I was thinking about the way I go about working recently, and decided that maybe - instead of my usual "Hmm, what shall I make now" attitude - I should instead make a list of all the things I want to make next, along with the date by which I intend them all to be completed, and try to stick to it.
I don't know why I haven't thought about this before - except for the fact that the mere thought of a deadline usually kills my creativity stone dead.
It would certainly be a more efficient way to do things though, and having a specific plan might quell the tendency to sit around, paralysed with indecision over what to do first.
So naturally, I make a very long list and give myself a very short time to complete it (no sense in being realistic here). I may have to extend my deadline by a couple of weeks.
However, it has had a positive effect - I have done the first two things on the list:
1. Two full-length aprons: one in blue/green, one in red/white.
We have stacks of lovely fabric, but unfortunately nothing appealing in blue/green, so I went for blue/red instead. And both with red satin bias-binding. I think I'm developing a thing for red satin bias-binding - which is unfortunate, because it takes me ages to make.
Anyway, I think I need to change the neckline of that apron pattern - it's not the most flattering - but otherwise they turned out quite well.
Item no.2 on the list:
2. Three 1960s-style half aprons.
Anyway, I'm not going to share the entire list with you, just in case I fail badly at it. However, the next thing on the list is...
3. Six unjointed teddy bears with red wellies.
Watch this space!