Jack of all, Queen of nothing

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my inability to focus on one single thing. It’s kind of driving me a little insane with all of my piles of unfinished projects around the house. It’s not just that- I am sometimes a little unsettled that I can’t just embrace one type of craft and stick with it for a while. I’m all over the place with my arts and crafting. I’m making clocks, boxes, mirrors, stamps, bags, clothes, and jewelry. And then there is the experimental vegan cooking thing I like to do every once in a while, where I’ll only make things I’ve never tried before. I get into these phases where I’ll only want to do one type of “thing” for a few weeks, then I’ll just toss everything to the side (unfinished or not) and start something new. Like right now, I’m really into sewing. I have 2 skirts, a shirt and some rompers for my babe all half way completed and am feeling the itch to start painting again and even making a little jewelry. I sometimes wish that I didn’t have so many interest so then I could actually get some stuff done, focus on one thing and just be really good at it, ya know? Am I making any sense? I’ve tried focusing on just my painting, then I get some kind of brain block and I can’t think of anything to paint, or I can’t decide on which colors to use, or which canvas and it ends up becoming a big stress of a mess. So, maybe it’s good to go back and forth? I don’t know. By looking at my house (that needs to be getting packed up) it’s not so good.

Sorry for all the rambling, I actually AM starting to pack things up for our move, which is what got me thinking about all this stuff to begin with. Since I am in the process of packing up my art, I thought I’d share some of my clocks before I pack ithem up. I have horrid vissions of them getting ruined in the move. If I post them then they will be preserved as photos at least. You know what I always say, “If you don’t have a picture of it, it never happened.” Ha! I only say that because I have a horrible memory.

Anyway, here are some of my clocks that I have made.

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A HAPPY HAPPY weekend to all!!!!!

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7 Responses to Jack of all, Queen of nothing

  1. Sarah Scott says:

    Maybe you are exploring until you find the one thing that truly makes your heart sing. Or maybe you just like to skip around. I do not see anything wrong with that at all. I mean it is not like you are on your 8th husband or something. LOL And I think you do all of your pursuits well.

  2. Michele says:

    I think having a wide variety of things you like to try keeps things interesting whereas possibly just focusing on one or two, might get to be boring. I think being creative often means the jump from one medium to the other because we gravitate towards what is inspiring to us at the moment.

    Now…if those clocks are what come out of your inability to focus…(that means there’s hope for me and..) you’re doing just fine! They are so beautiful! I love them all, but am really drawn to the butterfly.

  3. Amelia says:

    I understand where you are coming from. I have the same problem with getting bored of making jewelery and wanting to try something new. I try not to think of it as a problem, I think it’s just part of being a woman. If you’re not multi tasking with your hands, you’re multi tasking in your head. Oh, and I love your clocks.

  4. Anastasia says:

    Great clocks Regina!!
    somedays I feel the same way plus I have so many unfinished projects on the go and it frustrates me that I keep starting new things but Ive learnt to live with it as I think its OK to have so many creative interests. Just go with the flow!
    Hope the packing is going well and its not too emotional! we’re planning to move in 2yrs time and Im freaking out already!

  5. karen says:

    I occasionally have the same nagging thoughts (especailly when tring to find a place for the supplies for my latest endeavor, and I come across all the unfinished things from ‘crafting past’). But I just love to do a wide variety of creative things. Keeps it interesting I guess.

    Great clocks, btw!

  6. kathy says:

    I do the same thing. I go back and forth between sewing purses, clothes and anything else that strikes my fancy and quilting. Sometimes I think I should just stick to quilting because I have so much backlog and I really love it the most. I do think keeping a wide perspective has value though. I tend to use cross over techniques between projects which ultimately leads me to (what I think at least) are some unique designs. I see your signature across your project areas which I think is really the point in the end, developing a unique look to what you make.

  7. rebecca says:

    I am so totally understanding, and just read through the comments for any advice….none, but encouragement, so I guess that is a good thing. It can get a little, no alot, frustrating, cause nothing gets completed and I am no closer to finding something that absolutely clicks. I love doing everything.

    I was once told that it would be better if I found one thing that I really enjoy, stick with it and do your best, instead of a bunch of different things and not doing anything really fabulously. I haven’t heeded that advice, yet, anyway.

    But what I think is very important to recognize with you, is that all your different works, have a Regina style. “a signature”, and it just may be that you need to be doing all sorts of different things, to be doing anything at all. If you just focused on one thing, the clocks lets say, they may not look as fabulous as they do, cause you weren’t also creating other things in the background………okay long post, but I have always said you are so incredibly talented, on so many levels.

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