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I just got back from the most amazing weekend in Asheville where I attended the Once Upon a Dream event. For three days I was surrounded by the most talented and amazing women, all of whom share my love of mixed media art, paper crafting, design and the love of fashion, home and family.

I came home all excited to get creative and guess what? I’ve got nothin’…..Zip. Nada. Zilch. How is it possible that after 3 full days of inspiration, in some of the most beautiful settings imaginable; with women and teachers that left me spell-bound, I can’t come up with one single thing to create or photograph to take?

All day today I felt  anxious, irritable and out of sorts. Not exactly what I expected after the great time I had. I gave it some thought and decided that I would just do the one thing that I know relaxes me – I would color.

So I dug out my watercolor pencils, stamped a piece of card stock and got to work. The thing is it wasn’t work. It was fun. It was relaxing.  It was peaceful and meditative.

I made a cup of hot peach tea, put on some soft music and just colored… There is something about the doodling and repetitive stokes that is both calming and soothing to me. After an hour or so, I found that the healing effects of the tea, combined with the mindless attempt to stay within the lines, had completely gotten rid of the anxiety and crankiness and healed me of whatever my basic problem was.  I would’ve been content with just that but I am happy to say that it jump started my creative juices and I went on to create a couple of pretty good cards.

Creativity comes and goes. It’s nice to know that I can be just as happy coloring and doodling as I can working on a week-long project. I am looking forward to lots of days when the creative juices are just flowing like crazy, but I’m also going to enjoy days like today too; and take this as a lesson not to be so hard on myself.

Until next time,