Thursday, January 9, 2020

When The Craft Fog Hits...

Hi my friends, it's hard to believe the first week of January has gone already. I was so busy making stuff in the run-up to Christmas, that I'll be sharing with you soon, it took me a while to head back to the cubbyhole and when I did, I found myself in a complete craft fog. It's just typical and a problem that we all suffer from, lots of new products you are itching to play with but there isn't the tiniest hint of inspiration jumping into your crafty brain.
I've learned over the years not to beat myself up but to walk away and distract myself with my go-to cure, tidying, cleaning and organising. It was time to tackle a nightmare task that has been put on the back burner for months - clearing out what has become a holding area for unwanted clutter in the little room at the back of the garage, the place where empty boxes, the stuff that has already been de-cluttered from the cubbyhole and lots of spiders live, the place that looks like a hoarder's paradise, the place without a clear pathway through to the garage anymore. And I can't help but ask myself, why move unwanted clutter from one place and deposit it in another, making twice the work and who in their right mind would hold on to 3 Christmas Crackers from Christmas goodness knows when.
"That's not as bad as you are making out" I hear you say, but I was so traumatised by the sight that greeted me, I had to retreat back to the house for 2 cups of coffee before I could muster the courage to make a start and this was the halfway stage after 3 hours of deconstructing and flattening cardboard boxes, filling umpteen black bags and making 3 trips to the recycle centre. But finally, it's back to being a tidy storage space with lots of stuff set aside for Brodie's first fund-raising foray into the world of the car boot sale.
To kick off the fund-raising for 2020, I scored and folded a pile of card blanks, matching them up with envelopes and cello bags
re-used a pile of backgrounds from old A2 cards and trimmed them down to fit A6 cards, the most popular sized card in the UK.
Today I'm hoping to fire up Brodie's Machu Picchu World Challenge Fund Raising production line and get creating Valentine's Day and Easter cards.
Fingers crossed, the craft fog has cleared.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

10 comments:

Crafting Queen said...

You have been super productive. Good luck today. Anesha x

Janette said...

Oh my Kath I could do with just an ounce of your inspiration, well done on the clear up, looks wonderful and Brodie is a very lucky boy having you help him out, the things we do for our grandkids..haha...I hope today its back to the craft room less the 'fog'...enjoy.x

Stamps and Paper said...

Well done for having a clear out and tidy up Kath....Like you I can't get much inspiration for card making at the moment but as you know the 'fog' does clear eventually

Anne

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, you did such a great job tidying up and your new shelving looks fab! I'm loving all those cards too, what beautiful designs 😁. Wishing you a happy and creative New Year! Hugs, Jo x

scrappergirl56 said...

We all have "those" rooms/garages...LOL. It is good for the body/mind to get into the cleaning/organizing mode...I am a total organization freak and find it relaxing to sort and file, label and package...etc...weird I know...LOL. Great job with your project, I do hope it cleared the fog for you and for us...

Kathy H said...

You are an inspiration in so many ways! I am fairly new to your blog. What is Brodie raising funds for? It would be nice to have a little room inside the garage! You have been a cleaning whirlwind lately and you are encouraging me to do the same! Unfortunately,my Japanese heritage tells me to do it before the year ends. Oh well, better late than EVER!

Annie said...

Well done Kath xx I am sure you felt great afterwards, albeit a bit tired too xx I am going to make a start on my craft room next week as too many things on this week xx Your cards are fantastic and will do well in helping Brodie with his fund raiser xx

Huge hugs Annie x

Kath Stewart said...

Brodie is taking part in the Machu Picchu World Challenge 2021 Kathy H https://www.facebook.com/Brodies-Machu-Picchu-World-Challenge-2021-101739817935411/

Robyn Lynn said...

Good for you Kath - job well done! I find I get the "fog" when dealing with my own clutter, but can easily address others messes with a clear mind/goal. Hmmm... emotional attachment? LOL!

Jo Summers said...

Kath you inspire me for years, and yet again I'm following your foot steps xxx