Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive, we offer a prize each week to encourage you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think. The following week a winner is chosen at random from all eligible entries. And here are the results from last week!
Congratulations to Ann Schroeder!
You've won a package of surprise beads from Mary Harding.
Please email Mary to claim your prize!
festive Ugliweenie beads (my teeeeeeeny tiny little spacer beads)
and some special Christmas beads destined for Beads of Courage -
a wonderful arts-in-medicine program for children with serious illness
Happy Friday!! And welcome to the first Inside the Studio post for this exciting month of December!
It's been a busy busy busy (good busy), but really busy time since my last Inside the Studio post. I'm feeling grateful, and blessed, and excited about all the cool Uglibeads things happening, but I'm totally pooped out, and I'm SO glad it's Friday! You too? Ok, good. It's not just me.
Understandably, I was feeling a little antsy about sitting down to write about my latest work and inspirations and ideas while feeling maxed out. It takes a lot of energy to go there. That's deep down stuff that requires a lot of thought. And I wasn't sure I had it in me this time.
As makers, it's totally natural to want to do the best we can, all the time. We take pride in the things we make, and want them to be as beautiful as possible. We train ourselves to constantly be on the lookout for ways to improve. We seek out flaws, so we can fix them, remove them, or make sure they never happen again. Always asking, how can we make the next one even better than the last? That's part of being good at anything where the motivation comes from within, as it does with our art.
So it's hard to take it down a notch.
We all have things that we're unwilling or unable to let go of. That's not necessarily a bad thing. If we didn't stick to our guns when it comes to the things that are really, really important to us, where would we be? It's just that if you're willing to go to the ends of the earth for something, it's good to be mindful about why it feels so important.
If you're convinced that something is a non-negotiable part of your creative practice, you may be right. But take another look from time to time to see if maybe... just maybe... there's more wiggle room in there than you thought.
So let's wiggle. I'll go first.
(you don't have to shake your booty in your chair to do this wiggle, but it's more fun if you do..)
Do I love to write epic posts and newsletters and Etsy descriptions? Yes.
Do I need to do that all the time? No.
So here's where I wiggle my way out of that all-nighter I was tempted to pull - by leaving you with some photos. Just photos. Beautiful places I've been, and things I've made these last few months....
The story is up to you.
1 - temple - Tamil Nadu, India
2 - beach - Pender Island, Canada
3 - woods - Sylvan Lake, Canada
Like a lot of things in life, there's only one way to find out.
I wiggled, and I survived. Maybe I even liked it a little.
Now it's your turn, and here's where the BIG GIVEAWAY comes in: my question for you is, what are you holding on to (creatively or otherwise) that might free up some wiggle room if you chose to let it go?
Let me know in the comments below, and you'll be entered to win a holiday surprise package from me. That's all I'm going to say, but I promise it will be good! The winner will be announced right here, next Friday.
Thanks so much for joining me - until next time!
Julie is a glass beadmaker with a passion for building community and inspiring conversation around her writing. Her best work comes from that magical place where nature meets creative flow. You will find her hanging out most days in her Uglibeads Facebook group or on Instagram, and you're invited to join in the adventure by signing up for her weekly email newsletter.