Welcome to Studio Saturday! 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 free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This week's winner is Karen Williams. Congratulations! You have won a pair of Jennifer's ceramic beads. Send Jennifer an e-mail with your address and she will get it right out to you.
This week is my birthday week (August 11) and I also share a birthday with my bestie the lovely Miss Heather Powers. So I decided to have a week's worth of giveaways on my own blog.
There is still time to enter those giveaways if you are so inclined. They all end at midnight tonight 8/13!
It's My Party: Birthday Week Giveaway Day 1
It's My Party: Birthday Week Giveaway Day 2
It's My Party: Birthday Week Giveaway Day 3
TODAY is the day. Hooroo, hooray!
It's My Party: The Aftermath Day 5
Summer is the busiest of times for my family. And as such I seem to have walked away from my studio and creating, unless it was absolutely necessary. Other times of the year you cannot stop me. And then I look around and see that some people seem to be prolific all the time. But I just cannnot keep up that pace.
Have you ever just called it quits? Found that you have a time of the year where nothing much gets done? When you want to create yet you sit there spinning your wheels because you are tired and just need a break? When is your 'fallow season'?
A fallow season is one in which the soil is left unseeded after having been tilled and rid of weeds. Farmers will rotate their fields so as to give the land a breather to prepare for the next big planting season. This time off conditions the soil, rebuilding the nutrients, with the potential for growth just below the surface.
I unintentionally took the month of July off with all the baseball traveling that we did. I just couldn't find the time to be in the studio and I really didn't want to. I know that I neglected some seeds that were trying to take root, particularly some custom orders that have been waiting for me to come back to them, but I just couldn't put myself in the right state of mind to make them bloom. And I don't know about you, but when I force the ideas to come they look more like weeds than flowers. I have noticed that July and January are my 'fallow seasons.' In January I am burned out from the holidays, and the sales are lower at that time. In July I am just too busy living my life to care about stepping foot in my studio. And instead of fighting these fallow times with all my might, I know that I should see them as a gift. I should revel in them and delight in the slowing down and the ideas that are germinating just below the surface. Becuase when I do start out planting those seeds again, I will be in a much better place to develop and grow those ideas.
I am working on the seeds of an idea right now that I hope will be planted in this newly rejuvenated brain-soil. I have the basics - the fertile soil, the right mix of seeds, the tools to help it to grow and the patience to nurture these seeds to a bumper crop. All I need is a little bit more time to plant these seeds and hope they take root!
I had hoped (and promised Heather) that this seed she is helping me to nurture would be planted by our shared birthday (August 11th) but that hasn't happened yet. But play time is over and it is time to roll up my sleeves and get to work to grow this thing that is spreading its roots right now.
This week I am giving away one of my 'simple truths' pendants that is perfect for the ABS theme for the month. I was going to save this for myself, but I would really rather this went to someone else so I can see what could become of it. This tiger lily pendant has the following quote on the back:
To win, all you need to do is answer one of the following questions:
Do you have a 'fallow season' in your creativity? If so, does it come every year at the same time or sporadically? How do you get yourself back in the habit of growing your seeds of ideas when you have been away from them for so long?