Sunday, 12 January 2014

No wish to craft

I don’t know what happened, I made my last card on 26th December, I had previously coloured the image days before, I started the mammoth task of tidying my craft room and everything just left me, it’s still not complete, I just couldn't face crafting, I felt down in the mouth and damn well lost.

Not knowing what to do on an evening, bored with television but just could not face getting any craft out, not even wanting to colour which I adore doing.

I contemplated just giving up, I felt quite depressed at the thought of messing the house up again as no matter how I try, it over spills into all of the rooms, Chris kept encouraging me to get my pens out but I just couldn’t face it.

Over the last 3 or 4 days I felt utterly depressed, deep, deep sighs, wanting to go to bed constantly tired.

Last night I forced myself to stay up later and get out my pens, I sat in the near darkness and started to colour, one image finished, move onto the next, move onto the third one, before I new it I had 3 images coloured, I put all of the pens away again cleared the table and looked at what I had achieved.

I’m hoping today to move onto the next stage of turning them into cards. Baby steps is needed here.

Thank you all my crafty friends for sticking with me and popping in to see if I have created anything to show you all.

This is the colourings I did last night.

image colouring

Wish me luck in making cards today xxx

Jak Signature

42 comments:

Ang said...

Aww Hugs Jak, I know how it feels. Theese images look fab I'm sure you will have no problem turning them into cards :)

My name is Wynneth said...

Wow ! Look what you achieved in just one evening ! Well done you x. I know what you are experiencing, it's almost as if we use up all our creative energy preparing for a big event like Chrismas then hit a creative brick wall. I was just the same, didn't even want to do a bit of hand sewing over the holidays or since (have lots of projects on the go!) let alone make a card. I'm also clearing out/sorting out my craftroom, couldn't even walk in there as even the floor was full and stash has spread all over the house. I'm still working on it, but at least I can walk into the room now. I'm being ruthless with throwing awa/giving away stash I will never use or doesn't inspire me, in the hopes that it will kick start my creative juices flowing again. If it doesn't, I'll give up and sell/give away everything else and try a hobby that interests/inspires me. Apologies for the long comment ! But I feel your pain x

Hugs
Wynneth
X

My'scardcorner said...

Well youre half way there Jak all three are fab and cant wait to see them turned into cards. Im not surprised youre feeling like that when crafting is your job as well get out on that bike and Im sure you will turn these three fab images into beautiful cards. Good Luck.
Myrax

sue card maker said...

Hi Jak take care these are great perhaps you just needed a rest
Hugs
Sue
xx

Mad Mary said...

Jak, you are just needing a well earned rest. What you actually coloured last night are fab. Just don't push yourself when you don't feel up to it. I've not really crafted for over a year now!!

Mary xx

Tammy said...

I know the feeling Jak, but I know we must be patient, and wait for it to turn! YOur colorings are fabulous!

Maryann Laursen said...

Don´t you worry Jak, and certainly don´t push anything, We all get these periods now and then, and it´s perfectly normal, especially after a long time with loads to do as here for Christmas. I also had a long time, where I didn´t have any energy at all, but then it was a couple of grandkids birthdays, and they´ve always got something special for that, and I just couldn´t bare to disappoint them, so I pulled myself together and began slowly and suddenly I found myself working on more and more again, and now my hands can´t keep up with my brain anymore LOL. And your images here are stunning, and I´m sure, you´ll get them into gorgeous cards and if not today, then maybe tomorrow or another day, when you need one. So just relax and take the time, that YOU need, then it all be just fine again.

Deb said...

I am so with you on sitting down and doing some type of crafting. My problem is that Mr. Mojo has been gone for over 6 months. I get little spurts every now and then and get a little something done, but it sure has not stopped me from wanting to buy all the new items available. I sat down last evening, and did the the same thing as you and am totally happy with the out come. Keep on pushing yourself to try to do a little something every day. I know I have to. I have been visiting your blog daily for over two years, but do not comment. Hugs! Deb.

Kathyk said...

Oh dear! I'm so sorry to hear that your mojo has taken an extended vacation and even more sorry to realise that you are not alone.

Well done on your lovely colouring, looking forward to seeing what you make and hope that your mojo will soon be back on duty along with the mojo of everyone else who has comemnted about feeling uninspired too

Here's to a craft-y 2014!

Kathyk

Wendy L said...

