Monday, June 7, 2010

The Best Laid Plans can be Better When They are Laid Aside

Last Friday, I convinced myself that I just needed a "bear break" for a week or two to refresh myself.  I had absolutely no inspiration to start a new bear, work on a bear, think about a bear, or even look at my stash of mohair.  Instead, I planned on making a needle-felted little doll with thread-jointed limbs. 

I saw my doll as a very young girl with dark brown hair, small features, a short blue outfit, and a blue bow in her hair.  And at the end of Friday evening, this little doll's body and head looked very much as I envisioned--although she lacked all of her limbs.  I went to bed planning on starting her limbs the next morning and wondering how close to being finished she would be by the end of the weekend.  BUT. . . plans change.

For unknown reasons, I woke up and guess what?  I had visions of a brand new bear pattern floating in my head.  How exactly does the brain work?  I went straight to work.  Pencil flying--bits of paper and eraser crumbs everywhere. 

Now as I write this, I have a completed pattern (actually two completed patterns), faux fur pieces all cut out with reinforced and trimmed edges, AND a sewn bear head.  Not quite my plan for these past three days, but good progress all the same.  Hmmmmm . . . I wonder if this will be my bear?



  1. Ohhh I love that when it happens Cheryl, it's so exciting to see it all come together.
    Can't wait to see your results...if your last few are anything to go by, they will be wonderful!
    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Bearly Sane

  2. You never can tell what each day will bring, but i do hope the little doll doesn't get abandoned.

  3. You told yourself you didn't 'have to'. You relaxed and your creativity came to life. That's my thought, anyway. Sometimes we just need to let things be, let things evolve on their own. It's serendipity!
    Enjoy, my friend! ♥

  4. Sandi--Yes, it is SO exciting when that happens!

    Winnibriggs--Don't worry, the little doll stares at me every day from the bookshelf asking to be finished.

    Laura--You are SO right! I didn't even think of it that way. I gave myself permission to do what I wanted. How wise you are!

    Heather--I can't wait to see the bear and the doll finished either!

    Thank you all for your insightful and thoughtful comments. You guys are wonderful!

    Heaps of Hugs,

  5. I can imagine the fur flying and your creativity flowing!
    Those are when masterpieces are made!!
    It is always refreshing to step away and gain a new perspective... I know your new bears will be spectacular!
    Wishing you wonderful~

  6. Hee hee, looking forward to meeting both bears and doll when completed. I keep coming up with new ideas, I think my head is going to spin round any day now!

  7. I thought it was just me that hated to create when I had to, not because I wanted to. :-)
    x x x

  8. Inspiration is a gossamer thing! But I've found in my love of writing -- which may in fact require less intelligence than bear-making -- that it does come, when it's ready, and usually in blissful abundance. God bless you in your new bear creations, Cheryl! I'm certain they'll be extra-cherishable.


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