Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pushing through

Inspiration: Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't.

For the last couple days, I haven't had it at all. Yesterday I allowed myself to wallow in my lack of ambition. Today, however, I forced myself to get back to work.

I started by tackling my cluttered work area. I don't usually clean my desk mid-project, but then again, I don't usually spend so much time on a single project. Here's the before picture:
And the after. Having an organized work area definitely helps when you're fighting tackmaker's block. No one wants to sit down to a messy desk. Now it's a lot more inviting.
Still, I wasn't really "in the zone." Because of that, I decided not to start final assembly on the Charro saddles. Experience has taught me that it's better to go small and simple when you're struggling with burnout. That way there's less pressure to be too perfect.

Six hours later, I have this to show for my day.
Not too bad considering I could have happily wasted another day reading magazines, baking desserts and playing Bejeweled Blitz!


  1. More MMMMMmmmmm. Looks so good. I'm even dreaming about making one of these myself. I'm sure it wouldn't turn out as nice as yours but it looks a little more my speed than an English saddle.

  2. I applaud you, working through the lack of ambition is something I personally struggle with and *clap* *clap* *clap* That breast collar looks amazing!!

    I love your work :)

  3. Thank you, Jane and Kafen! I try to treat my tackmaking like a business, so no extended downtime just because I don't feel like it. That's hard, sometimes!

    Jane, I think you could totally make a Charro saddle. The actual construction of the leather pieces isn't that complicated. And really, the decoration isn't horribly difficult either. It just takes forever! The biggest challenge has been getting the leather to exactly the right weight. Too thick and I need the pliers to push the needle through, too thin and the leather surface buckles and tears... Both scenarios are frustrating!

  4. That breast collar looks beautiful!!