Showing Up

The hardest part of my day is waking up. I have two alarms set four days a week: one at 4:45 and the other at 5am. The 4:45 one breaks me out of whatever deep sleep I was in so I can slowly start moving towards being fully awake. The 5am alarm is the final push to get me out of bed. I never hit the snooze button because I know I'll just go right back to bed and miss work. In fact, I keep my phone across the room so that it forces me to get up to turn it off. 

Showing up to work isn't too much of an issue. When people are depending on me I always try to make it a point to be early or on time. But what happens when you need to start showing up for yourself? Personally, when I have plans to work on something on a certain day and then don’t force myself to sit down and do it, I’m disappointed. I was depending on myself to show up. I didn’t . This is something I need to work on now and in the future, ESPECIALLY if I’m going to make art a full-time thing. 

A lot of creative marketing blogs and podcasts discuss the idea of showing up for your audience. That's what I've been trying to do for you these past few weeks. If I have something to show you, and I show up to present it to you, the more likely it is for you to want to continue to see what I'm working on. And that's all I want. (Hopefully, my start time can be a little later than 5am, though.)

So, check this out!

I made another Mini-Felted creature (fox/wolf?). He measures 4" x 2.5" x 3.75". I haven't quite decided on a name yet, but he looks like a Frank or Frankie to me. I'll sit with him just a bit longer to decide, but I think that will be his name. As soon as he has a name, he'll be up for sale.

I would love to start having some audience participation in naming some of these creatures. Do you have any suggestions on what to name this little guy?

I Made a Thing

I'm rather enjoying the concept of Wednesdays becoming my blog days. Let's hope I can keep this up!

It's been a long time since I've really made and completed an original piece of art. Sure, I’ve finished lots of knitting, but it’s not of my design. I guess I finally got fed up last Friday/Saturday. I buckled down to make something.

Meet Maxwell.

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He's my new Mini-Felted Fox measuring 4" x 2.75" x 2.5". He's the first in a series of Mini-Felted Taxidermy, an idea that has been bouncing around in my creative brain for too long now. Finally, he has emerged. Which leads to my next thought.

Idea Debt. I read an article on Idea Debt about a month ago and was filled with dread…I have Idea Debt. Basically, it's the concept of imagining and talking about something you desire to create or do for so long that it is established as “real” in your mind. Therefore, you just don't do it. It's a whole lot of thinking and not a whole lot of doing. That's how I was starting to feel about these Miniature Taxidermy pieces I'm kicking off. Hopefully, that has changed and I start to make more art.

I'm definitely feeling more positive this week and have more confidence in myself after posting pictures of Maxwell to Instagram on Saturday. But, I did have to get up the courage to put a price on him. (Yes, he is for sale. He's $45 + shipping. I hope to create a shop page on here soon, but for now, contact me if interested! ) I believe that in order to be taken seriously, one has to have the courage to just go for something and do it. I simply needed to set my mind to it, and - voila! - new pieces!

Yesterday, Elle Luna, an artist and designer, posted on her Instagram about the 100 Days Project.

This could not have come at a more opportune time! To participate in the 100 Days Project one picks an action and then does it every day for 100 days. I reposted Elle’s picture and asked who would join me on this journey. I might not be picking a specific medium since Fiber Art is pretty broad, but I figured if I'm at least working (not thinking!) on something every day for 100 days that I might bring a few things out into the world. Want to see what I'm doing during my 100 Days? Follow me on Instagram @captnshamrock and/or Like my Facebook Page! The journey starts April 19th!

That's all I have for this week. Hopefully, another felted creature will be here next Wednesday!

 

Inspiration Thursday: Numbers and Work

Wow!  I got a notification last night that my views were a lot higher than normal.  That just made me want to blog more and get something out!  The numbers themselves are inspiring.  I did notice Merlin getting a lot of attention.  He's usually one of the first things I show people when I'm talking about my art. MHaerle027

Merlin alone is an inspiration to me...because I want to continue making felted taxidermy.  It's a process though, as is anything anymore.  My felting supplies and taxidermy forms are in my storage unit from when I moved...and they're high up...and there's a million things in front of the tower of boxes that I need to get to.  See, I had a plan to only put boxes I needed access to on a certain side of the unit so that I could get to them if I needed something out of them.  They were either clearly labeled or the boxes were clear so I could see exactly what is inside.  And then when it came down to the deadline of when I needed to be out of the apartment, everything just kind of got thrown in.  Whoops.  But it's even more incentive for me to find a job in San Diego and a new apartment/house and to move.  Job, move, Megan can get to her boxes, Megan can make more felted taxidermy.

Speaking of jobs, I'm working another temp job for 12 weeks.  I started last week, and it's going well, but I don't understand how people do this. Call me lazy (and/or negative), but all I want to do is sleep at this point.  I don't know how some people work 40+ hours and then maintain a social life post work.  I can understand being able to do it if it was a job you absolutely loved.  I can totally see myself working in the studio for over 40 hours a week (what is it, "Choose a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life"? Yeah, that one).  But right now, if I try to go do anything with Dylan after work, I usually end up passing out before I can get through one episode of whatever TV show we've chosen to watch.  I'm hoping that at some point I can catch up a little.  The nice thing is that I have been able to knit a little during the downtime.  Usually I'm pretty busy with phone calls and social media updates, but sometimes I can squeeze in a couple rows.  I should make it a personal requirement if I'm expected to work.  "Hi, sorry, I have to do this, it's for my therapy so I don't kill anyone today."  Coffee and knitting: My two things to get me through the day without killing anyone.

Speaking of working and doing what you love, I found this article last week titled 8 Things People of Our Generation Don't Understand (and Really Need To) About the Working World. Check it out; 8 is my favorite and kind of reiterates what I said above.

I wish I had been able to write and post something yesterday.  I think maybe this weekend I need to do a knitting round up so I have some progress things to show you next Wednesday.