August 3, 2008 § 6 Comments
Sometimes the words won’t come and the closest I can be to paper is to play with it and after drawing in my journal (an utterly ridiculous pasttime because an artist I am not) and still, nothing to write or say, I play with my photos and scissors.
Such was the occasion several weeks ago. Card-making. Something to do with photos that were laying about without album, shoebox or anywhere to call home. Often I’ll tuck the orphan photos into a letter. But when words won’t come, letters to friends and family don’t, either.
HM was working at the dining room table (he refuses a desk at home though I’d love to get him a “Hemingway” desk) and I sat down with him, surrounding my corner of the table with various papers, a cutter, a pile of homeless photos and glue, and started sticking things together. It seemed like a good thing to do at the time and I have seen many a fine card rendered by others on the Internet (check out Etsy, too). They seem to tap into something magnificent somehow, be it minimal or maximal. I just kept going that day at the table with HM and came up with a few very very homemade looking cards.
One day at work, weeks later, RWick showed me stationery a friend had made for her. It was stunning. Simple. Classy. And packaged in tissue in a large box. A lovely gift. Inspiring. This week I looked at my “paper” stuff. I have a significant amount of it, collected, and laughed conspiratorially when I saw the piles of quilt stuff Redness showed on her blog.
I shall rage on in an attempt to create something useable. I am surrounded by creativity. It is now only a matter of tapping into it…somehow.
Perhaps the key is two-fold. Clean up my (at-home) office and start better time management, not in a strict way, but in such a way that allows for thinking my way into “create time.”
I will begin today with getting rid of piles of stuff (again) on my writing/craft table.
So many of you manage multi-interests brilliantly. Maybe you plan. Maybe you don’t plan. Maybe I should set a “loose” schedule. Any tips on juggling a full work week, family and productive creative time?