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    Shawn l says:

    i am just sitting here and cant make myself bead anything. I havent touched my beads for weeks. everytime i get ready to try to design something i get so frustrated that i give up before i even decide on all the beads. i have many beautiful beads and cant even make myself touch them. do any of you do this? and what do you do to try to jump back into it?

  2. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Sounds just like me a week ago. And, when I did do something, I hated it anyway. Best just to walk away completely. Go look at some beading magazines. Oh, I look at the old designs submitted. I start from last page and work backwards. That always gives me ideas and I’ll see something I had forgotten and voila! an idea. It’s ok not to create anything for a while too. I think we are pretty much in a slump. Maybe too much Baskin Robbins, hmmmmm? (or not enough)

  3. CAS
    CAS says:

    Oh, Shawn, I have the same problem sometimes … a drought of creativity …. :( I usually have to “step away from the beads”, and do something else … alot of times doing fresh picks, looking in the design gallery, reading beading magazines … etc … will refire the desire to bead.

  4. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Well, how about I start from the back and work FORwards, duh!! Looks like CAS and I share the same advice to you!

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    It’s ok Shawn…most of us have experienced that from time to time.
    What I like to do is just go into the bead room and clean up my beading space.
    Once I have room to work, I take it to the next step….I get out a few beads and just look at them…when I am feeling creatively challenged, which is often, I tend to look through magazines, websites and Lima Beads for inspiration and just to keep connected.

    I hope this helps a little bit.

    Another tip; move on for a little while to something else you love…whether it be reading, crocheting, knitting or sewing, perhaps. After a while, the hankering for beads returns!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Shawn I have that problem sometimes I”ll put it aside and I pick up my knitting crocheting or quilting .LOL!!!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Just recently I’ve been feeling the same way (and I’ve been beading for 5 years, and this is the FIRST time)! I have LOTS of pretty beads, and I just put pretty combinations of beads/components into different little plastic bags (it seems like I have a million of those so far) but I just can’t make myself make anything! I’m getting pretty mad at myself LOL!!! Nope you aren’t alone!!!!! :D

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    Shawn l says:

    i am glad to hear others get this way. it almost is embarrassing cause i have spent so much money to get my beading supplies built up and then i just cant make myself use them. i am like you little chick it makes me mad at myself! i think i am going to take the advise i am getting on here and look thru the design gallery. i hope it inspires me. and LOL, kittymom, maybe it is just not enough baskin robbins. LOL

  9. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Hey Shaun…I’m in the same slump you are right now! I walk into my craft room, stand there for a minute and then turn around and close the door. And then I feel guilty because I’ve got so much money tied up in all kinds of crafting materials! Maybe it’s like spring fever?!! I hope it passes soon for both you and I!! :-D

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Wonder if it’s the winter blues? I’ve also been in a creative slump – I get little spurts, but nothing is continuous – do I string? Do I wirework? I’ve got these gorgeous swap beads, and nothing is working in my head…

    We had it once, and we’ll get the creativity back again! Sooner rather than later, I’m sure we all agree!

  11. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Relax… it’s normal to ‘go off’ beading now and then. It happens to everyone now and then.
    Take a walk, do something un-beady. The sooner you give up being angry with yourself/making yourself feel guilty, the sooner it will pass. (think you have no control over your emotions? haven’t you been in the middle of an argument, and the phone or doorbell rang… and you answered w/o all that anger? you can drop this too)
    And feel free to ignore all those little baggies of planned projects, work on something eles. and if you never get around to them, and use the parts for something else, what is so bad about that?
    have fun!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Yes Shawn, I’ve been there too and everyone has given good advice. Very wise advice I may add, I’d follow their lead. The main thing is, don’t beat yourself up over it. It will return, you’ll see! :-D

  13. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    THANK GOODNESS — I’m not alone in this exasperating situation!!! Not that I’m glad others are experiencing it, too, just glad not to be alone anymore! LOL

