Most fairy tales begin with 'Once upon a time...' my work seems to start with 'One thing at a time...' How I envy those who have one, two, three or four projects going at the same time. I would love to walk into my studio and say 'eeny, meeny, minee, moe...' and choose between this one or that one. Am I in a 'blue' mood - okay let's go with the blue today; am I feeling like I need to work with silk threads - okay let's go with this one. But I have learned, especially over the past couple of years that I am hard-wired to start work on one piece, work it until it is finished and then move onto the next one.
This doesn't mean that I don't think about what I'm going to be doing next. I do gather colors and textures, threads and embellishments for future pieces as I work on the current piece. But for the most part that is all I do. While I might have a few ideas in the back of my mind - a picture I want to convey or a feeling I want to translate it doesn't really come to the forefront until I have finished what I'm working on at the moment.
I guess if there is one thing I've learned through years of fiber work it is to accept myself and my work habits for what they are - it increases my creativity to not have my mind wandering off on all sorts of paths. That doesn't mean I won't have 'creativity envy' for people like Loralei at Whimsical Mermaid *smile*!
"Remember life's magic by the trail you've already blazed." - The Universe