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Conflicted but creative

I’ve had quite a time this weekend.   On the one hand, after seeing my business mentor I feel very conflicted, but on the other hand I’m feeling fulfilled at being creatively productive.

Here’s my dilemma

I’m in my fifties and I know that in order to have a better quality of life further on down the track and looking towards retirement age, I need to put into place some sensible strategies now in order to create more passive income later.  I like the internet and social media (can’t you tell from reading this blog?) and so am looking at using my website to sell more of my creations as well as e-books and e-courses.

In my past, I’ve produced guided relaxation cds and these sell well in a couple of reputable businesses in the city and have done for years, and I also have sound bytes on my current (old) website so people can listen to them and decide via the internet instead of going physically shopping.

Also in my past – although to be honest it seems more like a past life – I’ve run workshops (creative expression, relaxation, meditation) and love working with people and seeing a transformation through the process.

So long-term, creating internet-friendly books and courses to assist people to do this and also free themselves to be more creative, is a concept that sits well with me.

Trouble is, my conflict comes because I’m a bit of a short-term pleasure girl.

I also have a good excuse to continue this tendency:  I have markets coming up and I want to create more silk and felt jewellery, scarves and accessories to sell.  Not only for the money.  I just love making things.  But, I can’t do two things at once given my time constraints and fluffy personality that’s not as organised as I could be if I’m really honest with myself.  (I could do with one of those chaise long psychiatrist couches at this point).

If I don’t get these e-books etc completed I can’t put them on my website for sale and I haven’t advanced any further towards my long-term goals.

Do you ever find yourself conflicted with “should do” vs “creativity now”?

Anyway, this whole dilemma has left me feeling a tad irritated.

So, have I been working on completing my other e-things this fine dry Australian autumn weekend?

No.  And anyone who knows me would add: “of course not”.

This is what I’ve been doing since my meeting with my truly lovely and genuine mentor at the end of last week.  I got out my half-finished book –

and before we go any further, I know I can finish a book because I have a completed contemporary romance on Amazon Kindle and those people who have read it from there and my hard copy at home have said it’s a page turner! (For anyone interested, it’s here).

– and I sat down with my e-book paperwork folder, shuffled the paper around, wrote some ideas up on my whiteboard and loaded Kingston Office App on my phone. It’s a free app that I discovered that will enable me to use my smart phone as a word processor.

See, I’m a bit stubborn when I have to decide doing what I want and doing what I should.  Always have been.  But that’s a whole topic for another day lol.

The solution to my dilemma

The long and the short of it is that after a brief sojourn into my e-book, I have come to a solution of sorts.  What I’ve decided to do is spend the next couple of weeks making felt toward the Mother’s Day markets and when I get on the plane to the UK in the middle of May for a three week trip, I’ll use my flying time wisely and complete my e-book using my new Kingston Office App (which will save me from taking my laptop and which I’ve also linked to Dropbox which is also a free program that means I can transfer my files from my phone to my home pc).

Please Gawd help there not to be any good in-flight movies showing…

This weekend’s creativity

I’m happy after doing what I really wanted to do: hand-dying, sewing, cutting, beading, stringing and completing a couple of new accessories.  I’ve made more jewellery and dyed wool and silk and a lovely open weave scarf a friend brought me back from Thailand, and also tried my hand at covering a Galaxy phone case with a beautiful piece of blue/green felt.

I managed to spill a bowl of raspberry dye all over the kitchen counter top, but after a few expletives and a lot of  bleach (sorry environment), the kitchen actually looks a lot cleaner than it did before.

So yeah, I even got some housework done!

I won’t bore you any more with details, but will leave you with a gallery of various pics of this weekend’s handiwork.

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My soggy balls wouldn’t dry!

Before I share my story about my soggy balls, let me just go back to Sunday’s local craft market.  It turned out to be a lovely sunny day – amazing considering we’ve had weeks of rain and are all growing webbed feet!

I had the chance to display my new jewellery on a makeshift stand made up of a plastic stand covered with a piece of un-dyed pre-felt batting, which created a light background that framed the felt jewellery nicely.

After the previous market, I didn’t have a huge amount of stock left, so I brought a couple of my paintings for display at the other end of the table.

Stall at local market

Here is a close up of the jewellery which I think looks cute lined up in three columns of colour.

First display of jewellery

While I was at the market, I started another earrings and necklace set.  I had time to roll and stitch pieces of felt and later that afternoon, I added the beading to the earrings, plaited three colours of embroider’s cotton to make a necklace and finished the set.  I love the colour combination.

New blue felt necklace and earring set.

As you can see, I’ve put the necklace together slightly differently this time, with a loop of beading that I’ve attached to the main necklace with two jump rings.

So what about my soggy balls?

Well, as I said above, it’s been raining for gawd knows how long and things seem to take so long to dry.  I made a few little felt balls in cream and also blended amber shades, which will be the basis for some new jewellery.

Even though I made these balls two days ago, and put them to dry in the kitchen on an upturned sieve so they would get reasonable air circulation, when I came home from work today eager to get going on the next lot of jewellery, I couldn’t.  I was also concerned that if I left the balls to dry too much longer they’d end up getting that mildewy smell that damp towels get when they haven’t dried quickly. Yuk! I definitely didn’t want that!

After briefly considering using the hairdryer, I decided against that because it would take too long, so I went for an easier way.  I’d nuke ’em.

After three minutes in the microwave the little balls were dry and after a couple of minutes longer, the larger balls were light and perky.

If you’re going to do something like this, I’d recommend checking them regularly because you don’t want them to dry too soon and catch fire.  That could turn out nasty.

After that, I had to do some housework – the bane of every creative person’s life I reckon.  Or maybe just mine, lol, I don’t know.  So another day has been ‘wasted’.  Tomorrow though, after a couple of morning appointments, I get to play – to be creative.

Let’s see what my creative juices put together tomorrow.  For now though, I’ll leave you with a photo of my little balls when they were still wet.  Can you spot the one that’s going to be a little cube?

Little felt balls

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