Before heading into today’s post, let’s pause for an important announcement. Today is the official day of notification of all prizes won through last month’s Grow Your Blog event. And so that means thanks to the magic of drawing a name of the hat (actually I used a real hollowed out and dried cacao pod – it felt like the proper Valentine-y thing to do) we have a winner.
In case you’re wondering who supervised the drawing, here is pictorial evidence all was on the up and up. Or perhaps that’s on the down and down with head-resting-because-this-is-such-tiring-work. In any case Jupiter The Cat was official overseer.
And as you can see, the winner is: Janet Hovde. I’ll be in touch Janet for your mailing info. And thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a little comment love. You are loved and appreciated!
Here’s a photo of the giveway – an origami box I folded and a beaded bangle I wire-wrapped – both quite Spring-like in appearance I think. Just the ticket for pushing past mid-winter doldrums.
And now to return to our regular programming…
If you’ve been regularly following my posts you likely know I’m playing in a group that’s been working through the SoulSpace book together, working on creating spaces that perfectly reflect us on every level. And as with any big project, there are always ripples into other areas. This whole releasing stuff, organizing stuff, dreaming about what I want, and then creating it has opened me to thinking about those things in all aspects of my life – particularly my business and my creative work.
Of course those are things I think about quite a bit anyway since they’re hugely important to me, but the pieces that I’m currently rolling around in my mind are more about looking for new ways to experiment with timing and production and when and how to give my attention to things.
This always feels like a bit of a tricky area to me because I’m such an adamant advocate for following my inspiration, my intuition, and my heart. But lately I’ve been dreaming about a system where I had better visual access to projects calling to me.
I know some makers, particularly when they’re creating for buyers, have project tables. So they produce things in the order in which they are ordered. I’d love to have a space where I had a long table I could line up little gatherings of projects – I think that would be fabulously fun and likely spark all kinds of additional creative inspirations as well.
I think because I’m visual I like seeing things next to each other. I know this is particularly true when I’m creating jewelry or talismans. I like to have a bunch of stuff out so I can see and feel how the various bits connect and combine energies, and colors, and forms. I find it very exciting. So I think a “project table” would be an equally interesting variation of that.
But given that I don’t actually have the space for the kind of table I’m thinking of, I’m trying to figure out what might be a perfect-fit solution for me that delights and inspires, without overwhelming or turning into a jumbled mess that is discouraging and chaotic. I don’t know if I want a projects board, or an altar to hold ideas, or a tiny multi-drawered cabinet I can leave little symbolic representations sticking out of drawers, or something altogether different that I haven’t thought of yet. None of what I have imagined feels exactly right, but the illusive alternate hasn’t appeared either.
So I’m asking for ideas. Do you have any suggestions? Something that works for you, or something you’re thinking about? How do you keep track of your myriad of inspirations that have moved from inspiration stage and are ready to be implemented; and how do you keep them up front in actionable mode rather than hidden in journals or lists? Please share – you know I’d love to hear.