I complained to my husband this morning that I had writer’s block, and desperately needed inspiration for this week’s post.
Two things to note here:
1. It’s not that I’m not crafting. I actually have more projects in the works than ever before, it’s just that none are really ready to make an appearance yet here on the blog. (You should see my work table!)
2. I’m also very distracted these days (you know…with a new baby set to arrive in T-5 weeks!), so sitting down to concentrate on writing isn’t the easiest thing to do.
Well, leave it to my sweet husband to give me the kick in the behind I needed with his response of “Nikki, there’s no such thing as writer’s block! You’ve never had talker’s block, have you? If your readers were sitting right here at this table drinking coffee with you, you ‘d be able to chat crafts for days.”
And, he’s right.
We’d laugh and share stories.
We’d exchange ideas, techniques, and favorites places to find inspiration.
We’d tell tales of crafts gone wrong.
And the entire time we wouldn’t be searching for topics to discuss…it would just come naturally!
So, let’s do it!
Today I’m throwing out three short ideas, call them “mini-blog-posts” if you will, providing inspiration for our crafty talk, and feel free to comment away!
Throw in your own two cents!
Agree or disagree…say whatever you feel!
Reply to other people’s comments and ideas!
Let’s just chat!
And who knows?
Maybe this will turn into a regular event!
Nikki, In Stitches
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1. I thought I hated the color purple.
I was asked to make a few custom cuffs for a boutique that carries my accessory line..all of which needed to be purple. So, of course, I looked to my fabric stash that literally contains hundreds and hundreds of prints in all colors of the rainbow…only to find 4 (yes, just FOUR!) purple fabrics, none of which I liked enough to make work.
Then I went online to search for fabrics (See “mini-blog-post” #3 below) and found two. Yup, I could only find TWO that I liked.
I was convinced it was my hatred for the color purple that was blocking me from finding fabric that worked.
Fast forward a few days, the fabric arrived, I got to work on the cuffs…and I fell in love!
I absolutely love how they turned out (that’s them in the picture above!), and have even made myself one…in purple!
What colors are missing from your stash? Which ones do you have to force yourself to work with? Is there a color you steer clear of?
2. Pinterest Problems.
I am in a love/hate relationship with Pinterest.
Sometimes (when I can put in a search term and get hundreds of great ideas that I love in return) I love it.
However, when I can’t find anything there that I like, I get frustrated…fast.
And to make matters worse, I get so upset when people don’t pin the link that accompanies the project. You end up just at an uploaded picture page, and then have to search the site for the project you’re looking for.
Please pin appropriately, people!
Do you pin? How much time do you spend pinning? Be honest! We promise not to judge!
3. I want to be addicted to online shopping.
Online shopping is so hard for me.
I’m more of a “touch and feel, compare tones, get a good idea of scale” kind of person…all of which is hard to do just by looking at a tiny picture on my computer screen.
And it’s not just fabric that is my issue.
I’m making wedding invitations for my sister-in-law right now, and I couldn’t even order the paper online without seeing it first.
I’m that annoying person that always requests samples first.
Yes, it slows the entire process down, makes no financial sense, and is frustrating for the company I’m contacting, but I just can’t do it.
I need to actually see, feel, and compare before buying.
Can you shop online for fabrics, papers, etc. that you haven’t yet seen in person? Is this really something I should be complaining about? I mean…my wallet is probably thankful that I have this issue, right?
PS…This gently push in the right direction from my husband apparently was inspired by this post he read of Seth Godin’s. Although I’d like to thank my hubby for inspiring this post, I can’t give him all the credit. ♥