A college friend shared an interesting link on creativity. It reminded me that much "creativity" is simply plain, old-fashioned work. You get up in the morning and DO your thing. Like a 9-5 job, you put in the time. I also like, although the article didn't say so in so many words, that it is in the doing that "new" things are discovered, through the "keeping on, keeping on" something clicks, "light bulb" moments happen.
Following the let down of the last craft fair I attended in December, I've been avoiding sitting down at my "studio" - a roll top desk, for lack of "inspiration." So, I started with just clearing up, getting materials put away, deciding to part with some beads that others may find more to their liking than I have. Having freed up work space, I emptied some blue beads out and started mixing them with others, picked up some waxed linen cord that I had had out for some other purpose, and ran it through one of the beads. It seemed to be suitable - plain glass bead, earthy linen cord, blue and brown. Knotting seemed the thing to do, and good to practice with inexpensive beads. And I noticed, as I worked, a sense of contentment I had not felt for some time.
There is a homeliness about the finished product that may not appeal to all. But it worked for me, and has received various compliments.
What do you think?