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April 20, 2010



gorgeous photos !


A great post! I can totally relate to the expressway feeling! Probably in your case the way that the exit ramp and Spring came at the same time added some more lead to your foot as well! :-D


i love those white-background, back-lit blossom photos. i think you might should (to use a purely southern construction) consider having them printed onto a sateen cotton as a tapestry print... and then making a bunch of gorgeous dresses and pillows from it!


very pretty; had to come take a closer look to see if they were pressed or painted.


Great post! Too bad we can't skip from the exciting and filled-with-promise beginning right to the wow-I'm-done ending. But then I guess we'd miss the satisfaction of working through that middle part where the real effort comes in.


Can't wait to see the pinafore!

Jeanette Mc. from Everton Terrace

I am exactly this way. I have projects almost finished, necklaces in the "middle stages" and new jewelry ideas pushing in for space. Yesterday, while starting a new commissioned piece, I mentioned to my husband I might want to re-do a few rooms in the house, he almost fainted. He doesn't work this way. He's a one thing at a time kind of fella. I think I'll send him this post today, he thinks I'm the only one!


I've noticed while teaching people to sew, or answering accusations about unfinished projects that the biggest hurdle to unleasing creativity is that little voice that says, "I should finish this first".

You've got to get to it while the idea is in motion and give yourself permission to start something without knowing if it will ever be what it was in your imagination.

I've finished quilts 10 years after I've started them. It's ok. There are no rules. :0)


Wow, I thought that top photo was an illustration. NICE!


Hahahaha, you make me laugh, Alicia.


I love reading your posts. You have a great way of telling your story. I am often way too ambitious. I will see something in a store and think, why I can make that! And then proceed to get supplies...and most the time they get made. But, here lately I fully identify with you. I have been telling myself to go home after work and finish my gazzillion and one projects! I can NOT buy anything except what is required to complete said items. Hmmm...this may take a while. So, I'm taking a sebatical...thanks to your crochet pattern. Tee hee. Yes, another project. Shhh don't tell anyone. ;)
Have a productive day!
Paula :)


Beautiful photos! I start so many projects sometimes I forget about them until I start cleaning stuff! I do finish many things, some I know I won't. And, I am like that with books too, right now there are 5 on my nightstand. I can pick up where I left off by re-reading the last few lines, I go back and forth...when the mood is right. It drives a few people crazy, but I am fine with it...:)

Alice-in-Wonderland pinafore, and embroidered alphabet sampler?? Can't wait to see those!! I have found when you actually blog about art projects you start it serves as a motivation to get it finished!!! :)

Karen B

Gorgeous photos and hysterical writing! Thanks


With my writing, and my art- it seems to me it is never quite done...I can always do something to it...tweak it, make it better somehow.
xo, Cheryl


In the absence of deadlines, all things new seem way more exciting than all things partially complete, don't they? I can relate (although, I've never done a book) to projects pending!


I have to say, I agree with Miss Stewart up there....there are no rules to creativity. Some of the BEST ideas have the WORST timing!

As always, your photos are magnificent, Alicia!


i love those photos, too! i am so solitary. i will not start a new project until i finish my current one. i get bored and will never go back to it and have no room for an unfinished project closet and will probably never never write a craft book ;).

linda b

Great post! I can totally relate! Especially to the numerous projects going at once. Most people think I'm nuts, but that's just how my brain works:)


I love having several projects going at the same time too! I think when you're a creative person, it just happens. I love the beginning of an idea and figuring it out and of course the end, but I agree with you Alicia that the middle isn't always as great. Oh well. Having many things going on at once ensures no boring days, unless of course, that is what is needed.
I, too, have an adirondack chair under my dogwood (it's really more of a puppywood though because it's still small) and it is the perfect place to enjoy Portland's spring afternoons!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY

The descriptions of the projects sound wonderful and worth the wait.

Enjoy your day (and back to work).


Apple blossom handbags sound wonderful - do show!

Shelley Noble

Never have heard this aspect of the fertile creative process described so well, Alicia.

It's ephemeral, this creative impulse that is strong enough to actually move the body to action. For me, it's all about wondering how something could be made, solving that question, and then moving onto the next. So, I'm left with several solved projects that are 70% complete.

Then something else has to take over in order for me to come back to them and trudge/push on to actually complete them. That might be the desire to see it fully done and show it on my blog. I'm certain my project blog is largely responsible for my getting most last stages finished.

Your dogwood blossom photos make me swoon!


You are so adept at putting into words your feelings and experiences so that I can relate (on some levels, anyway!).
When is this new book coming our way? Can you tell us?


Oh, I experience the SAME THING when I am writing at the end of each quarter; I just dream and dream of making things because I'm stuck working on a different kind of thing. And after that, zip pow! Burst of creativity ... and that's how I forget to actually rest and recuperate over breaks =)

and your dogwoods are so, so lovely!

Cyndi Deal

These photos just take my breath away. Dogwood is one of my favorite flowers. We have massive amount of them here in NC.

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