You know, I had this deal to list at least 2 things a day and blog daily for the rest of the month, starting on the 15th. I've been slowly getting more lackadaisical about sticking to that and now I'm just over it. I think that the only thing I accomplished was making the few readers we have totally bored of me. So, instead of acknowledging the fact that I said I'd do something and I didn't, I'm just going to re-write the structure of the Gregorian calender and knock the next 3 days out of existence. Art Bead Scene usually does their blog hop for their monthly challenge on the last day of the month, but for whatever reason they did this month's today, so that makes me feel more justified somehow. Oh- I will have to make one exception, though. I always do the Honey Bijou Hive post on the last day of the month, and in that case, the last day will be the 30th. BECAUSE I SAID SO!
I listed this bead in the shop last night and it hadn't gotten one single view. Would somebody please click on this picture and restore my self esteem? Thanks.
|Medallion Shaped Doodlebead- Purple and Yellow|
Here are the things that I often have to remind myself when I'm in the middle of creative projects. They're applicable for all the different things I do- painting, drawing, graphic design, jewelry design, and hair & makeup styling- so I bet you can apply them to your craft as well.
My Creative Courage Credo
- I do not need permission to experiment with materials in new ways. This is called "being inventive" not "doing it wrong". If it functions better or looks better upside-down or backwards, it's totally valid to do it that way.
- I can and should take other people's opinions into consideration. However, I should never forget that in my work, my own creative voice is the most important one.
- My worst critic is my own internal naysayer. He's the little fellow (I imagine he looks like Rumpelstiltskin for some reason) in my head that says, "That looks stupid! What's the point of this again? Why'd you put that there?". He's not allowed in my workspace.
- I'm allowed to change my mind on whether or not a piece is finished. If I think of a way to improve on something 5 years after I decided it was done, it's OK to pick it up again and re-work it. That's how good things become great things.
- No masterpiece gets made without having some awkward stages during the process. If something is looking like poop, that just means it's not done yet.