I typed up a long post the other night but I’ve decided against using it. The gist of it was a general kick up the backside for being so bad at following through with things I say I’m going to do – including updating this blog! I was feeling very ill and grouchy at the time (allergic reaction from hell that had me bedridden for a day and a half!), which may have contributed to a somewhat pessimistic tone, hence why I decided not to publish in the end.
But the essence of the complaint remains, and it’s one I’m resolved to work on. Half the projects I’ve mentioned on this blog end up in the ‘unfinished’ box in my studio, never to be spoken of again. Or they get stuck in the ‘research’ stage, in which I waste countless hours scrolling through ‘inspiration’ on pinterest, and reading about other people’s creations on their blogs, when I could be spending that time creating my own!
A good way to keep motivation up for a personal project is to give it a deadline, such as an event on a set date that my costume needs to be ready for. I’m really jealous of all the costume events that get mentioned on the numerous American blogs I follow, and although there may be less of that here, I’m determined to discover all that there is!
One such event coming up is the Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball. Me and a group of friends already have our tickets, so now all that remains is for me to make myself a costume by May 2nd! I’ve been hankering after something 18th century, inspired by a black gown with a tulle overskirt worn by Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette (2006). Fittingly enough, she wears it to a masquerade party herself. The tulle overskirt isn’t particularly historically accurate, but I have my heart set on it, so I’ll be going for costume, rather than a true depiction this time!