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“Stagnant Waters”


Description from Cuban Queen Crazy Chick: This pick represents the design rut that I'm in right now. I haven't created anything in over 2 months and it really stinks! I'm sure you chicks can relate - sometimes you got it and sometimes you just don't! I was wondering, how long has your longest "dry spell" lasted?


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    Helen G aka tea chick says:

    I’ve had dry spells too, some for a month or two. I also get them with cooking- I love to cook, but sometimes I just can’t get into making anything, especially new things. The cooking rut usually comes after I have a run of unsuccessful new recipes, and I lose my confidence. Perhaps you could put the beads away for a while, then look at them with fresh eyes. If you think it may be a confidence thing, perhaps taking an older piece that did not work out quite as you hoped and re-working it may help? Good luck!

  2. Chicky ChaCha
    Chicky ChaCha says:

    I am probably in the same rut as you Ivy! This is a beautiful soft pick! I have been on the LB site picking more than making anything although I have made a lot. I ruined my fingers about 2 yrs ago doing an extreme earring making. There are a lot of women where I work and I made them all earrings for Christmas but overkilled my fingers—caused trigger finger and just a lot of problems for almost a yr. They are better now but not ever the same. So probably almost a whole year but for pain and healing purposes not stagnant. Love this pick again Ivy! Beautiful!

  3. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Thanks for your feedback, chicks! Mary, I’m not sure which is worse – being in a creative rut, or having to keep your creativity inside because of physical limitations!

  4. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Helen, forgot to say that those are good ideas :)

  5. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    Ivy, this is gorgeous!! I’ve popped it right into my favorites. I’m in somewhat of a rut myself. I take the beads out and look at them, feel them, and then put them away. I want to do something different, but what that is, I don’t know yet. I’m sure you will get back into the swing of things soon. Take your time.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Gorgeous pick Ivy! Love the deep, rusty green mixed with the lighter, transluscent tourmilated quartz.

    As for dry spells, yeah, I’ve been there.
    Can’t say as I’ve ever tracked how long it lasted though. I DO understand your frustration. BUT it does return! Hang in there, your creativity is still there, it’s just resting! And whether you know it or not, it’s not totally asleep, your creativity shows very well in this pick!! Maybe this is how it wants to play for awhile yet? ;-)
    Keep beading!!!

  7. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    Beautiful pick Ivy!!! Love that copper green opal. Looks like you still have plenty of creative juices flowing, maybe they’re just flowing in another direction right now. I haven’t done any beading lately either – just haven’t been inspired. Hopefully, one of these days, an idea will just hit us and we will be unstoppable (is that a word?). :P

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Unstoppable is indeed a word, Chocolate Chick, and I’m sure that day will come sooner than you expect! I haven’t done anything lately, either, but creativity is a strange thing…sometimes I think it finds a divergent path just to lead you to a whole new way of seeing things! ;)
    I love this pick, Crazy Chick, and I think it’s wonderfully creative! Maybe it’s taking you down this new path! BTW, fave! :D

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    with me it’s crazy schedules, demands of family, insomnia, etc. can leave me too worn out to get the creative juices going, they’re there, but it’s just I’m not there… you may find the same is true for you… that’s why I like my stuff visible on my dining room table… I visit every so often combine an idea or just a few beads together for a few minutes to get back to later… later can be quite a long time but I think just those few minutes help to keep me from feeling that my creativity is stagnant… maybe this will work for you?

  10. Chicky ChaCha
    Chicky ChaCha says:

    YEA!! I am not crazy. You should see my work table—beads all over the place. My husband would NOT be happy with me if I left them on our dining room table—man what a spoilsport a beadspoilsport!!! I used to think I was so horrible for leaving anything out–now I know I am not alone. Thanks DD Mystic Chick! :)

  11. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words Deb!!!

  12. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Ivy, thanks for this way fab gorgeous Pick about the creative rut you’re in right now. That is a really difficult space to be in, given how srong creative energies are for us – like others have said, perhaps it’s time to find some ways to take a break of some kind as others are suggesting – what do you do to find inspiration – what gives you energy (creative and otherwise)… and what might help you replenish and nourish yourself? not so easy to do, given that you and your husband own a restaurant, you also have three lovely children and your own jewelry business! Wishing you well in getting out of the creative rut, I’ve also been there – BTW, this Pick is sooo inspiring, LOVE the contrast of the translucent green tourmalinated and the earthy copper green opal!!! :)

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Beautiful pick! I really haven’t had any “dry spells”. The only time I can’t design is when I don’t have new beads!

