Wednesday, 9 January 2013


over the last few days i've felt a little blue. i have no definable reason for this, so am passing the blame onto those cliched "january blues", but it's been a bit rubbish none the less.
after a little catch up with lauren this week, she's given me some advice and a little push, so i've decided to have a bit of a ramble- please bear with me!

i am a crafter. fact. i keep miscellaneous items that others would discard in favour of a diy, i spent four years studying design and now work for a craft company, and so much of my everyday life revolves around crafting, making, creating, diy-ing, all of it.

however, creative blocks happen. everyone has them, i know that. they used to drive me up the wall at uni, and still drive me mad now. they can be the most frustrating things to deal with; especially when this blog mainly revolves around my creativity.
as my blog has developed it has definitely found its way into the "diy/craft" category, and this is something i'm so proud of. i love being able to share my diy's and makes with you all, and the fact that so many of you read and comment and take an interest in them is awesome- it's the best feeling!
but right now, and occasionally, i don't want to create. everything i draw, or make, goes wrong and i feel frustrated and pretty darn crap!

so, i've spent some time trying to figuring out what helps me out of these blocks, and thought i'd share what i've learnt with you all.

1. turn off your computer/laptop/phone etc.- i know this might seem obvious, but there is nothing more refreshing than isolating yourself from the internet for a while.

2. watch your favourite film- whether it's an arty film, a film that makes you feel good, or just a classic (harry potter for me obvs.) get lost in the story for a few hours!

3. look back through your favourite photos/diy's/letters -last year i made this memory book which is a collection of cards, postcards, gig tickets and other memorabilia that i've put together as a book. it never fails to make me feel better reading lovely things from lovely people.

4. challenge yourself- learn a new skill that you've always wanted to, or push yourself outside of your comfort zone- one of my little goals for myself is to start running properly once a week and i'm hoping this will give me some head space as well as being good for my health.

5. organise- i spent a few hours re-organising my filofax last weekend and my head definitely felt clearer. i know not everyone works in the same way, so find a method that you can make the most of, whether it's a pen and paper diary, your phone calendar or just post-it notes. i also de-cluttered my work space which is always refreshing and can also remind you of all the materials you have!

6. have a big old chin wag- there is nothing like a good catch up and chatting away about anything and everything, and it's especially good to have a fellow blogger to talk to- thank you lauren :)

do you ever feel like this? and how do you get yourself out of these little blocks? i'd love to hear how you all rejuvenate yourselves at times like these; i might have to put together a nice big mood board of helpful tips and tricks!

image via pinterest

9 comments:

  1. ahh, glad I saw this before I went to bed. AND glad you posted it too! I especially agree with number #, and this is something I am going to have to get used to when my evenings are not a book/laptop/dinner but a baby then all that, definitely wont be surgically attached to my phone then! and organisation is definitely the key to keeping things neat and tidy, inside and outside the brain! x

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    1. ah, well thank you for the push lovely! i'm feeling better about it all already, it definitely helps taking a break from it all! i'm sure you'll be great at juggling baby/book/etc!! xx

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  2. Great post, nice to know that other crafty peeps get creative blocks or sometimes just need a little break too (especially if it happens to be your job also!)Some good tips on getting the old mojo back. I totally agree with the tidy desk tidy mind philosophy!
    x

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    1. thanks debbie, it can be very frustrating but i already feel better now i've acknowledged it! i've always been like that- whenever i'm stressed i tidy haha x

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  3. I like taking walks when I feel blocked, NYC always inspires me.

    /Avy

    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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    1. that's a great suggestion, there's nothing like fresh air to refresh you :) x

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  4. Definitely know how you feel. I had a bad week last week and it feels like January has been going on forever. But this week I'm trying to get back into the swing of it and getting motivated. Great tips & good luck to you :) x

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    1. i totally agree with you, january feels like such along month! it's very annoying, but good luck in getting motivated and i hope you feel better :) x

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  5. I'm not the biggest Harry Potter fan but I do really love this quote :) I had the January blues right into the beginning of February this year which was a bi of a bummer, I just go through phases where I lack the motivation to do anything, creative or otherwise. I just have to keep telling myself it's okay to do nothing for a while if I want to, and eventually even just a trip out to the shop seems to shock me out of it. I like reading blogs though, which kind of contradicts how much I agree with your #1! x
    http://fashionsings.blogspot.co.uk/

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