Last year during my play-week, my intent was really to play, to make stuff. Then I found myself running out to get things, or wishing I had ordered custom fabric in advance -- so that I had it in my hands to play with. (Instead I spent part of the week creating the custom fabric -- fun, but then when the fabric came in, I had to wait awhile before I had a chunk of time to make something with it.)
This year it's a little of both. I've created a few new designs on Spoonflower, which I'll be telling you more about in my next newsletter. I carved out time here and there in January to make them, I ordered them last week, and I'm hoping they'll be here by the end of next week so I can play with them. I'm also noodling on yet another Spoonflower project, so I can enjoy the front-end of the process during this time too, even if I have to wait to put it together.
Of course, it's a fine line between being preparing and procrastinating. Writing lists, stocking up on Good & Plenty (which is what I meant when I said "have the right food"), and getting your supplies in order are all great ways to stoke your fire -- but only if they add to your creative energy. What do you do to get ready to be creative? Clean your studio? Buy new colored pencils? Jump in?