It's interesting to think of where I am this year with Rifferaff compared to last year.
This time last year, I had just moved to Michigan and was unemployed (but looking), so I had entire free days to work on my small business. Couple that with the fact that in our old apartment, my craft storage and work table took up about 50% of the living room and it's not hard to see why I dedicated much time and effort to Rifferaff. I didn't have anything else to do and couldn't produce any worthwhile excuse to avoid it.
Oh but this year, excuses are plentiful.
My craft supplies and table now have a room of their own. For the last three years I've eagerly awaited the day when I could get my projects out of my face so I wouldn't have to see them (and the resulting mess) all the time. But now that that day is here, it actually might not be such a great thing. When I'm not confronted daily with the sight of projects-in-progress, I've found it TOO easy to ignore them. Was it actually better for my work ethic to have my work table in the main living space?
It also doesn't help that my interest level in craft and design is...waning. I guess this is what you could call feeling uninspired. I'm calling it bored. So bored, that this summer I started working on another long-term project that has nothing to do with craft or design. I don't plan to blog about that until the new year, but if you've been following my Twitter, I've dropped some hints. Right now this project is infinitely more appealing to me (and so I'm dedicating more time to it) than screenprinting or soapmaking, which feel like chores. Is this want I want Rifferaff to be?
Another blow came today when I received notification that I wasn't accepted to a winter craft fair for which I thought (quite conceitedly) that I was a shoe-in. Craft fairs aren't my favorite thing in the world and I've certainly put out enough negative energy regarding my experiences at them, but i have to admit, I was feeling cocky and assured of my acceptance to this fair. The rejection came as both a blow to my ego and a wake up call: You're not putting much effort into Rifferaff right now though it may have been hidden before, it's now obvious to those around you.
So, what's next?
I do want to come up with a collection of things for the holiday. I think new items will energize me and get me more active on the blog again. Lord knows I already have plenty of supplies on hand, just waiting for some alchemy to take place. The best way to get inspired is probably going to be just to get into my work room, unpack some sh*t and get to work.