Recently I had the opportunity to sell my sock animals to Purcell Mountain Lodge. It's a backcountry wilderness retreat lodge accessible only by helicopter or a 14 km hike. They wanted some handmade items to include in their lodge for tourists to take home as a souvenir. I was thrilled! But they wanted bears, specifically because there is a grizzly bear who calls it her home, and is featured in everyone's photos of their trip.
So we picked out some bears and I found myself looting through my stock saying, "not this one" or "this one is kinda weird" or finding something wrong with most of my stock. I filled the order with good, sturdy, well made and super cute bears. They all had lodge-type sweaters on and looked like they belonged in a mountain top gift shop. I was pleased and so were they.
But I took some time this week while I was in my house with a cold to rummage through my big bin of sock animals and make the tough decision: keep or throw away! I threw away two boxes of them. Once I stopped thinking about all the time that I had put into them, and just started throwing, it got easy.
I repaired a few, unstuffed (shown in photo above) about 25 sock animals and now have less but ones that I'm confident to sell. It feels good.
I learned from my husband who is an artist, that sometimes you just have to paint over a painting that is not working and start again. So occasionally, I come downstairs to his studio and there are three or four paintings laying on the work table (aka ping pong table) covered in white gesso paint ready to become something new.
Got any projects laying around that you need to throw away? At the reuse center in Edmonton, there is a bin called "Started projects" and there is usually a half finished knitted hat or a collage that someone abandoned or a patched blanket that has been thrown away. Maybe that's the kick start someone else needs to start it.
Throw it away, my creative friends! Start fresh! Let your skills develop and grow and change and be willing to toss the old to make room for the new! Cheers!