaning out my creative space. I thought that surrounding myself with beautiful materials would inspire me. The exact opposite happened, it distracted me. I would be working on an idea and find an old project, then start working on that. I would be working on a deadline, then see something I always wanted to try then I started putting time into something that isn't relevant. I call this Attention DISTRACTION DEVICES.
Spring is here; we are all tidying house. I highly recommend you make a little time to take a deep look at what you love making (or doing) the most. Refine the mediums you work in, and pour your attention into that. I am a Renassaince Woman, I can do just about everything. However, I shouldn't and it has taken me hours of work on "projects" with little to show for it, to realize this. Picking one or two things is the best way to really get to know your passion, and show your best work.
I realized I should focus on my cards, my fine jewelry, and my art. Everything else should go. Not just GO, but be LET GO. Last week I let go of a lot of supplies I wasn't using and cleared out my space. I donated the items to "Dumpster Dive" at Milkweeds in Sugar Loaf, which was probably the most fun I have had in a long time. As each piece of paper, jewelry supply, and craft item walked away with someone else, I sighed with relief. My attitude lighted as my burden of "STUFF" walked out the door.
These supplies don't fit into what I want to accomplish. I am not going to make scrapbook greeting cards anymore. I don't use base metal in my jewelry. I certainly didn't need so many paper trimmers. However, someone else did. It was joy to see items go home, to their true potential. The people who took items home will do more with that stuff than I ever could.
Consider focusing your craft and removing anything that doesn't support you and where you want to go. If you're not using it, its just baggage on a long journey.
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