January 21st, 2008

The mobile swap is officially closed.  Over 100 people signed up to participate, which was completely unexpected and a little overwhelming.  I had a system in place to match everyone up with partners (those who wanted baby mobiles and those who wanted to make them and vice versa) but it was not without flaws, so if there is anyone out there who didn’t get a partner or has some other concern please email me and I will try to sort it out.  I set up a flickr group for the mobile and there are only 25 members, so get over there and sign up.  Everyone wants to see the cool mobiles you are making.
I have an idea for a mobile that I am pretty excited about, but I can not get moving.  I have a great new studio, but it’s in the basement and it is so. damn. cold. down there.  Shit it’s cold up here–I think it’s maybe 5 degrees outside.  The picture is of one of the shelves (here’s another) above my sink–I am actually washing dishes to keep my hands warm these days.  I need some sort of kick in the pants to get sewing again.  What do you do when all you can do is think of great ideas, but not get around to actually doing any of them?
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16 Responses to partners

  1. Jodie says:

    I usually go and start finishing off a work in progress, the new idea bubbles away and I have to put aside the work in progress to start the new project.

  2. Suzanne says:

    When my head is swirling full of ideas then i’m in serious danger of trying to combine all these ideas into one item and producing something hideous:). For me the best way to stop that is to get out of the workshop and go into the kitchen and have a big baking/cooking session. Gives me time out to think about what to do and satisfies my urge to make things by actually producing something useful – food for the family!

  3. kristin says:

    it sounds like you could live near me! we’ve been waaaay below zero all weekend, so today’s 0 degrees feels like a heat wave!!

    i usually lean on some boring craft project i’m in the middle of (like a knit one row purl one row blanket i’m doing) a mindless something that keeps my hands busy, but frees up my mind to think about attacking a more creatively challenging project. but i do find it EXTRA hard to motivate when i’m freezing. good luck!!

  4. Jacquie says:

    As soon as you figure it out write a book about it, you’ll be rich.

    I just force myself to do 15 mins at least. Anyone can do 15 mins and then you sometimes end up staying longer. And bribing myself with chocolate always works.

  5. Amy says:

    Umm… what do I do when that happens?! That’s my everyday LIFE. 1,000,001 great ideas. So little motivation to do them. I think I’m afraid I won’t be able to pull them off like I want to.

  6. iknitipurl says:

    I write them in a journal! Helps me organize my thoughts and figure out all the details of all the millions of things I want to do.

  7. Annel says:

    Hello Elsie,
    Can you tell us when we will know about the partners ? do you send each one an email with the notifications or should I go look myself somewhere (where on that case ?)
    Thank you very much.

  8. cakebaker says:

    i have been surfing everyone else’s crafty sites, trying to inspire myself to get off my bum and make something! this cold weather is making me lazy.

  9. Claudia says:

    Hi Elsie,
    Is it normal that I did not get my partner yet? I really want to make a mobile…I already have my concept!!! Thank you and have a nice day.

  10. cakebaker says:

    by the way, I don’t have a partner for the swap either… and I thought I signed up in plenty of time. Thanks, Tammie

  11. smoothpebble says:

    Must be in the air. Instead of actually working on all of my ideas I spend an inordinate amount of time surfing all the cool, inspiring, creative blogs out there. It seems to be working really well as a procrastination tool and as fuel for more great ideas to clog up the already clogged up production line of ideas that never get done…..

  12. jen s says:

    i have the same problem! i’m glad i’m not the only one that has what i call “creativity attention deficit disorder”. all day at work i dream about the things i’m going to create, but then i get home i’m tired and end up reading blogs or watching tv. around 9pm (and after a few glasses of wine), i get the creative bug but then it’s too late to do anything fun. or i gather all my supplies and then get distracted and never start. i guess it’s just going to take some discipline. or requiring that i set a timer and just do 30 minutes. otherwise my mobile will never get done! oh, and it’s very cold here right now in minnesota, and that saps the energy. i am so looking forward to spring – the fresh spring air helps get me going…

  13. Alix says:

    I’m very late in saying HURRAH, I’m looking forward to this. will head over to flickr and sign up. Thank you for orchestrating this. And love the photo. Joke false teeth and flowers, such a classic combination.

  14. wholeclothdesigns says:

    Oh, I just found your site and would have loved to have joined the swap…alas, I am late. I look forward to viewing the results!

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  16. Ellen says:

    This is such a funny photo – what contrasts! Sorry to hear that I missed your mobile swap, but at least I get to visually enjoy all the hard work of others.