taking stock


My grandmother used to say something like:
"If you're in a hurry dress up slowly."

I've been reminding myself of that all week long. Go slower. Just think.

I feel like I want to run, run, run with all the ideas that I've been having. I'm so inspired and yet I haven't created anything tangible—rare for me. What I have done is taken steps towards what I really want right now and what I want to accomplish in the next few months.

For starters, there is no longer a Book #2 in progress. Today, I finally came to the conclusion that my proposal wasn't strong enough. Tweaking it wasn't going to get it further along. So it's completely off my plate. I want to be dancing around in anticipation when my proposal is done and I wasn't. A better and stronger idea will come. Surprisingly I don't feel defeated at all. I feel relieved. There's nothing worse than a half-cooked idea.

Remember my survey? I thought that it would give me some answers and it has, but only partially. As you can see the top three are almost equal contenders and this has given me more to think about. I'll be deciding how I'm moving forward with this information in the next couple of weeks. Thank you so much to those of you that have participated so far. You still can if you'd like to help me out.

23.3%    Paper crafts (general for beginners)
25.6%    Paper crafts (specific - ie. parties, holidays, decorating)
23.3%    Paper crafts (digital machine cutting)
16.3%    Recycling crafts (paper only)
4.7%      Recycling crafts (assorted materials)
0.0%      Crafts for kids
7.0%      Block printing

There are other decisions that I'm making in regards to this blog as well. No, it's not going anywhere! I just think it's time to take it to the next level. You'll see...

My sketchbook has taken a good beating this week. I have had so many ideas coming and going that if I didn't write them down I'd either a) completely forget them (very likely!) or b) my head would feel like it's going to explode.

So, yep, my brain is pretty much mush this week. Thinking a lot. It's all good... except I wish there were ten of me. Now the trick is to just start somewhere.

Here I go.

PS - My "Inspired By" posts will resume next week.
The photo is a peek at a project that was part of Book 2. Looking at it makes me wonder why I haven't worked with pop-ups. Now that would be fun book to work on!

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