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  • Anyone lacking momentum??

    I find that I get so busy working to build stock for local events and shows and when they pass it's like a go slow attitude. I find it difficult to shake off, especially when I'm trying to entertain my 13 month daughter as well. Have a very large show coming up... and panic springs to mind. I'm trying to get into the .. PMA mode.. positive mental attitude, but it's tough.

    I don't suppose my third tumbler of rtum id helponf.... see what I mean (this is what rum does to you!).

    Perhaps I should just go to bed.

    What do you do to get your momentum back?

    hick
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  • #2
    Put down the rum and slowly step away . . . . .



    Why don't you look to the stuff you've made that's tried and tested - re-make a few of your previous designs that have sold well and once you start you usually get your momentum back.
    Auntynet

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    • #3
      I went through a phase like that a while back. I kept sitting at my beading table surrounded by must-have beads and findings but just couldn't put anything together that I was happy with. So instead I decided to re-do some pieces I had already made but which I felt needed tweeking.That got back my inspiration (oh and a large g+t often does the trick for me!)
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      • #4
        I lose my inspiration for designs regularly, or my mojo as I call it I think it's the pressure of 'having' to get things done rather than having the time to just let the creative juices take you somewhere. When I was crafting for fun I always had loads of ideas, not all good!, but ideas just the same. Sometimes now I can go days with just rubbish ideas. I don't have a fix for myself so I will watch this thread closely to see what everyone else does.
        I'll try that G&T suggestion first!
        Anice xx
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        • #5
          I've got the opposite thing at the moment: too many ideas and not enough time! Sometimes I wonder which is worse...
          Mel

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          • #6
            Umm yes you should definately come off the Rum (it's Vodka with me) as it really shuts you down!
            Unfortunately I too find pressure and deadlines totally disabelling! I haven't yet had the courage to put myself through an event like a craft fair but I'm bad enough meeting deadlines for individual customers and family members to know that I'd explode if was faced with something big to do!
            I'm at my most productive when left to my own devices (and timescale)!

            I totally sympathise with you, but try to relax and tackle things methodically. Write a list of the things you need to get done and put them in order of priority. If there are things you know will be popular at the show then give them your attention first and then move onto those items with lower priority (really should listen to myself more). Once you start to make some progress it should give you the drive to carry on.

            Good luck. I know it's hard when you've got a little one to look after but keep striving for that PMA and it'll soon kick in!
            Natalie
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            • #7
              Keep an ideas book. I take it everywhere with me and I write down any ideas I have. A regular flick back through that normally gets me thinking and inspires me to get off my bum and make something. I also really like having a look through flickr at others work to get colour themes etc and that can sometimes spark off a good idea. Blogs are good for that too. I would try and make several similar items too in different colour schemes as that helps to build up your stock quickly.
              Hope that helps
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              • #8
                I sometimes just have a break from it - but then I am not in a selling stuff at craft fairs situation... sometimes I have a go at something completely unrelated. Sometimes I have too many ideas that I know they'll never all get done!
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                • #9
                  I love a good browse though the jewellery section of Debenhams, (plus it's right near the handbag section,any excuse,lol) or I grab a coffee and browse through google images.
                  Each tends to give me inspiration and a good excuse to buy more beads,but like swirlyarts suggested keep an idea book with you as you tend to get great ideas at the most obscure times,my best times seem to be when i'm ironing or hoovering.
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                  • #10
                    Anyone Laching Momentum...

                    Thanks for the ideas - I should take a doodle pad to all events I do to jot down ideas that spring to mind. Also you see many things at craft fairs that are inspirational. Infact that happened to me today. I was visiting my local agricultural show and a stall holder was showing similar jewellery to what I make, but she was charging twice as much. So that has inspired me a little and I realise that I offer value for money. I also got a couple of ideas from her.

                    Thanks to all of you who have helped with ideas.

                    Oh... on the wine tonight.
                    Bottoms up
                    Take care

                    Kathryn
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                    • #11
                      My inspiration usually comes late at night on the eve of a craft fair, and those items are usually the first to sell. The trouble is I don't usually have time by then to make loads and the next week or so the inspiration evaporates. I do the 'copy an older style' as well which usually leads on to other versions. I am trying to get together a selection of gemstone jewellery but get stuck with what beads to use in between as spacers. Seed beads are sometimes too small and I tend to buy fancy beads rather than plain.
                      I also tend to stick with one thing at a time, all necklaces then bracelets and earrings etc. That seems to help the flow better.

                      Melanie

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