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Some things come naturally. Some things do not. I figure it's a good idea for me to stretch my concept of how I view myself regardless. Sometimes it works out and I'm glad I tried. Other times not so much. Kind of like my recent (or not so recent) attempt at paper arts.I got it in my head that I wanted to make Artist Trading Cards. I set up the challenge, I enlisted my friends, and I got to work.
But nothing came.
No matter how I tried I just could not get myself to finish. Each attempt felt so futile and juvenile. Then one day I took out the water colors for Hadley. I sat down and I just made myself paint. We started by painting the comic section of the newspaper. I'm comfortable cutting things out of things and patch working them all together.
The "funny fish" were first. Then came the knitting, which I felt insanely nuts for even attempting (but ended up loving).In the end I felt proud of each card I had made and what it said about my relationship with each recipient. I tried to make them meaningful both to me and to the people I was sending them to. I honestly don't know how they were received, but that's not the point. The point is...I made myself stretch. I forced myself to trust in a process I was not sure of.
I forced myself to be an artist even though it scared the poo out of me, and it felt good.

What stretches you?

(This post was shared on The Inspired Room's Beautiful Life)

Comments

  1. I so love this post. You're such an inspiration. Good for you.

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  2. Wow. That is awesome. Good for you. I'm feeling a little understretched ... or stretched too thin. Yea. That's more like it these days. gotta fix that.

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  3. Cute! I love your paper fish and the knitting is to die for. Lucky swap partners loved them, I'm sure.
    Stretched - everything stretches me some days! I'm just learning to quilt, pretty much teaching myself, and it is a stretch for sure. Always amazed when something comes out right~

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  4. I love it! Such creativity! I'm actually contemplating a similar project right now. This is great inspiration for me!

    I'm about to stretch myself by taking on some freelance writing. I'm looking forward to writing more long form stuff, after years of writing short news scripts.

    Oh and knitting. I started a new knitting project which is stretching me at the moment. I have no pattern, I just started knitting. Hope it turns out okay.

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  5. Your cards are beautiful, Heather. Absolutely...and even more so because of the stretch. Good for you. Keep stretching and believing that you can.

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  6. Lovely post! I am feeling stretched by time - now that I have a ton of it I cannot find my motivation... Soon...I hope! -S

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  7. Love this post, and the first picture of the little poppies. I guess sewing stretches me - I'm such a novice, but the whole process intrigues and challenges me so I'm gonna keep at it.

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  8. We really are on the same wave length!!! I love that card with the knitting needles.

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  9. As the lucky recipient of one of your lovely hand painted cards, I can honestly say that I LOVED it! (It came the week before the move so that's why I'm a slacker at saying thanks and have no internet at home so I haven't posted about it!) But I can say that it's inspiring and that I can't wait to get back into the crafting mode! Thanks for all your inspiration!

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  10. Aw crap. I didn't send that email, did I? I received it just as I was bundling Muffin out the door to NYC (always an excuse for being a crappy friend).

    I think it's lovely and meant to tell you so.

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  11. What stretches me is the inspiration I find right here with other bloggers!
    Brenda

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  12. What stretches me in trying something new and working really hard at it- Loved your insite.
    Happy Day

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  13. I LOVE my little painting AND the wonderful words you have written! I think I am still missing one of my trading cards... but it's ok because I was so incredibly slow to send mine! I think we should do it again someday! Love!

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  14. ooooh, what lovely creations!! love the knitting :)

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  15. Beautiful cards and beautiful post.

    Hi from N Ireland.

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  16. ack! these are so good! you are mighty talented.
    i wish i was the owner of the knitting portrayal.

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