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5 Ways to Beat the Crap Out of Creative Frustration

Hi everyone!

Call it lack of mojo, absent inspiration or just plain sucking at doing something, it's all a part of creative frustration. I'm going to venture to say that every artist, crafter or whatever-er has experienced this at some point in their creative career (or journey if you want to get all "Bachelor" about it).

This is what creative frustration does to me:

Part of it is the pressure we crafty bloggers put on ourselves to have something to actually blog about on a regular basis. "I made this! Bow before my creative prowess! Please? I've already blogged three times this week, right? What do you mean this is the first?! Arghhhhhhhhhh!" Another part is finding the time, skills, space and inspiration to get to work. But whatever your hang up is, here's 5 ways to overcome it...

1. Warm Up Your Creative Muscles

Creative Jumpstart -- Dina Wakley from Dina Wakley on Vimeo.

This video from Dina Wakley makes a great point. Most people can't cr…

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm digging for the week. Let's get started!

1. Burning Love

Burning Love, a spoof of The Bachelor, is AWESOME. It is spot on and terribly funny. 8 episodes are up so far, go check it out!

2. Jif Mocha Cappuccino Hazelnut Spread

Holy C.R.A.P. This stuff is AMAZING. Go buy it. Go buy it. Send me a jar. Go buy it NOW!

3. Love in the Wild

Love in the Wild, a reality dating show that's part Survivor, part Bachelor and hosted by Jenny McCarthy is my newest guilty pleasure. Jenny McCarthy is hilarious!

4. Vacation

We recently went on a vacation to Tennessee and it was so great to be out of the house! Although all the "vacation" activities like wrangling the children and keeping the hotel room clean wore me out....

5. Dylusions Ink Sprays

Dylusions Ink Sprays by Ranger are just about the best ink mists I've ever used. I've never used mists too much in the past but I do now! lol Ver…

Making a List, Forgetting it Twice

Hi everyone!

I've been in sort of a creative funk lately. And it's not a lack of "what" to make but which to focus on first. Then I get into a pattern of starting 10 different things and then nothing gets finished. Grrrr...

So to combat that, I made a list of everything that needs to get done and I have to say that so far it's helped a lot. Seeing a list of projects on the table does make it seem more bearable. When you're bogged down in multiple creative directions (or even mediums) it can really drive you bonkers.

When my brother passed away, I found it hard to find joy in any of my usual activities: blogging, creating things, etc. I guess that's natural when it comes to grief but it's time to get back in gear...with a lot of things.

Luckily today I feel better than I have in weeks so I'm pouncing on that spark of energy before it burns itself out. I'm pretty sure my hands are stained for life but it's totally worth it.

Hot For Teacher Rewind

Hi everyone!

We're doing kit rewinds during the month of June at Gauche Alchemy, new projects featuring kits already available in the Gauche Alchemy store!

I snagged a canvas wall hanging that I didn't want to use on the wall anymore but wasn't going to toss it. I mean, come on...I'm all about recycling and stuff. So I grabbed my Hot for Teacher Kit and made this:

There was this really cool school-ish black and white scrapbook paper so I started with that and decided to stick with that black and white color scheme. I felt the paper was too dark so I added a wash of diluted white paint. Then I thought it was too light so I broke out my black Dylusions mist. Much better!

After adding some torn pictures from a yearbook page included with the kit, I added some washi tape and pieces from the Wedding Night and Black Out Mixed Media Color Kits.

Done and done! Now I just need to figure out what else is currently hanging on my walls that I can take down and "recharge&…

Mixed Media Blythe Dress

Hi everyone!

Over at Gauche Alchemy, a challenge was issued to create a doll dress (or a complete doll) without using fabric or the traditional dress making materials. Today we unveiled our own little mixed media fashion show and here's what I created:

I thought this was a really exciting challenge because I've been looking for a way to combine my love for mixed media with my doll obsession. :D My first thought was to create a tutu with punchinella so I went from there using a dress pattern from Puchi Collective.

I painted some Ouchless Cardboard peach, misted it a little and added a monster because what goes better with tutus than monsters?

I also added a band using washi tape and the eyes of the monster are actually stock Blythe eyechips I had handy.

So there you have it! Larue can't sit down but she looks cute. And since when does fashion need to be functional anyway? :P You can see all of the latest in art doll fashion over at the Gauche Alchemy blog!