I took some time out the other night to just play around with materials. I've collected some really fun things - rope, sequins, beads, thread, chains, ribbons, and lace - but I never really do anything with it.
When I was creating jewellery to sell, I was always making things with the intention of selling them. And gradually, it became more about the selling and less about just creating something really unique.
Not surprisingly, I grew bored of making things that way. I could never find the inspiration, and I didn't want to do it anymore. I'd put so much pressure on myself to create sellable products, that I lost the joy I'd initially found in creating.
So I put a hold on creating. I took a break and turned my attention elsewhere. It was a break I needed - a chance to recharge.
Lately, the urge to create has come creeping back. It's a feeling I've missed, and I'm looking forward to nurturing it.
I carved a few hours out the other night and sat down with my materials. I play around and tried out a few DIY tutorials. Some things I made were really random and I'll probably dismantle them later to reuse the materials. But there was one piece in particular I really liked - a green braided rope necklace.
I've worn that necklace quite a bit since I've made it, and I've come to realise that if I enjoy making something then I'm probably going to enjoy using it!
On Pinterest I've got an entire board dedicated to things I want to make and I'm going to start attempting some of those tutorials. Some pieces might turn out great and others might be a disaster (I'll share all of them!) but I'm looking forward to just creating for the fun of it.
We'll see where this leads :)
Have you got any DIY ideas that you've done before, or you'd like to try? What sort of things do you like to make?