Friday, 11 October 2013

Ten things to do...

when your mojo is being stubborn...
  1. Make a list of all the things that you want to make between now and Christmas.  Turns out scaring yourself witless with ridiculous ambition is often enough to inspire a start.
  2. Spend almost a whole day re-organising your plain and patterned scraps.  Somehow they've started to stray over the dividers you put in the box...careless filing costs erm, time.
  3. Re-arrange the surface of your desk.  Try putting the drawers with the glues and foam pads at the left near the pen pots.  Obviously, this will mean a deal of clearing up and you may well find a scrap of something that turns the spark of an idea into an urgent need to create, half way through the clearing up process.  Timing, as they don't often say, can be a bugger.
  4. Conclude that being right handed means that frankly, all the surface storage on the desk should really be on the right.  Re-re-arrange. Well why not, you're not actually doing anything, huh.
  5. Make a start. Cut a chunk out of a lovely piece of printed 12 x 12.   Surely the very act of playing and using the stash will bring ideas. Surely?
  6. Find an emery board in pen pot.  Conduct leisurely manicure. Perfect thinking time.
  7. Clean a few stamps.  Remember that 'desk time' is too valuable for this, better get on with actually making something.
  8. Go make a cup of life renewing, mojo inspiring coffee. And whilst in the kitchen eat something you shouldn't - I'm perfectly sure they say 'feed a cold, starve a fever and spoil your mojo'.  Really.
  9. Aha...grab a handful of those magazines that you religiously buy every month and then equally religiously chuck on a pile, unread.  Reading them will certainly spark something in you.  Even if it's only agony over your inadequacy as a crafter.
  10. Give up. Give in.  Go change the bed linen.  The ideas will be knocking you over before you can stagger downstairs laden with laundry.  

26 comments:

Kyla said...

This is almost my list I do when procrastinating!!! Well, that was before I discovered Pinterest...now I can literally fill an entire day pinning beautiful things (rather than actually making them!!!).

Kyla

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Oh Julia . . . you are a hoot! Talk about procrastination! Or should that be Pro-CRAFT-ination?

LOVE the new blog look. Cool!

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Helen said...

Are you home from your holiday then?! I was roaring by item 6... nearly fell off the stool by 10. luckily as you know it's only a ridiculous 6 inches off the floor but I'd have come a cropper on the piles of stash I would have fallen onto, had I actually fallen... not that I'm procrastinating either... Now, go make something.. and so will I!

MaggieC said...

That was a brilliant Friday giggle. Just what I needed to wake me up. My number 1 is to find the server recovery CD so that I can get my craft computer back into the land of the living. Then I can set up my replacement printer. Then I can find a small space to possibly make something that I can add to my list. Oh yes, I need to change the bed linen too. Have a good afternoon. xx Maggie

Laura said...

Brilliant! You are a hoot!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

So funny!!! :)

Elizabeth said...

Brilliantly funny, Julia! And, as a master of procrastination, I can say all items on your to-do list work perfectly :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Krisha said...

Been there, done that!! LOL

Avril Ann said...

So funny, Julia, have me laughing my head off..xxx

Kirsty.A said...

Procrastination is the better part of valour

My name is Cindy said...

Do you live in my head? I did almost all 10 last night before bed (well I didn't change the bedlinen). I've been here two hours today faffing about with a butterfly. (Well don't include the regular visits to the kitchen for coffe and cake). I really am not sure if it is comforting or scary to know I am not alone.

Off to sort socks.
Cindy x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I always say, when you want your mojo to return, reorganize. Something is (EVENTUALLY) bound to spark a clever idea.

I'm THROUGH with reorganizing, and will be back to WOYWW next week. I feel like a weigh has been lifted, both figuratively and literally. I hope you find that weight is lifted soon, too. If not, you could always turn into a comedienne and make a REAL living (grin).

Sandra said...

I have to say I burst out laughing at this, ooohhh how familiar does this sound

Liz Black said...

Brilliant! Have you been stalking me? This is EXACTLY what I do ..... ;) So good to know I'm not alone :)

KatzElbows said...

I've often been reduced to cleaning in search of my mojo. Fortunately not often!

Sharon Madson said...

Julia, love your to do list! At first I thought it might involve actual work, but by the time we got to the emery board and the cup of something(tea for me), I was really loving the list! :) Have a great week-end!

Twiglet said...

And then you should add - pop over and read a few good blogs cos if your mojo has left you , you might as well give in and enjoy life!!! x Jo

Christine said...

That is one list!!!
I was so worn out by the time I read to the last one, I had to lie down for an hour! phew!
x

Anne said...

Hee hee me to a t!!!! Anne x

Monique said...

haha, I've done a lot of that lately...glad to see I'm not the only one!
xx Monique

April Story said...

You crack me up! And I can so relate! I will go downstairs and do everything but create something. LOL
April

Carole Z said...

Hi Julia, this really made me smile, because in the two weeks since we got back from holiday and Mr Mojo decided to stay the other side of the world, I have repeated the same list so many times! Brilliant! Carole Z X

Sue from Oregon said...

I did the exact same thing this weekend! It did help a lot. And it is 11pm on a Sunday night and I have to go put the fresh linens on the bed before I can go to bed OH MY!!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I definitely find puttering amongst the stash makes me think of brilliant and inspired ideas... that I can't do right now because of the mess I've made puttering amongst the stash. Then of course I can't remember them later. I just had 5 days off work and spent them all hobbling around seriously organizing my computer desk and surrounding stuff and my stamping room (also known as the living room). I only have a bit left to do--saved my desk for last and boy did I pile the krap onto it. I think after that I'll be too tired to craft stuff to even ponder making cards for another month. hee hee.... oh, and the hobbling is because my blasted SI joint is being a pill again.

Patsy Paterno said...

Great ideas! I think I'll make my own list, starting with what I want to accomplish before Christmas! Patsy

Cardarian said...

He, he you forgot to mention that finally when you get that lovely mojo back and have this perfect idea you just don't have the right paper, stamp or whatever...;-) Huh!
Should I give up or go shopping??? Give up and still go shopping???
Decisions, decisions...
Lots of hugs, hope you had a good holiday! I need one!
Cardarian