    Believe it or not, Shawn, I came on here this AM to write on a pick or my wire & ask for some advice myself. Except for a few Christmas gifts and orders I had pending at that time, plus 2 more in February, I haven’t created anything new since before my Mom passed in October. Yikes!!! This is my longest “beading dry spell (BDS)” ever!!! I had chalked it up to being depressed about Mom’s passing (which I do think was part of it), but I also know that wasn’t all of it. My doctor put me on an anti-depressant and between it & time, my depression has been lifting in the past few weeks. I still haven’t created a single thing! I know I’m feeling better because I want to play with my beads & arrange them on my bead board again — my poor beads were feeling soooooo neglected. I even had beads that I had ordered during this time, but hadn’t even bothered to unpackage and put away — VERY unlike me! 8O

    I also have enough beads to open an Indiana branch of Lima Beads and was feeling guilty about all the money I had spent that was just sitting there not being put to any use. Ironically, sales of my designs had really started to pick up in the Fall months, too, and I’ve backed off on opening my shop on Etsy because I just haven’t felt I could do it justice right now. I haven’t posted anything in the Design Gallery since Oct. 20, 10 days before Mom passed. I have tons of jewelry that I had already made before then that I could post, but haven’t felt “up to it.” Jeez…..

    I’m sorry to piggyback on your pick, Shawn, with my bead-blocking woes. It just seemed like the most appropriate place to write this. Sorry if it seems like a short story instead of a comment. LOL

    Also, those of you who know me know that I comment frequently on Picks and designs & I haven’t even been doing much of that. Sigh. I apologize for neglecting my LB Chick duties…..ROTFLOL……I do want you all to know that I love everything you’ve been picking and posting!!! The talent here just blows me away! :D

    Thanks for the advice you’ve listed for Shawn, Chickies! I’ll be sure to take some of it for myself! Chicky hugs & love to you all! :D

  14. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    OMG — Shawn, after I clicked on “submit comment” I saw just how very long mine was! Glad LB doesn’t charge by the word…..ROTFLMAO 8O

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Aw Lynn! Thank you for sharing. You’ve been on my mind lately and now I know why.
    Bless your heart. No apology neccesary for your “quite” moments. (I understand just a bit) Love ya Chicky Le! Hang in there my friend! Lean on us when you need!

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    B Stafford says:

    I call those moments mind blocks, which, believe or not, have lasted for me for weeks. It will pass, I usually look at ALL my magazines, cut pic.s out for my “idea book”, check out new websites, clean up my tools, and go through my beads, and throw the broken, beat ones up, clean my tools, etc. For me, it’s like a light switch, and then I can’t turn it off. lol This is your time to re engerize. Relax.

  17. CAS
    CAS says:

    Lynn! I love your descriptive “beading dry spell” or “BDS” … I’m suffering from moderate “BDS” myself right now too! I think it’s due to the weather (when in doubt blame everything on the weather), and wanting spring so badly. I’m glad the “beadies” are starting to whisper to you again (not a full fledged call yet, but soon perhaps … ). :)

    See Shawn … you’re not alone in suffering from “BDS”. Mega-huge chicky HUGS for all!!!!!! :D

  18. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Christine, I love your suggestion that when in doubt, blame it on the weather! LOL Hey, in addition to BDS, how about BBW for bead-blocking woes (see paragraph 4 of my first comment)? ROTFLOL Oh, I know I’ve written too much when I can count the paragraphs….. 8O

    Mary, thanks for thinking of me! I will definitely lean on you as I hang in there…. ;)

    B Stafford, I love your idea of “reenergizing and relaxing”! Sure sounds good to me — and better than being bead-blocked! LOL

    Chicky hugs to all! :D

  19. CAS
    CAS says:

    Well Lynn, does “BDS” worsen into “BBW” or is it the other way round???