The colouring is stunning. When I get a spell of depression it is awful, I do have to force myself to do anything, but I do find exercise is the one for me, go for a brisk walk by the sea.
I do hope you feel better soon. xx

Loopylou. said...

huge huge hugs Jak, I think everyone has moments like this hunny. your colouring is just gorgeous
huge hugs Lou xxx

Ali said...

I know exactly how you feel (except I'm nowhere near as talented as you!) but you colouring is fab - try not to pressure yourself and take you time and do what you want to do for YOU!! xxx

lycar123 said...

So sorry that your get up and go got up and went Jak. I think it is like others have commented that there is such a big and busy run up to Christmas you have burnt yourself out. I bet you haven't been able to get out on your bike either for a while because of the weather. It is a really down time of year. Your colouring is fantastic and I am sure that bit by bit you will get back into crafting. Sending crafty hugs x

Jane said...

Hi jak I'm with you all the way my mojo disappeared and hasn't returned yet. I live in a one bed flat and you can imagine what it looks like with all my craft 'stuff' everywhere. Hang inthere it will be back - if i could colour just a smidge as well as you I would be over the moon! Believe in yourself Jak and chin up even this period will pass. Lots of love and hugs. Jane xxx

June Nelson said...

They are fantastic Jak. I know exactly what you mean, I havent made a card in months, just got no isnpirtaion whatever, have to go into a freezing conservatory and empty drawers etc ect ect havent got the interesr, colouring is ok cos its only some pens to put back, but have lost interest in the lot of it, pleased you got your mojo back darl xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

hope you get back to your bright self soon , your colouring is excellent.
I'm loving my new silhouette portrait your blog persuaded me to buy , it does so much , no need for all those dies and punches now.
big hugs janex

Emma Burns said...

Dear jak, I too feel your pain. Sometimes you just need a break. I among others would be very sad if you gave up. You are so talented and you are one of the first blogs that I joined. I don't always comment but I have put that in my new year resolutions to do list. You do such lovely work especially with you colouring...it is flawless! I have no advice to give as I am sure you have tried most things to give yourself a lift. I just hope you do find your inspiration again. In the meantime sending you big hugs from all your crafty friends and fans xxxxxx

Viv said...

Awww Jak, just look what you have achieved already. Just do a little at once and it will come back in time. Lovely colouring here so I hope cards will be next.I have made very little lately too, must be this horrid weather !hugs Viv xx

Jenz Bitz 'n' Bobs said...

Aww bless you Jak. I think we all get a bit like that after Christmas. It's like the January blues. Your colouring last night is amazing. Please don't give up your such a talented lady.
Take care, hope you feel up to it soon. Hugs Jenny xx

Joan said...

You have just described how I've been feeling! I don't have a craft room and had to put everything away for Christmas and then didn't want to mess everywhere up again. I have forced myself to make some cards and I'm just starting to feel some pleasure in it again! ( the mess is creeping back too LOL)

WENDY said...

I think we get all crafted out before Christmas, all inspiration has gone, takes time to get it back again. You will get there Jak
xx

Julie Kitchener said...

Oh Jak i know just how your feeling it's awful, i do love the images you coloured wish i could colour like that!!.
Hope your back to your self soon sending you a big hug!

Lesley Clark said...

Sorry to hear you have hit the brick wall hunni. I have been there for a few months myself but the ideas are starting to come into my head now so hopeing to get back to it soon. You will get it back too sweetheart. Hugs to you xxx

Wilma Knottenbelt said...

Jak, I know exactly how you feel and really feel for you. I have been having the same problem and found that I was quite weepy and moody too. Very unlike me, so did a bit of soul searching. It suddenly hit me : forgot to take my hormone replacement tablets for weeks. Still trying to get there, but I know it will come. Love your colouring. It is a start. It will come back and you will be on top form again soon. Love from SA.

Dawn Lancaster said...

We all need a rest sometimes Jak! I know there have been a few things changing for you lately but you'll soon be back in the swing!
Sending crafty (((hugs)))! Good luck with the cards, I for one can't wait to see what you achieve!
Hugs
Dawn xx

christi said...

no worries jak, some days, weeks, months are just like that. you'll get your mo jo back soon. I blame the winter chill. lack of long days of sun. you just have no "solar" energy!

Linda Simpson said...

