Thursday, June 23, 2011

Time and Again...

After a bit of a dry spell idea-wise for me, it seems that my inspiration has come back full-throttle. And as usual, I have neither the time nor the energy to keep up with all of the ideas.

Monday was a good day for me. Any day that starts with beads is a good day, in my opinion, so when I went to pick up the mail and found my mailbox stuffed with goodies from Lima Beads, it was a fabulous way to start off the week!

Amongst these beauties were a few strands of freshwater pearls that I picked out. Most people don't know this, but I am a total freak for freshwater pearls. The last time I went to Bead Fest Philadelphia, I spent over $300 on freshwater pearls to add to my stash!

As I was drinking in the colors, textures and shapes of my new beads, I realized that two of the pearl strands were a perfect match to a couple of Lisa Peters Art square tube beads that I've had for a while.

I think that these two pieces are going to be relatively simple and maybe use some fun beaded beads that I doodled in my sketchbook a very long time ago.

Time management always seems to be a challenge for those of us who work from home, and particularly for those of us who are artists. My particular craft - beadweaving - is inherently time-consuming, but at the same time, I love the time I spend with my beads in quiet meditation as I stitch each bead into place. Time seems to fly by while I'm stitching, too. It's a good thing that I have a dog and a pre-schooler to get me up and out of my chair every few hours so that I can stretch and get my blood circulating again!

It seems, all too often, that we ignore our need to make art because we're too busy or we don't have time. In truth, we should always make time to make art. It's what gives us a chance to recharge our batteries after a hard day at work, let us find out more about ourselves and helps us explore our surroundings. 

Do you have time management challenges when it comes to your art or craft? What are they? How do you overcome them? Do you try to make time every day for your art?


Anonymous said...

I think it's very important to make time for everything you love, especially for creativity! It keeps you sane.

mairedodd said...

i can relate to this challenge completely... have i found the perfect solution? no... something has to go by the wayside... maybe a part of embracing what makes us whole is allowing for some things in our life to not always be perfect... like the house... i know when i am in full gear (that being said, there are constant interruptions with 3 kids) something has to give... would i rather get to work and do what fulfills me? or have all of the clothes/plates picked up? easy one... as my grandmother used to say, 'the dust will be there after you are gone.'

Patty said...

This is a perennial challenge for me. I'm trying the approach of sneaking in little bits at a time, and by getting things organized. Will let you know how that goes!

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