Thursday, November 4, 2010

When loss of focus invades the creative spirit

I've always been a focused person.  Not necessarily in my thinking of "everyday" stuff (I'm quite scattered regarding those)...but with crafts, I never used to have a major problem.  I've been cross-stitching for over 25 years, and for the most part, getting most pieces stitched.  Not framed, necessarily, but the bulk of the work done.  Same with crocheting.  I've done many afghans over the years, doilies to make my granny proud, and various other crafts.

But when it comes to the internet--I become totally ADD.  I go online, with the intent to read a few stitching blogs.  Click a couple of sites off *their* blogs, and now I'm in quilt land.  Wonderful!  I'm amazed at the beautiful quilts, and I'm all geared up to begin one myself.
Click a few more links...voila, I'm in miniature land.  I am so inspired by what I see, and I want to try my hand at making itty-bitty furniture...and dolls. Never mind that my eyesight isn't what it used to be!
Click, click...and now I'm back to cross stitch blogs.
I'm exhausted!
I've lost my steam.
It takes all my effort to pry my fingers off the keyboard, pick up my stitching, and focus.  At this rate, I will never have my Christmas stitching done!

I will set my sights (and energy) on smaller projects.  I have a little Bent Creek piece called "Winter" that will probably only take me a couple of days to finish.
And...I'm beginning to make a dent in my UFOs!
Another finished piece--The Great Horned Owl, from "Eagles and Owls" by Cross My Heart
Let me tell you, *never* again.  Over 60 colours, blends of browns, grays.  Hardly a few stitches in the same area, then colour change. Next time I get the urge to do "nature", I'll get me head examined, instead!