Creating Space for Creativity

Celtic Knotwork Table, aka The Boa ConstrictorI’ve been doing a couple of things lately to create space for creativity. I told you a couple of weeks ago about the “boa constrictor” – the table I painted. It’s almost complete; I just need to seal coat it.

Another thing I have done to create space is re-format my laptop. There are a couple of reasons for this.

The first is a conversation I had a few months ago with a couple of friends who are more tech savvy than I am. They suggested wiping your computer and starting fresh on a regular basis, though I honestly can’t remember how often they recommended! Most of the time, I can’t be bothered, because I have so many other things I want to be doing. Reformatting and reinstalling all my programs was not necessarily one of them. Since I’m off work right now, though, this seemed as good a time as any to do that job.

The other reason is because of a challenge my mentor, Rachel, faced not long ago. She ended up with no space on her computer. None at all. Her backup drive was full, her computer was full, even her phone was full. Rather than repeat her mistake, I would prefer to learn from her, and take care of my drives before there is a problem. I know I’m going to be doing a lot of video editing in the near future, so having a clean computer to work from is going to be very important!

As I mentioned, I am not a computer tech. I enjoy figuring things out, and I am pretty good at research when I come up against something I am unsure how to resolve. I’ve done enough playing around with my computer to not be afraid of it. Thank you, Dad, for having computers in the house from when I was a very young girl!

Still, it took me A LOT longer than I expected to get the laptop back into working order. As in, days longer. I still have another program to install before I can really use it the way I would like. Thankfully, I have a desktop computer as well, so I wasn’t totally out of commission. Even so, at one point I felt completely stuck. The laptop was downloading a major update. The desktop was syncing my iPhone. All of my tech gadgets were busy. I had the urge to write, but the file I wanted to write in was on a memory stick, and the front USB ports on the desktop were both occupied. (Admittedly, I could have used one of the rear ports. I guess I was being a little lazy.)

What did I do? I played a video game with my youngest son, Marcus. It was valuable bonding time for both of us. They love it when I play games with them. And it helped me release some pent up energy, blow off steam. I felt better and more prepared to get back at my tasks after a bit of Lego Batman!

What do you do to create space for creativity? I’d love to get your comments below!



I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictorOh, I’m being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don’t like it–one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It’s nibblin’ my toe.
Oh, gee,
It’s up to my knee.
Oh my,
It’s up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It’s up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It’s up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It’s upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . . .

~ Shel Silverstein

Have you ever had an idea for a project that has completely consumed you? I imagine it is kind of like being eaten by a boa constrictor.

I had an idea for a creative project about a month ago and now it’s taken over my life (at least for the last few days). We have an old, portable table that we use for our rituals. The top is a round piece of press board, and there are four legs that screw in to the bottom. Simple, portable, and ugly! We use a cloth to cover it, so most of the time you don’t see how ugly and stained the press board is.

Being press board, it is starting to flake away around the edges. So I started thinking about ways to hold it together a little longer. I have some pour on sealant, and I think that will definitely keep it from falling apart for a while.

Of course, I don’t want to just put the sealant right on the press board. I mean, it’s really ugly! So then I started thinking about what I could paint on it before I seal it that would be prettier than the stained press board.

I love Celtic knots. For a while, I was sewing them on everything. That was when I wasn’t working full time, though. A Celtic knot is a natural thing for me to pain on it. The design and the colors started coming to me. I didn’t have a suitable color of paint for the background in a large enough amount – I’d have to buy that. But I should have all the other colors I want to use…

And then there was that pesky thing that ate up much of my time – work. πŸ™‚ This would have to be a project for when I was off work for the summer. As long as I was busy with work, I could (mostly) fend off the boa constrictor. I still bought the paint for the base coat and painted several coats one weekend while I was still working.

So here I am with lots of time on my hands, and the creativity has begun! I have spent the last few days measuring and drawing out the design. Yesterday especially was spent drawing. I stayed up quite late last night beginning to paint. I’m eager to get back at it this morning,Β  too!

Yes, I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor. It won’t let me go until I’ve finished this project. I have at least two guided meditations to put up for you, and they are going to have to wait until the boa constrictor is done with me.

While you’re waiting, would you help me out? I’m curious to know about pricing for the meditations. Please vote in the poll below and let me know what you think!