a is for...

Actively working. This is what I've been doing for the last few days. I will be participating in the Poppytalk Handmade Market that opens it's spring theme in a few days and I'm trying to get ready for it as quickly as I can. Sometimes I wish there was two of me which is one of the reasons why I really love my templates. It allows me more time to work on new ideas, and those of you that have been kind enough to purchase them, have all the fun making your own paper crafts and customizing them to your own tastes.

I always wonder what other people go through when they're creating new work. Doubts and misses seem to be part of my process, until I feel that I've reached a point where I have something worth while. I'm going through some doubts right now. It can be a bit frustrating. Ok - really frustrating. Typically, to get past this, I either have to get away from what I'm doing for a while or dig my heels in and work through it all. The trick is to find which approach to take.

Speaking of templates, I'm not sure what to make next. I'll have to take a peek at my sketch book, to see if have some ideas that are asking to come to life, or if I need to come up with a new one. We'll see.

For now it's time to go pick up my little ones at school. Have a great evening!


  1. thanks SO much for sharing a little of your "internal workings" in the creativity process. It is so good to know how others think too. I often have hit or miss! But when it's hit, what a wonderful feeling! Take care! Kelly

    p.s. I think the fact that you do templates is super cool! k

  2. i am always feeling doubtful! i have been for about 6 months and i seem to be creating less and less with each day that passes by. it is frustrating, but i'm still trying! i think that's all that matters.

    you should know that your work is very inspiring to me and i'm happy you're willing to share it so openly with everyone!

  3. Your templates are awesome...especially for the less *ahem* crafty of us. I'm learning, I'm learning!

  4. Ooh, I love this piece! I can't wait to see what new stuff you come up with. As an outsider, I'd never know that you had ANY doubts or misses because everything you do is amazing!

  5. Thanks everyone!! :)

    I'm so glad that you're enjoying my templates. I really have fun coming up with them.

    As far as my doubts, oh trust me, they're always there, but I think it's just what makes the creative process fun. It keeps you on your toes. If it were easy, the challenge/fun simply wouldn't be there. Right?

  6. You are so right about the template sales. I do a lot of applique for children's wear and I've often thought of offering the patterns. I like the idea of making something once, and then selling it over and over. Like books, art prints... good for you.

  7. I'd love to see a complete A-Z, and 1-9... the a for apple is lovely!

  8. Yes! The alphabet is coming and so are the numbers. Slowly, but surely.

  9. having a vision of the end result often alleviates self doubt but as an artist, doubt, fear, frustration are all a part of the creative process. we just make it look easy for others. love what you do and it will love you back.
    you do such nice, clean tidy work!


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