Saturday, May 30, 2009


I have been quite preoccupied lately, constantly distracted by so many things. I am having a very hard time focusing on my art. I have so many projects waiting in the wings. Usually, I have no trouble in simply just beginning a new project. But for the first time in ages, I find myself grasping for inspiration. All the things that usually inspire me are not working this time. I find myself procrastinating. I suppose this means I need to find a new muse.

One of the things clamoring for my attention lately is the fact that I am needing to adjust my schedule to allow for more time in the kitchen. Recently we learned that various family members are having some health challenges that require dietary adjustments. Seeing as I am the designated cook, this means that I am now having some kitchen challenges that require time adjustments. Not to mention that I am now scouring the bookstores and Internet to find cookbooks and recipes to fit the new regime. Last night I spent no less than 2.5 hours cooking dinner, which was then consumed within 20 minutes. Clean-up afterwards took another 45 minutes (heavy sigh). Somehow, the whole experience was oddly unsatisfying. The positive note in all of this is that the food was yummy and well received. Well, it definitely will not be a bad thing to be more conscious of the quality of food eaten in the home. I just wish it could be more convenient to prepare!

Struggling to carve out creative time could be good for me. I have always been pretty fortunate to have time for artistic pursuits readily available to me. Perhaps this is where my inspiration can begin, in my struggles to find the time for art. Meanwhile, I sit and stare at my pending projects laid out on my worktable, willing them into some semblance of beauty. Wait for it...

(Photo shows two beading projects just on the cusp of birth. Maybe today...)

"If we did the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."- Thomas Edison

"Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."- Alexander Graham Bell

"Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value."- Jim Rohn


  1. ...oh me oh my...more the kitchen...for art...on the blog...with the family...with the pets...with the friends...oh me oh IS a struggle/juggle...

    and i'm impressed you managed to get a whole 20 minutes out of meal time...i can't get past 10...and the projects before you...before me...somehow it will bead at a will be...strung together...

  2. I love looking at your pieces waiting to be created. That's some of my favorite part. Letting the pieces "speak for themselves" and become what they want. I've started reading a few food/recipe blogs because I simply love their photography. And I think they're starting to jog some creative cogs loose. Maybe you can do pieces inspired from your cooking adventures?

  3. Now that is an interesting idea. I would love for a piece of jewelry to look as mouthwatering as the food does on foodie blogs!

  4. Oh, I understand how life gets in the way of creating. I've dealt with it by finding the creative in everything I do, because when I do find a little time to sit down and create. The inspiration just flows. Good luck!