  20. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oh, dear, hadn’t thought about that one, Christine! LOL Sounds like something you’d hear in a TV commercial — “If you are experiencing symptoms of BDS or BBW, consult your doctor immediately and get a prescription for your LBS.” ;)

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    I understand ALL of you! Especially you Lynn, I never thought I’d be able to create again after my mom passed almost 2 years ago, thanks to LB and everyone here I have, and even better than before! I go into slumps as well, unfortunately, My BDS ends up turning into BDSM 8O I get mean, and irritable when I’m creatively blocked, I turn into not a very nice or sociable person :( I would arrange my beading space, but, unfortunately, my beading space is 3 boxes of beads, wire, and findings, in a line down the middle of my bed, and my “side” of the bed and part of the computer desk next to it, a little 2 1/2 foot, by 2 1/2 ft bit of dask space, lol. Anyhow, Lynn you can always lean on me as well, I understand this loss and the void it leaves behind, any time, I’m here for you. That goes for all of you, anyone needs a shoulder, an ear, I’m here.

  22. CAS
    CAS says:

    LOL!!! ROTFL!!! I’d like that prescription please … :D … mmmmm … I wonder if it’s one of those “black market” prescriptions … beaders on street corners looking to score “LBS” to combat their “BDS” and “BBW” … ;)

  23. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ravin, does the M in BDSM stand for Marathon or Meanies? LOL

    Thanks for your support! You are a dear friend to me and I really appreciate it! :D

    I sure hope when my creativity returns it is as wonderful as yours has been! 8)

  24. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Christine, I am truly ROTFLOL right now!!! OK, I’m back in my chair….. ;)

    Picture us loitering on street corners, jonesing for a bead shopping fix, hoping to score……ROTFLOL again!!! 8O

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Lmao! Meanies probably, lol…actually it was a really bad reference to Bondage, Discipline, Sado, Masochism, ROTFLOL!!

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    And I’m sure your creativity will come back fantastically!!

  27. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Uh oh!!! Now I’m LMAO too, Ravin!!! Tooooooo funny!

    Thanks for the vote of confidence! :D

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Not just a vote of cofidence sweetie, it’s a feeling, something I just…know. I know it’ll be like that, dunno HOW I know it…I just DO know it. ::shrugs:: Got me. ::hugs::

  29. CAS
    CAS says:

    … psst … psst … hey buddy … ya got any … FWP’s … or … African (turquoise) … ;)

  30. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    You’re killing me, Christine!!! ROTFLMAO You would have to wear the obligatory trench coat, of course….. ;) Your pockets filled with beads, the lining covered with designs…….ROTFLOL

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    ::dead:: I haz killed myself with laughing…heehee

  32. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Well, you’ve heard the phrase “died laughing” right? ROTFLOL

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Heehee! Yup! :D

  34. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    I just snooped in on this conversation and am also ROTFLMAO!! So….anybody know a good place to get a “prescription”? ;)

  35. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Christine seems to know what SHE’S talking about……LOL

  36. Cj w aka Slacker Chick
    Cj w aka Slacker Chick says:

    I agree with everyone. We all go thru dry spells for one reason or another. I sometimes read or look at beading materials, often do another craft or hobby, or change my scenery by going someplace different to observe nature and people. Sorry that you are haing this time, it can be frustrating. Oh laughing always breaks the barrier for me.

  37. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Laughter IS the best medicine, CJ! :D

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    ROTFLOL!!! This conversation is funny!!!!!! :D

  39. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Pretty soon we will see a commercial on tv to call these particular lawyers if we suffer from any of the above. Probably a class action suit or something – against whom, I have no idea, but they will figure it out – No offense to any lawyers out there – I believe these guys are subspecies!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Whoa!! Arja has enough bead ideas lately to make up for everyone’s BBW and BDS bugs. Just don’t stick the bugs into the computer because I’m just starting and have few beads growing but not nearly fast enough. Everytime I go to make something I don’t have something to make it with. Had to repair a necklace gave to waitress her little boy pulled on and everything stayed together except metal connect ring came open and the string wire slipped down to nothing. One good thing didn’t come apart spreading beads every where. Makes me think maybe I did something correct in making it. It’s like spring out here today just beautiful and warm.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    The point of waitress story was I had no wire to string only had gold and dark needed silver or clear. Bought some did it. Whew!

