Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Process

Everything we do, involves a process, a list of steps, an orderly way to progress. Doll making like everything else has it's own routine.  

When I began this journey, I really did not have a certain doll in mind, my dream doll. I was focused more on the steps involved... that continues to be my focus.



 I began by pinning to a pinterest board "Waldorf Dolls"....the more photos pinned, the more I realized they were "Waldorf Inspired Dolls" even naming a pinterest board is a process.
 Then came the notebook:


I wish I had used a beautiful journal to fill with ideas, but on that day I grabbed a composition book and began to take notes. There are many videos to watch online, so I watched them...many times. Pausing the video to jot down an idea or note a tool being used. Obsessed is a fitting descriptive word.

In reflection a new hobby, was always learned for a goal or finished product...needlepoint from wanting to make a needlepoint belt, learning 
to crochet meant a Granny Square afghan, an admired stained glass window had me purchasing glass and soldering equipment. 


 In each of those examples, I was focused on the final project. I did learn to needlepoint, crochet and to cut glass with ease.
But, I really did not focus on the process of learning each
new skill.

Jillayne mentioned a James Clear quote in a recent blog post:
"it's not the things we learn nor the dreams we envision that determine our results, but rather the habits we practice each day".


That quote brings to mind the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team and their Coach John Calipari...the team has been top rated since the beginning of the season. Lots of talk about being undefeated, being the champions....and all along Coach Cal has said their focus is on practice and being better...each being the best player they can be.



After Jillayne mentioned James Clear, I signed up for his newsletter.  In yesterday's newsletter he makes the statement:

"it's not the things we learn nor the dreams we envision that determine our results, but rather the habits we practice each day".


From this statement, I am taking this thought.....practice, enjoy the process of learning, strive to be a bit better.  Do things a little different each day, learn from your mistakes and be happy for the experience.




Love to all,

Deb


 GO CATS!!!!

17 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Wonderful quotes - and enjoying seeing the progression of your dolls. Maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to have a granddaughter so I can make dolls again.

deanna7trees said...

i admire that you focus on one skill at a time. my problem is i try to do them all at once. the dolls are so sweet and it looks like you are learning well.

Vicki Boster said...

Oh Deb-- I can't begin to imagine the process and planning that is going into this creation. She is going to be beautiful-- I'm already in love with her little dress that I see on your table. I think you have found a new passion....

Merlesworld said...

Doll making is fun mine is more like doll repairing as i've never made a full one.
Merle.........

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Wonderful post,dear Deb. Love your dolls. Have a great day.
Hugs,
Marie

Theresa said...

Precious dolly! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

DeeDee said...

Right on... the end result is a product of the process.... Love all you do... hugs

Dorthe said...

They are so lovely both, dear Deb, and your thoughts over creating, learning, trying ,over and over again, are the eternal truth- things approve, and we becomes, if not masters, then more clever, than when we started!! I know from my own dollmaking .
Hugs from Dorthe

Carla Fiedler said...

Great post, Deb! Thanks for the inspiration, and have loads of fun making the dolls!

Createology said...

This idea of practicing the steps of learning and not focusing on getting to the final result is a lesson we all should be taught very early on in life. I know I would have enjoyed so much more of the actual process in my pursuits of handcrafts. Your dolls will be just as loving and giving and beautiful as you are dear for you are creating them with your heart and soul...

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

It's funny that I read this post today. I have been pouring over embroidery books looking for stitches I want to learn. After completing a row of a newly learned stitch, I began to think about the process I used to learn it and it all became so simple.

You are so right. Document your process and tweak it as you learn the tricks and tips to perfect it.

Great Post...very cute dolls too.
xx, Carol

Jillayne said...

So cool - I love your little dolls - they are so charming, so soulful...
And yes, it's the practice, the putting in the time that makes such a difference. The best ideas come to me when i am doing something, in the process - maybe not actively working on the thing, but when there is a "thing" on the go. Lovely post Deb!

desertskyquilts said...

Great post, and how true. We are not the product, we are who develops as we make the product. Your dolls are going to be so cute!

Sheryl S. said...

Interesting post, you are always doing something interesting.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...
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Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Your dolls are looking gorgeous and it won't be long before you'll be showing us your finished creations.
The quotes are encouraging!

Congratulations Deb - you taught yourself to crochet! I've tried to do the same by way of Youtube and books - but I just don't "get it"! I think I must be kack handed!
A shame I don't live near you ha ha!
Shane

Beedeebabee said...

What an inspiring post, Deb. I love your precious little dollies...The one with the brown hair just stole my heart straight away! Can't wait to see them all finished up. Have a fun week learning, enjoying and creating! xoxo

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