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    Sure, Chicky ChaCha :) let’s just say my husband is not happy at all about my beads and findings in different stages of designs all over the dining room table… I would love to have an art studio I could lock the door so nobody could see it all :)

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    I just remembered you have little ones so my idea wouldn’t work for you unless you have a designated room to bead that you could close off.

  16. Chicky ChaCha
    Chicky ChaCha says:

    I hear ya DD Mystic Chick. My hubby and I had been in an apt for 2 yrs b/c we were renting our house to our sons and trying to find a different house. I just moved into another house this spring and am using a small bedroom for my “things”. But in the apt I had my beads out and he wasn’t a happy camper. It is so hard to put everything away all the time. :(

  17. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    I think my longest “dry spell” was about 6 months. I just couldn’t create anything that really spoke to me so I guess you could say I set it aside for awhile. I do what a few others have said – take my beads out, look at them, and then put them back. I kind of have this thought process that if the beads do not “talk” to me then most of the time I will be frustrated or unhappy with the end result. Right now (for the last week or so) instead of beading I am working on a cross-stitch – I find that if I pick another one of my crafts up then my creative juices come back. Now that being said I do have about 4 pendants set out with various beads from my stash that are starting to talk to me so I will probably be creating again soon

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Ivy, this is a fabulous pick! Who says you’re in a rut? Maybe your creativity wants to expand out, like taking up painting or something. I haven’t had a good creative spurt for awhile – I think it’s because my bead table is such a mess! I know I need to clean it up before I’ll get a good creative splurge. I start cleaning, then I spy some beads and take them out, then I look at them, and guess what? My table is a mess again and I can’t think straight! The other problem I have is that there are so many fabulous artists in the gallery, and I get so inspired, but there’s so much I want to try that I just short-circuit!

    Sounds like your life is just too busy right now to make it happen. You’ll find your moment, and when you do, you’ll create some knock-out pieces! :D

  19. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Ivy~Are you kidding me? This is gorgeous! I love all of your picks! I think you could create anything and make it look great!

  20. Breezy Chick aka Bree
    Breezy Chick aka Bree says:

    This is beautiful.

  21. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ivy, this is a gorgeous pick, even though it represents a stagnant time in your beading creativity. I love the colors and gems you’ve chosen for this one — it’s a fave! :D

    If you don’t count the 50 years BEFORE I discovered beading, then I would say the longest I have had “bead block” is around 2-3 months. ;) And yes, it is very frustrating to look at all my beautiful beads and not be able to figure out what the **** to do with them!!! Sometimes it helps me to look at designs in a beading magazine or online site or in the new LB Design Gallery. :D

    Hang in there, Crazy Chick, and one day, before you know it, those creative juices of yours will start to flow again and you’ll be struggling to keep up with all your fabulous ideas!!! 8)

  22. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    This is a great pick! I love the colors, and Green Girl Shibuichi Tree Pendant! Ivy, I am sure it must be frustrating for you right now, but all of us have been there before. I am sure that once inspiration hits again, you will be overcome by so many incredible ideas, you may not know which one to sart with. I look forward to seeing them all posted in the gallery! Hugs, Honey!!!!!

  23. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful responses, chicks!! Great ideas and great encouraging words. That’s one of the million things that I love about Lima Beads. CHICKS ROCK!!! :D LOL!

  24. Violet
    Violet says:

    Hi Ivy… Sorry to hear you are at a bit of a creative block… but it will come back…. Yes, I think we have all been there at some time or other…. Often when I have a block…. I go out in my garden for some peaceful time and meditation…. then I start to look around at all the beautiful creations that God created… plants, flowers, animals…. that seems to give me inspiration… as shown in some of my latest fresh picks….. I love nature as inspiration….
    Hang in there… and be sure to post your latest creation…. It will be soon ….. I’m sure of it…. hugs to you !!!!

  25. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Thanks, Violet! You’re right, there is tons of inspiration to be found in nature. More so than in anything else, in my opinion. Especially this time of year when the leaves are starting to turn…thank you for reminding me of that. :)

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    WoW awesome onto my favs.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Beautiful pick onto my fav..

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