Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: I Need A New Productivity Equation
Why do I feel the need to measure my productivity every day? And how the heck do you measure "productivity" when you are a "creative?" When I do other types of work it can be easy to see what I have accomplished. If you cook a meal - you can see and eat the finished meal and you have that sense of accomplishment. When you check things off your "to-do" list; you can breathe a little easier - paid bills - check! Did blog post - check! Wrote out thank you card - check! The more risk-taking I do in the craft room though, the harder it becomes to just check things off a list. Some of my projects are in progress for a long time. Some I decide not to finish or just set aside. Some take a lot longer than one would guess. So I can walk out of the craft room feeling very satisfied from a creative perspective and then my logical mind (or maybe it's better described as my inner critic) shows up and says something like, "so, what did you really DO today????" And I feel a bit let down - and begin asking myself, "What did you really accomplish today Michelle?!" I definitely need a new productivity measure for tracking my success so that I can confidently respond to that logical side and say something like "I took three risks today!" or "I tried a new technique today" or "I engaged the creative gifts that I have been given." Any of these measures would make each and every day in the craft room equate to an incredibly productive experience!!!!!!! Yes, I don't need to change my practice - I just need to change how I measure it!
We have friends who invite us to dinner on a pretty frequent basis and our job is to bring a bottle of wine and the salad. We also get to bring Buddy since they have a dog who is one of Buddy's best friends :) I have gotten into the habit of decorating the wine bottles we bring and this last one was no exception :) For this week's Out On A Whim Wednesday I began with bright green felt. I had two large rectangles of the felt and I just sewed two diagonal lines down the felt to make a tree shape and then trimmed off the excess felt. You could just cut the felt down and glue the pieces together. I then die cut a star from sparkly white felt and glued it to the tree top. Next came the addition of pom-poms and rhinestones - so simple to add with hot glue or a quick dry glue. Finally, I stamped a piece of ribbon using Staz-On and adhered it with glue. So simple! I hope you like it! (You could also attach an elastic strap to the bottom and then it could turn into a Christmas tree hat :) Have a beautiful day!!!!!