Yup, that’s me; guilty. Of what, exactly?
Guilty of starting too many projects and not finishing most of them. Guilty of feeling frustrated. Guilty of feeling guilty.
What’s in that pile of projects?
- Two coiled rope baskets ready to be sewn. That is, the fabric has been coiled around the rope, and I ‘only’ must sew them into basket shapes. Sounds simple, yes? And not so time-consuming.
- Four handbags in the works: One travel-bag (adapted from this Etsy pattern),
- Two handbags of my own design, and the City Bag, of Nicole Mallalieu’s (of You Sew Girl) designs.
- Countless pieces of hand-dyed silk waiting to be turned into nuno felt, and subsequently turned into other stuff.
- Food to be made in quantities and then frozen for my toddler.
- New handbag and small purse patterns to test.
- Stuff to paint.
- A few Craftsy classes to complete.
- Starting (and finishing!!) an online Surface Design in Felt-Making course from Fiona Duthie. (Seriously excited about this one – her work is fantastic!!)
I could go on, but I can feel my shoulders tensing up as this list lengthens. Why do I let these things pile up? Why can’t I just start one thing and then finish it? Am I afraid to make something that isn’t nice? Am I afraid it will be nice and that will add more tension and pressure? Or perhaps it’s just simple; I start too many projects.
I don’t know the answer, and frankly, I’m really not into analyzing these things, I just want to make some progress. So, taking a cue from Kristin at Sew Mama Sew and her 12 Steps for Enjoying a Stress-Free Hobby, I’m going to “Tackle one project at a time… OK, maybe two.” , and then another two, and another two, and so on…
How do you keep yourself focused on one or two projects at a time? How do you harness your creativity and see it through to a finished project?
Ciao for now,