  42. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Well, I gues we are all in the same boat at some time or another. I haven’t nmade much lately, not even the redo’s that I should do, or finished peices that just need the clasps etc. The Design Gallery helps big time!I like to try new stuff all the time, I just got into wire hammering. I made a bunch or earring wires yesterday, plain and embelllished. Not earrings, just the wires!

  43. Jo F
    Jo F says:

    It is comforting to know that others are having the same problem I am. I haven’t done anything since my Mom passed away the last of June.

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    Valley Girl says:

    I have read this whole comment line and I see lots of you missing mom and running into road blocks… Perhaps you should think of your mom and create something for her, something that she would just love, maybe even take it to the cemetery and show her or leave it there for her. Sometimes that helps break the block and when your piece for mom is complete then sit back and look at it and smile knowing that she is looking down from heaven and smiling too.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Valley Girl, What a cool idea! I think I’ll do just that!
    I lost my Mom when I was 2. Don’t remember her but I feel like I “know” her if you know what I mean? Miss her too.
    I figure all our Mom’s get together, hang out in Heaven and watch all of us beading chicks muddle our way through life, smiling all the while. :-)
    Bead on chicks!

  46. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    You guys got me thinking… I bet my mom would have liked beading. Like me, she couldn’t draw or paint to save her life (although that didn’t stop her from walking us through the Girl Scout drawing and painting merit badges – brave woman!), but she had a good eye for color and composition. She got into Japanese flower arranging while I was in high school, and shortly before she was diagnosed with brain cancer, she had gotten a position at the local dried/silk flower shop doing in-store arrangements and teaching classes in arranging. She was sooo happy about this! I bet she would have enjoyed making jewelry too, and doing Fresh Picks….

  47. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    I guess I missed all of this yesterday. I was having my own “Be Good to Dawn DAy” which I do when I feel I need pampering. My dad is in a nursing home for Alzheimers (I can’t think) and we are not sure he will ever come home. I feel that I have been in a fog thru all of this. You all have inspired and reminded me that someone else has it worse than me. Its been an emotional roller coaster as you all can imagine. When I see him all the happiness is just sucked out of me like a giant vacume cleaner took it all away. I feel drained. So yesterday All I did was what would make me happy. I baked bread, and a blueberry cake, took my dogs for a walk, had a glass of wine and enjoyed the flowers I picked up at the florist. It helped. I keep saying this too shall pass. Hope it does soon for me and all of you out there with the blahs.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Hi Sheltie Mom. Is your name Dawn? That is my daughter’s name. She was born in 1964 long before it became a popular name. My husband asked me just the other day why I named her that. I said I think it is because my exhusband and I had been at the drive in movies one of those runs to almost daylight hours went home water broke and never got to bed that night. Thus sun shinning that morning at dawn my little Dawn was born.

  49. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    What a beautful story. Thanks for sharing with me! Yes, my name is Dawn, and my middle name is Renee’. My mother wanted to name me Victoria, however my Grandmother said it was a barmaids name. She suggested my name. Renee means rebirth, so the break of day reborn. I was born in December of 1955, so I was pactically the only DAwn there was. Now you all know how old I am. Oh I came at 4:25 am, sorry Mom.

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    BDS! BBW! BDSM! :D too funny! …my borrowed philosophy: don’t take yourself too seriously …nobody else does ;) yes, we all get creativity block but as frustrating as it may be it doesn’t last forever… heed all the good advise stated here (especially the comical stuff) and smile :)

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