Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit

The Unfinished Business Bucket

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As I continue to work on clearing the clutter, I noticed that I had a number of unfinished projects laying about my studio.  I’m sure I’m not the first artist to develop this notorious habit.

There are pieces of art that I started in a workshop and never finished.  A project that cracked during the curing process that I thought I could fix.  An idea that seemed good when I started it but it didn’t quite turn out the way I imagined.

I don’t know why I hang-on to these pieces but I do.  I hang onto them thinking I’ll finish them someday.  In reality they take up valuable table space and I find myself simply moving them from one place to another in my studio.

I suppose I could toss them out.  For some reason that isn’t an option I’m able to accept.

Until now.

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As part of my effort to get clear and get through the clutter, I created the Unfinished Business Bucket or UBBIn this bucket I have placed these numerous projects.  The bits and pieces and scrum that have laid unfinished, undesired, unwanted.

And to myself I have given a challenge.  Once a week, or thereabouts, I will pull a piece from the Unfinished Business Bucket and make a determination: To Finish It, To Re-invent It, or To Dump It.

I don’t expect this to be easy.  There must be some pack-rat, can’t waste, I’ll find a use for it someday spirit in my past who causes this to happen.

Whatever it is I want to confront it and use it to my benefit.  I look at this as another exercise in creativity.  Perhaps by clearing out the old, I can make way for new ideas and inspiration.

Or perhaps I’ll just end up with a really clear, clean studio.

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4 thoughts on “The Unfinished Business Bucket

  1. Hi Amy,
    Oh good, I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who has enough unfinished projects laying around to fill a bucket! Hey, want to trade buckets? Seriously, what a great idea to take all of those unfinished things and put them in one place. Congratulations on taking that step and making room for new inspiration to enter your life!
    -Karen

  2. Hmm… a bucket. I created a shoe box for this during my last craft room clean-up — & it’s amazing how freeing it is to let go of old projects! Plus it makes it much easier to keep my craft desk clean.

    Still, my shoe-box is getting full. A bucket may be the next step up!

    Thanks for another enjoyable post!

  3. And I’m embarassed to admit that I have a clean, clear studio and really haven’t recreated anything with the stuff in the bucket.

    Perhaps a swap of items in our buckets is in order?

    -Amy

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