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The week ahead :)

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Hello! Another week has begun and with it a fresh wave of challenges ๐Ÿ™‚ Progress has however been made and Mr. Art Badger is one small step closer to being complete….he now has a head!

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Now the above is just a draft! There are so many things that I want to work on and change; the eyes are definitely not right (they were the only ones I had to hand!), the stitches are ragged and some too lose, and his nose/ snout will be changed completely. I also plan on adding cheeks, to puff his face out a bit. Oh and I also plan on making him bigger, a lot bigger ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I think the biggest challenge I face is how to inject personality into him. I know when the eyes are changed it will help, oh and also when the small issue of giving him an actual body is resolved! I think for the coming week I am going to take a step back from Art, let it settle a bit and work on another creation; this one being much simpler, which I am hoping will boost my confidence a little and get my creative juices flowing more. Also I find one of the best forms of motivation for me is seeing a finished product, it makes all the doubt and second guessing worth it.

So that is my plan for the week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope if you are working on your own creative project that you find it rewarding and can overcome any challenges you may face along the way, learning as you go. No matter what you get up to this week I hope it is enjoyable and fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why I create?

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Hey there, I hope this day finds you well ๐Ÿ™‚ You may have seen the #whyicreate doing the rounds on social media lately (it’s a competition that Etsy have been running) and it got me to thinking about my answer to that question. Why do I create? Here is what I posted to Twitter: “I create because I cannot not create, it is something inherent to my being, without which I am simply not me!”

I really enjoyed having to answer the question via Twitter as it forced me to condense my thoughts down to 140 characters or less! The whole creative process and where I fit into it has been on my mind a lot lately. It is a side of my character that, for many different reasons I have been trying to hide over the years, and have only recently really began to accept it and allow it to grow and evolve. Sometimes I feel the whole process so overwhelming as the freedom it gives you is immense! I want to do everything all at once, and ultimately end up doing very little, if anything at all! That is one of the reasons I am so excited about having discovered crochet as a creative outlet. I enjoy the technical and the creative sides of the craft and really it just fits me! You know that feeling when something feels natural, like you have been doing it all your life even though you have just picked it up?! I still enjoy taking a stroll down many other crafty / creative avenues; painting, drawing, poetry, photography etc. but I think I can finally say that for now I have found my niche ๐Ÿ™‚

So if you create, no matter how big or small, why do you? What drives you, inspires you or frightens you?! Hopefully the answer to that question may bring you some interesting insights you never realised you had ๐Ÿ™‚ Now be free and create!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

The colour change(s) :)

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Hi! So this week I have been working on bringing Mr. Art Badger out of my mind and into a physical form, through the medium of crochet. Doesn’t sound too bad? Looking back on the week, really it hasn’t been that difficult, but at the time each day seemed like a wasted one, with no measurable progress being made. Last week I got the basic shapes down, head, ears etc. and I crocheted them all in one colour wool (black) and pinned them in place. So far so good ๐Ÿ™‚ However since I am relatively new to this craft (and this is my first ever time creating my own amigurumi pattern), this weeks task has been a steep learning curve!

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A rough sketch of what I want the finished head to look like! Bringing this to life is proving interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

Badgers, as most people will know, have a mainly white face with two distinctive black stripes running down the center. There in lies the problem! I was going great this afternoon crocheting away, so happy that it was starting to take shape and actually resemble something close to what I had envisioned, when I began to notice the obvious; when crocheting in the round (and making colour changes) the stitches of each round become slightly askew from the stitches in the previous round. D’oh!!! So I consulted “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi” by June Gilbank (of http://www.planetjune.com), a book that I found so helpful and keep returning to again and again, and was relieved to find a solution to my problem; turn work at end of each joined round! The appearance will be different but I am really interested to see how it takes shape. Maybe the added texture will help create Art’s personality a little more. Or maybe I will have to return to the drawing board all over again. Either way I am determined to enjoy the process and to give myself more credit for each little step I take in the right direction. One of the reasons I love craft is that it teaches me patience, a life skill that I think comes in very handy each and every day in every aspect of living ๐Ÿ™‚ I think over the coming days and weeks I will be drawing more and more on my mindfulness skills and meditation techniques, but that is a whole other topic for another day ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. For (almost!) daily progress reports, why not follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook (links in sidebar) or why not head to http://www.moonofarann.com to find out how Art is getting on and what he has been up too (he tells me he is really enjoying blogging!)