Got Cabin Fever? No Creative Mojo? Try Frictionless Crafting!

Hi friends! As I write this it’s snowing and already we have about 6 new inches of snow atop what we already had. It’s pretty, I’ll give it that but come March I am pretty stick of cold weather and being stuck inside. Short day and cold temps can have you feeling tired and unmotivated. In today’s video I’ll try to help you overcome it!

It occurred to me that many times when I was lazing on the couch watching TV that I would much rather be creating. Instead I might scroll through my phone hoping to be inspired or start the next episode of a show I am watching. Why am I spending my doing these passive activities when I really want to go make something. The reason is simple. These actions are frictionless.

To start a new project I need to leave the room, think of an idea of what to make, gather supplies, clear a space to work, make the thing and then clean up afterward. It can seem much more appealing to stay put and keep scrolling but you can engineer your crafty time to be more frictionless. Companies like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and yes, even YouTube have engineered their platforms to be easy to use and consume more and more. The good news is that you can apply this trick to your crafting!

Overcoming our own blahs…

Complaint: I’m too tired to get off the couch and start a project.

Solution: Keep a portable project kit next to the couch. It can be a knit/crochet project, stamped images and coloring tools, a small set of watercolors or watercolor pencils and a waterbrush and sketchbook or even a subscription box if you have any. That what you can create and not miss an episode of Friends!

Complaint: I don’t know what to make!

Solution: The next time you are scrolling Instagram and a project looks fun stop and go to your supply closet and see if you have the stuff to make it, pull those supplies and save the inspiration photo for reference. Then your workspace will be set up when you have the time to create.
Tip: A great time to pull materials is when you have a 15 minute gap of time like you are preheating an oven or waiting to put laundry in the dryer. Use those “too small to do anything” scraps of time.

Complaint: I hate looking at the white canvas, I don’t know where to start.

Solution: Find a photo of something you want to paint and draw (or trace) it on your canvas. It will be more fun when you return to it if the drawing is done and your materials are laid out.

Basically you are removing as much friction between you and starting that project. You can do it! Think about how easy it is to go on amazon and order craft supplies. It’s frictionless. *Tip, I remove my payment info from my account so if I want to order I have to go find my credit card, see it works both ways LOL! I hope this video inspires you to create today and til next time happy crafting!

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7 Responses

  1. I find that if I am really uninspired, it’s a good time to clean-out/organize my supplies. A little play in the supplies and suddenly I want to make all the things again.

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  2. Gosh! It took my husband to say this week end – you haven’t done any cards lately! Guess this is because I felt a little depressed! I sent a sample to a gallery, hoping they’d like my stuff and they didn’t even bother to say ‘No thanks’.! (Mine are not the norm!!)
    Love your posts Lindsay, Jo, UK

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  3. I love your posts! great ideas today.

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  4. I really appreciate your article today. Thank you for taking time to give us all tips and inspiration.

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  5. Thanks Lindsay 🙂 You’ve got some swell ideas there! Everyone’s mojo is bout to wane some time. Hang in there spring is coming soon!!!

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  6. I keep a bag of knitting by the side of my chair and knit while I watch tv. Only scarves but at Christmas I give them to my workplace appeal for the homeless. I feel I’m doing something creative and it stops me from nodding off in front of the tv!☺

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  7. The beginning described me to a tee! Wish I could get off the couch

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