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by Lyn Foley on September 15, 2015

I am thankful to be blessed with creativity.

Ideas, notions, visions, imaginings, “what ifs”, dreams – simply pour out of me.

I’m never bored. I always have something I want to make or create next. I don’t know where the ideas come from. They just appear. I wake to them – sometimes in the middle of the night. I envision them while cooking – or reading – or watching t.v. – or looking out the car window as I drive. Anytime. Anywhere. The ideas arrive, flow through me – and beg to be expressed, created, brought into being. I usually make something original every day of my life. It is rare when I do not. When not in the process of creating, I am sketching out ideas, or jotting down concepts, or telling the ideas to Jim, or repeating to myself “Remember this idea, this is what I want to do next.”

The flip side of this wonderful coin I live with is named “Focus.”

How to focus on only one media, one project, one vision, one thing to create?


The focus side of the coin sometimes feels like grabbing myself by the throat and demanding that I get to work. I must maintain self-discipline in order to focus on one media.

Some 45 years ago I put away music ( I played the flute), I put away drawing ( I worked with pen and ink and watercolor) and I put away fiber arts ( I crocheted clothing and wall hangings) to focus on creating jewelry. While focusing on jewelry and jewelry designing I subsequently focused on selling that jewelry, and my husbands jewelry.

1990: Major shift: We left the jewelry business, and went off to sail around the world. Except ……… I took beads with me, and made jewelry. I took yarn with me and crocheted things, mostly useful things, but still. And I wrote, and drew, and created. I couldn’t help it. Even on a rolling, rocking boat, I created.

2001 – 2002: Back on land I returned to creating jewelry full-time – and then found glass. Glass has inspired me for 13 years. I am still inspired, making glass beads and jewelry.

But ever so slowly, ever so quietly, other ideas, other visions, other media have crept back into my mind, my hands, my dreams. I no longer force myself to focus only on glass. I pick up fiber, and crochet hats, and scarves, clothing. I’ve picked up chalk pastels, and paint, and draw, and love it.

I finally admit it – no excuses – I just can’t help it. These other media are demanding their time, their space.

No, I’m not quitting glass – I’m adding in fiber and pastels. (And while I am not writing much now, Go Anyway is still under publication). This space, this blog, will now include all my current passions. My yarn creations are for sale here: Yarn Safari :: Adventures in Knit and Crochet. I’ll soon be ready to sell my pastels. Follow what I am painting on Facebook until I get a site built.

If I figure out where all these creative urges come from, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, I will, as they say, “Go with the Flow”.
Here is a photo of the three mediums by Lyn – (so far): Glass jewelry, Crocheted clothing, Pastel Paintings. Enjoy! And leave me a comment about what you think about my transition.

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wendy September 16, 2015 at 8:13 am

I think it’s great that you’re welcoming fibre and pastels back into your life. I am a crafter, I can’t say I’m a quilter, or a jewellery maker, or a crocheter as I do them all, and more. I don’t want to give any of them up so I make do with my lack of focus!

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