Thursday, February 5, 2015

Struggling With The 'Habit of Completion'...

It's Mercury Retrograde again...

Once upon a time I scoffed at the mishaps and crossed connections that are associated with this cosmic period in the Universe, but during one particularly difficult week of computer issues and other communication problems I encountered, I eventually learned that there are some things you just don't scoff at!

I now tend to be more respectful about this cosmic period, but I've also learned to look at Mercury Retrograde a bit differently these days.

About two years ago, I heard of another way to look at Mercury Retrograde - to view it as a good time for cleaning and clearing the unwanted and unnecessary from your life...and I've recently discovered it's a GREAT time for completing unfinished projects!

I don't know about YOU, but as I continue the cleaning and clearing of my small studio space, I am discovering that I have MANY unfinished projects waiting to be completed...not the least of which is organizing my studio space so I can actually work in it!

Once again, the table is cluttered as I begin to move things around in the studio to make it fit for teaching...

I am a fan of SARK and I've read a few of her books, such as A Creative Companion and Inspiration Sandwich. In one of these books, I remember SARK sharing her difficulty with completing things, from stories to artwork. I remember how she wanted to begin a 'Habit of Completion' and I was quite taken with that idea, as I too have a problem with completing my projects. Sadly, this idea fell by the wayside with me as the years passed, despite my capacity for disciplined work...

Until my Life Coach, Pete, recently informed me that the Mercury Retrograde is not only a good time for cleaning and clearing, but a great time for finishing old projects...HOWEVER, one should NOT begin a new project at this time!

Luckily for me, I began assembling my Accomplishment Journal before the Mercury Retrograde commenced, but it is still a Project in Progress, not yet completed - the signatures still need to be arranged and sewn in before I can start to use it:

I also need to sew on that little button to use it with a ribbon closure for keeping the journal closed

...and you might be happy to learn that the little flower sprig that went missing has been found and it is now placed into the cover pocket as originally planned...

I like having this little 3-dimensional item for my journal!

Now, this journal is NOT the only PiP I have, there are (quite!) a few others, such as:

A t-shirt skirt I hoped to complete on the last day of 2014, only to have my machine die on me mid-way through the hem...and the waist elastic for this skirt is currently MIA!

A few other book binding projects that have been lying in wait for completion - some of them have been waiting for over FOUR YEARS...

These are recycled materials books that I began making a few years ago - here is one I donated for an art auction

Some booklets I'm making out of old greeting cards I've received in the mail from dear friends, which I'm making as a way to recycle these 'keepsakes' into a purposeful and useful item, instead of taking up space in a drawer...

At least one of these booklets is already hand-bound - the others still need paper cut to make pages, which could be seen as 'starting a new project', so I will just bind the one with pages already cut...

A fake fur muff to keep my hands warm - I remember reading about them as a girl when reading the Little House on The Prairie books and was quite taken with the idea of a muff...so why not make one for my adult self?!? This has been waiting to be completed for over four years...

A 'striped' fake fur with chinoiserie satin lining and chocolate brown velvet ribbon for decorating the ends...

A rag doll that needs a face and hair and some real clothes - this poor thing has been waiting to be completed for over SEVEN YEARS!! Poor little dolly...I've been a bad doll mommy!

This poor rag doll has been waiting to 'come to life' for over 5 years! =(

Jewelry objects begun at my second Artful Journey in 2011, but STILL not completed...it's been sitting for over 4 years...

Still waiting to become a necklace to wear - a booklace of fabric scraps, fabric pocket and crochet chain of beads...

My first knitted lace shawl, which you can find a peek at in this blog post...there is the charted lace border to knit and it could be finished in approximately 30 rows of knitting or maybe less!

Aprons I cut over a year ago that need bias trim to finish them, which I'm cutting and making myself...

 
...but at least I DID finish one of the aprons before the Mercury Retrograde began:

A new apron for my creative work - just needs a little messy paint to look like a working artist's apron!

Knitted coasters to be embroidered and embellished...

Once I made the colored set of coasters, I made a set of cream color coasters and plan to embroider them in red thread...

A 'puzzle' I painted with watercolor wash over 4 years ago... 

I now have a fun idea for this puzzle and who I will send it to...but I've got to complete it first!

And let's not forget the bird house wind chime I began last year for our garden patio...

 A few little collage elements and the 'chimes' need to be added to make this wind chime sing...

These are all projects that were begun through the years but they are yet to be completed. I think now is a good time to attempt to complete these projects to the best of my ability, and maybe even complete them before this Mercury Retrograde ends.

Okay, I'm not sure I can finish them ALL before Mercury Retrograde ends, which is February 12, because this is a LOT of unfinished creative projects, but I can certainly try my best, so let's see how many projects I complete by February 12!

Would you care to join me by completing your own unfinished projects?? Feel free to share what projects you hope to finish by February 12 and I'll be happy to encourage and cheer you on, so we can all begin to instill the habit of completion together!

I'll call this follow-along #ProjectCompletion - be sure to use the hashtag as we share the progress we make at completing our unfinished projects and here are places to follow-along with #ProjectCompletion:

Twitter
Facebook
Instagram - I recently opened this account!

PLEASE keep in mind that I am pretty new to this hashtag thing and how it all works, but I will try to find you all so I can cheer you on as you successfully complete those unfinished projects!

If you miss out on this round of #ProjectCompletion, there are two more Mercury Retrograde periods coming up in 2015:

May 20 through June 12

September 15 through October 10

I will be hosting #ProjectCompletion again at those times, so be on the lookout for those dates and be sure to stop by the blog to find out how the projects are being completed =)

Okay my little Creative Beasts - let's start completing those projects!!

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