As crafters, we find ourselves experiencing what we like to call “crafter’s block”: You know you want to create, you’ve got your beads and your string ready to go…then nothing but creative crickets. What gives?
A number of factors can interfere with our ability to be crafty, whether we’re doing home goods or pottery. Although this post focuses on the things you can do to shake the cobwebs and create fashionable, unique handcrafted jewelry, you can use these techniques to overcome any type of crafting block you may be experiencing.
1. Go for a walk. Sometimes, all you need is to get out of the craft corner and go enjoy the great outdoors. Experiencing nature, sunshine and fresh air can help you clear your head and be more receptive to creative energy.
2. Work on unfinished projects. Do you have a necklace you haven’t quite finished? How about some earrings that need more work? Rather than trying to create something brand new, working on projects you’ve already started can help you gain a sense of accomplishment, enabling you to use your time productively.
3. Search for inspiration. If a little inspiration is all you need, go online and search for the latest trends in jewelry and accessories. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration — start a board of things you love and let your imagination soar.
4. Talk to other crafters. Every crafter has experienced the annoyance of crafter’s block. Who better to help you get through this trying time? Fellow crafters can help you beat the crafter block blues by giving you tips and tricks to combat them.
5. Go to craft fairs and festivals. Combine #3 and #4 by going to a local craft festival and checking out what people are doing. Their creative fire is contagious, and could help you get out of that hole you’re in. Craft festivals like this weekend’s 12th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival are great places to look at cool stuff and talk to crafters about what inspires them.
Don’t let the crafter block blues get you down. Come to Corey Area in St. Pete Beach this weekend for the chance to meet patrons and crafters at the St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival. Admission is free and open to the public, and it happens Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Not sure where to get started on your search for inspiration? Here are some jewelry crafters who can show you how it’s done:
• Visit Margaret Rath’s Beads By Margo booth this weekend, where you’ll find lovely custom-designed handcrafted jewelry for every taste and style. Her toe thongs make for unique gifts.
• Glenda and Eric Lundgren of Gold and Stuff will be on hand to share some of their very special jewelry pieces. Be sure to check out the beautiful reversible pendants.
• Take a look at Ron and Georgana Le Vene’s exquisite collection of jewelry pieces at their Impressions by Ron and Georgana booth, for an interesting take on custom jewelry. Colorful but elegant, their pendants are all the rage.
• If you’re looking for bright, sophisticated and delicate but intricate pieces, check out Becky Makla at her Creations by Becky Makla booth this weekend. Her pieces are sure to bring a smile to your face.
As always, these are just a few of many crafters who will be there. What a great way to shake things up creatively! Bring the family for a day of fun in the sun in St. Pete Beach and check out one of the newest and most exciting shows of the year. For more information, visit our Facebook page and learn more on our website, www.artfestival.com today!