How many of you have to be in a mood to craft or work on items for your shops? To really enjoy painting or sewing I have to be in the mood. What happens if you have a shop and you are not in the mood to work? How do you motivate yourself to do the work? At the moment I am not burned out, I am mostly in the mood to paint and sew but I know that times of "not" wanting to do this will happen. I've experienced those times after putting in intense work and long hours while preparing for a craft show. Once the shows were done, I didn't want to paint for 6 months. I have no choice now that I have to stock my Etsy shop. It's pretty much become a job. If I find something interesting to paint on, it motivates me. If I find a pattern that I can't wait to paint, it motivates me. I suppose with these two prerequisites if I continually look for something to paint on and look for patterns or painting ideas that strike my fancy then I will stay motivated to paint or craft. But some days I had rather read a book or catch up on a movie, or spend the day with a friend. What motivates you? What revs you to sew? To paint? To craft? Are there times you are not motivated? What causes these times and how do you renew your desire to create?
This new piece was a labor of love, and I mean LABOR. My Sweetie said it took 40 hours to complete. It may have seemed that way to him but it actually ONLY took around 8 hours to do. But, that is too long for me! Combining painting and sewing does create a lot of work. If I am sewing something I haven’t done before, it seems to take longer since I have to actually read the directions and figure out what I’m supposed to do. For me, painting is easy and sewing is time consuming. I know many of you will say it’s the other way around for you. Oh, and this is one of those projects that I had sooo many interruptions on. That doesn’t help in the time department either. I have to say I feel like I am giving this away in my Etsy shop. I don’t feel that I can ask any more for it and it is what I would pay for it but it sure hurts to spend so much time and energy and not get that back. Ugggh, I hate complaining. I do try to keep in mind when I create something, I create it from the heart and with as much “good” as I possibly can. Too many of these “labor of love” projects and I quickly become very unmotivated. Do you feel that you spend too much time on your Etsy or Website items? Do you have a certain number of hours that you expect to put into each item? I would love to hear how you solve this problem.
This finished project is the sewing drawer that I blogged about a few days ago.