I am sure you love of crafting return and from seeing these gorgeous images you coloured it looks like it is on its way back.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Shazza said...

wow Jak, wish I could produce such wonderful work in an evening, these are gorgeous. Chin up, I'm sure you will be back with us again soon xx

sallysbitz2 said...

Awww Jak, sorry to hear this.
I am sure you will soon be back to crafting. Sometimes you do need a break from it all.

Your colourings are lovely, (as always), you are an inspirational lady x

hugs sally x
sallysbitz2.blogspot.co.uk

Riverlandlass said...

Your colouring is as beautiful as ever. We all lose our Mojo now and again, but knowing you you'll bounce back. Good luck with the card making today. Go girl, you can do it!

Susan Mansell said...

Hello Jak,

Please don't let the crafting bug get to you I'm sure we have all felt the same way and when it happens to me I just lay off card making until I feel ready again and sure enough the mojo comes back...I think sometimes we try to push ourselves too much that the interest seems to leave us,
Jak take a break for a while have a long earned rest and when you do return we'll all greet you with open arms

Take care Susan xx

Sue from Oregon said...

Ha! You read my mind exactly. I think it is just plain burn out...over everything! Might be why we are enjoying Pudding Pop so much LOL!!!
I have had to MAKE myself set and craft...finding I am starting to enjoy it (after making several really ugly things) hahahaha

Tammie Lien said...

Hugs and Loves.It seems that we all go through this some point in our lives.I love all that you do and love all your cards.Thanks for sharing and look forward to seeing what you create.XOXOXOXO

mary said...

Hey Jak,
I think a lot of your experience comes from the let down after all of the excitement of the holidays, then the dark depressing days of Winter. It all adds up during this time of year...but looks like you've pulls yourself back into the creative world. You coloring is absolutely beautiful, what talent you have.. Just keep going...I think you have gone thru the same as many others, me included! "Winter Blues". God bless and keep on keeping on.....

Avril Ann said...

Hi Jak, I think we can all relate to this post hun, especially after doing Xmas cards and so on..your coloured images are amazing and I hope you pick up real soon, January is an awful month, really, take good care, love and hugs xxx

Penny said...

Your Colouring is superb Jak. Everyone seems to have a lot to say so I believe its happening to everyone at this time of year, it often happens when you constantly push yourself. I certainly understand when you say your stash gets everywhere, My suffering husband is continually saying do something about this mess but to keep putting it away when you need to use is so frustrating and it does get you down when your being moaned at. It will soon be Spring just to have a bit of SUN will do us all good. Much Love Jak xxx

hollis58 said...

Hi Jak, you always inspire me to craft - whether its a card or colouring an image ( yours are always fabulous) sometimes we all need a break and to refresh and recharge, hope you get your motivation back x

ursula said...

Christmas blues they call it, having to face another year and the weather does not help. Your colouring is awesome Jak and your inspiration to us is unstinting, so come on pull yourself together back to the Jak we know and show us what you can do, knowing you love it so much. Lotsa luv....xxxxx

Carol said...

Hi Jak. I am sorry to read your comments about how you feel. Everyone has said lots of encouraging and wise things but I would suggest a quick visit to your GP to get a health check esp blood tests. Could be anaemia.
I hope you do get over this bad time and start to feel better quickly. I find all your work so inspirational.
Carol
x

Sue said...

Jak your colouring look tops.We all go through highs and lows at some point but our love of crafting will always pull us back.This is what we do when TV is crap, we colour in :)
Hugs Sue xx

Lana said...

Best wishes to you Jak, until you get out of your doldrums...You're not alone! Love and hugs to you!

Paula Gale said...

I know this is a bit late Jak because you've made a couple of things since you posted this, but I can whole-heartedly empathise with you. I've spent a whole year looking at things and not knowing what to do with them... just not creating anything but getting stuff out, just to look at it and not getting into it. I think sometimes you just need to take a step back from it all until you realise a) your missing it and suddenly feel like doing something, or b) something hits you that is so inspiring that it compels you to create too - before long, you have overcome what ever caused the blip... I've found pinterest to be my biggest source of inspiration these days because it concentrates all of the things I want to look at in one place. If I want to investigate more - I just click on the image until I get to the source of the pin - usually a blog or website. Then I can also give the original creator of the piece the credit for it, rather than the person who was last to pin it!

Well done on overcoming your crafting drought. Mine's just starting to trickle back again. As you say... Small Steps!!!

Paula x x x