Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Waiting Game

In the late 80's, early 90's I used to crochet, cross stitch, embroider, and make wood crafts. The wood crafts were those cute, knick knacky tchotchkes that everyone had in their "country style" decorated homes. Hubby built me a work bench complete with scroll saw and belt sander. Then came the drill press. I'd spend hours cutting, sanding, painting, assembling and even sold some things at craft sales. After about 6 years of that, you could walk into any store and buy those types of things made in China for near to nothing. Why spend the time making the stuff? After an accident with my hand in '94 I gave up the needlework. Not sure why. I'm sure I can do it but haven't picked it up since.

Then came the rubber stamp craze and quickly hopped on that bandwagon. I made cards, cards, cards and more cards and sold these too. From this I moved into the wire people cards. These are little characters formed from of wire, fabric and paper on each hand made card. They looked nice in frames too. These became my passion and the rubber stamps went by the wayside. I made oodles and oodles of these. They were very "artsy" so I sold these at some art fairs. I did OK but spent more time on them than I was getting paid for. About this time I started taking some drawing classes. These went amazingly well and I started drawing and dabbling with water colors, pastels and paints.

Then I started my own business. Since then my creative self has been surpressed. Allbeit as a Graphic Designer creating is my game but I was a designer in the greeting card phase. I miss that creative part of my self. I feel like it's down in my soul somewhere but something is holding it back. Everything is still there just waiting for me. Come out, come out wherever you are! Something will click someday and that door will open up again. I hate the waiting game. Hurry up already!


Jeanne said...

I think it's called "no time".........there will be some time, "sometime" again!! :)
love, Jeanne

Mary said...

Hey Barb,

Your creativity has been repackaged as a writer! Love the blogs, the videos, love your humor, and best of all, love the "crazy laugh!" Long live your creativity!

balou said...

OMG, you're right Mary! But I can't sell this at an art show! ;) Why didn't I see that before?

Jeanne said...

"told Ya"!! QYJ and be a writer!!

balou said...

Ha! Ha! If someone can tell me how to make the mortgage payment every month with a blog, I'd do it! ;)

blue sky said...

You know, I feel the same way. I miss drawing. I've convinced myself when the house is done, the "home office" is going to have a comfy chair in it for us to learn guitar in, and in the other corner, by the window, will be an easel. I have one I haven't ever used, and one I've had since I was a kid.

But maybe if the easel is set up, maybe if there is a place set aside for it to be, I'll snatch a night or two to draw or even paint again.

Maybe that's all you need to do to? If you try it let me know if it works for you.