Spring Break Unplugged (Plus a Special Treat!)

Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I realise that I have been a little sporadic with my blogging since the Eliston Button Website Redesign mainly due to having found myself in one of those iccky  little creative ruts. For a long time at the start of the year I sat in front of my computer, day after day, learning how to become a self-hosted website and implementing it all behind the scenes whilst keeping afloat with blogging each week. It was exhausting, not to mention that fact that it felt like I had traded in my creative imagination and crafty biz for a boring (I know, I know…Some of you love this and may even do this as your job – it’s just not for me!) computer job that included coding, web design and writing copy. Yawn. My little crafty soul was losing the will to live and this in turn resulted in a pretty yukky slump/funk/hole of ick/whatever-describes-the-me-that-now-drags-herself-out-of-bed-to-sit-in-front-of-a-blank-screen-and-wonders-where-the-fun-went.

Fast forward to now and I am yearning to be able to unplug from the drain of the internet for a bit. We are all familiar with the feeling at some point in our lives – It may be that extra half an hour day spent on Pinterest…Maybe the ache of your scroll finger on Facebook, reading post after post of mindless drivel that really doesn’t make you feel good…Maybe it’s the ‘five more minutes’ that you mindlessly say to your partner/friend/parent when you are trawling through twitter or evaporating into emails or finding yourself knee deep in someone’s Instagram profile that you discovered through a friend of a friend of a friends brother. Yikes!

Can any of us say that we come out of that internet exploring haze feeling good about ourselves or our lives?

There is so much expectation to live up to, too many ‘Pinterest perfect’ homes to compare to, so many minutes that make up hours and days and months of…what? What do we have to show for it? Did we make a difference? Did we try out those 35 recipes we pinned at 1am? Did we learn anything about Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ that was useful to our own lives? (Check out that current trending reference thingy! – Go me!)  Did we try out the home décor D.I.Y. tutorial that we bookmarked from a website that promised to solve all of our organisational needs? No.

Don’t get me wrong – I luurrvvee the Internet. Without the Internet, I would not have my little creative biz. I wouldn’t be blogging right now or have an online shop full of handmade goodness for you to buy.

Without the Internet I wouldn’t have ‘met’ you all and started friendships. I wouldn’t be following my passions in the way that I am now. I wouldn’t have been able to connect with fellow artisans the way that I have and I mean it in the truest form when I say “Thank you Internet for all of those things” But, If I could just step back for a while, I would probably be make more things and feel less frazzled. I would probably feel less pressure and stop comparing my chapter 3 to someone else’s chapter 10.

We didn’t do any of those things we pinned or bookmarked because we didn’t unplug enough to make time for it all.

We didn’t step away from our screens and tablets and phones to actually do things with our bodies, make things with our hands or have anything tangible to show for our time.

Wow – Even writing it all out makes me feel a pang of guilt for neglecting my creativity. 

So, this rather lengthy explanation (and rather unexpected rant) leads me to my little announcement and of course the special treat I promised at the beginning. I am unplugging for a while. I am going to share my Photo-a-Day scheduled post with you next week and then unplug. I am adventuring into the scary world of being offline (except for the Photo-a-Day challenge and behind-the-scenes snippets on Instagram) I am stepping away from the laptop and moving towards the rest of the Eliston Button Headquarters. 

Apparently there is a whole craft studio surrounding my computer desk that cries a little each day when it doesn’t get attention – now, how can I carry on ignoring that!?

Not to mention that it’s getting a bit distracting now with the buttons pining for the threads and the scissors fighting with the rotary cutters. Even the paper threatens to cut them! Yikes! 

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At the end of the day, making makes me happy. Making makes my soul happy. I need to create and pour my heart into art and design again. I need to trial and error and make mistakes and learn from them (or not) and see what happens.

I need to play and explore and dream up new ideas and possibilities that I have struggled to find time for because of all of the noise.

The noise of the internet.The noise of the pressures, the comparisons The noise inside my head full of all of these things x100 that steal away the joy of it all. I am unplugging the noise. Taking off the headphones and the visor. Putting down the computer mouse and picking up the pencils. Just for a little while, until I find my creativity again, until I dig out my crafty mojo and get back on track. Until I find a little balance, in my creative business and in myself. An offline-online balance of sorts I suppose. 

Also, I want to mention and will surely elaborate on in due course – We are currently in the process of trying to sell our house and move away to start a new, fresh, happy life away from what happened to us last year (I talked about it here) This, as you may be able to imagine, is rather stressful and thought consuming, not to mention highly emotional as so much rides on us being able to sell and move on. This is also taking up a lot of my energy, causing a lot of procrastination and a lot of sleepless nights worrying about what will be, which is no doubt taking its toll on my creativity too. Taking this break away from the blog will help ease the pressure in my head that shouts at me for not having a blog post ready to go each week or tells me off for not getting my act together. You know the one – It weasels in when you’re fizzled out and run down and lies to you about your abilities and chips away at your confidence in yourself and/or your work

 – That Dementor needs a good old ‘Expecto Patronum’ right in its face if you ask me!

I know you all understand because you are gorgeous, creative little beings and I love you all for it. Which is why I am not going on my little Spring Break without leaving a little special treat behind for you…

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Hooray!! How exciting! Giving out a little discount for my loyal blog readers for the Eliston Button Etsy Shop, lets me give something back to you guys and at the same time hopefully clear out some old stock to make way for shiny new doses of handmade goodness. Also, you 150 extra glittery button points to Gryffindor (or the house of your choice) if you have got this far! 😀 You’re a real Buttoneer!

So, there you go and now you know. Like I said before, I will be popping in next week with my scheduled Photo-a-Day – April 2016 Round-Up – I know I say it every time, but yikes! This was a tough one. I hope you will come and join me and let me know your favourite! 

Do you take part in a photography challenge? Can you relate to some of the things I have discussed today? How did you get over a creative block? Do you have any tips and tricks up your crafty sleeves to get through overwhelm? I would love to hear all about it. 

Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!

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5 Comments

  1. April 29, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Thank you so much for writing this. I feel like you’re pretty much articulated how I am feeling about everything at the moment. I know you are further along in your journey than me, but I’ve already hit a point where I am wondering where the making and creativity comes in, as I’m feeling really overwhelmed by the amount of time needed on social media and promotion.

    Over the May half term hols I may very well take a leaf out of your book and unplug for a while to get some perspective and hopefully all of my creative spark back. There is without question a direct correlation between the more time sat at my computer and a reduction in my creative spark and I too feel like that balance needs addressing.

    I hope you enjoy your time out and really look forward to your new makes, all of your products are so unique and lovely and I’m looking forward to being wowed again by your creativity.

    Also wishing you the very best of luck sorting your house situation.xx

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      April 29, 2016 / 12:52 pm

      Wowee! Thank you so much for stopping by lovely with such a lovely comment! You have made my day 🙂 I am so glad it isn’t just me that feels like unplugging sometimes! I don’t think it matters how far along this creative adventure we are, I think we will always come to points where we feel the need to unplug and recharge our creativity offline. After all, We need to live our lives and explore and gather inspiration to be able to feel inspired to make new things. I really hope you are able to take some time off over the half term and that together we find our spark again 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kind words about my doses of handmade craftiness! I am so thrilled you like them and it it lovely to know someone is out there eager to see what I make next. I will keep you updated about the house!

      Thanks again for stopping by and good luck lovely!

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