Friday, October 5, 2007

Welcome to Over-Inspired Anonymous

Maybe I should start a support group: Over-Inspired Anonymous. I have so many exciting ideas for new creations buzzing around in my brain, and yet I still seem to just spend more time coming up with more ideas! Barnes and Noble is near the top of my list of favorite places (right below The Flower and Craft Warehouse) to spend time adding to my endless cache of creative ideas. I could sit infront of the section of craft books and magazines for hours. (The operative word there being "could," since Sawyer allows only limited lengths of time between stroller movements.) The entire time, my brain is firing, "Oooh...ahhh.... Oh I can do that! Oh that's what I should create next. No, no; I really just want to do some hand-embroidery. Oh, but check out this book on Artist Trading Cards!!! I'm going to buy this. And then I'm going to decoupage everything! No, I'm going to buy this... No..." And on, and on, and on, until I feel drunk and exhausted with creative inspiration!
This time however, I resisted buying any books or magazines on new creative techniques. Instead I left the book store (2 hours later and with a bored and cranky son) with "Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business," by Meg Mateo Ilasco. You see, unlike my creative projects and working online, reading is something I can do while still being an arm's reach of my clingy son while he plays. So I zipped through the first 3 chapters this morning, and I can assure you: This is NOT your traditional craft business book! This is a craft business book pulsing an indie vibe; from the interviews of indie artists sprinkled throughout right down to the retro olive and blue color scheme. I'm so excited about this book and what it can do for me. I think I've found my support group! Over the next couple of weeks (even though it shouldn't take that long to read), I will share what I learn and reflect on the business aspect of my creativity.

Favorite Quote from Chapter 1: "Trust your own instincts; the path you choose and the fruits of your labor will be unique and the outcome could be even better than you imagine."


Mary Ann said...

Can't wait to hear what else you have to say about this book. I love the quote.

Melissa said...

Hi! Sounds fantastic. I would be REALLY interested in hearing what you learned and your business aspects!

(found your blog via the Etsy forum blog post :) )