Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Give them a clubhouse

Hello.  It's been a long time since I've been here, huh.    But the committee is busy in the clubhouse so they haven't noticed that I'm slacking on my blog.......hee, hee.

My friend Karen reminded me that I never showed pictures of the clubhouse that I made for my committee.  The committee is what I call my inner critics.  They are the internal voices of doubt and fear.  No, I am not referring to a DSM-IV class of mental disorder.    I'm just referring to those parts of me that can get in the way when one is attempting creative dawdling.  I decided I really didn't have just one critic....I really had a committee of them.  Some are loud. Some are quiet.  All of them can get disruptive.   Last October when I was really negotiating with the committee I made them a clubhouse.  I got the idea from Magpie Girl.

 It is a bit hard to photograph the clubhouse......"you won't get a good picture of it so why are you trying"......ahem....(yes, that was the committee talking as I photographed their turf)

The clubhouse is a little 6 inch  by 6 inch by 4 inch place I gave the committee.  That way if they start to bother me I can tell them to go to the clubhouse.  Magpie girl gives her gremlins caramels which keeps them busy chewing instead of talking to her.  This inspired me to give my committee a whole variety of things to keep them busy.  They have a labyrinth to walk and maybe get lost following.  Actually I hope the labyrinth will calm them down and give their brains some balancing.  They have a swing which is very soothing to them.

I gave them a bit of measuring tape because you know how they love to measure me up.....this way they can do that in their clubhouse and practice for when I do ask for their advice.  This is the thing about the critic, it is actually quite helpful but it needs to be given limits.

There are some random buttons and bells and baubles that the committee can play with.  The five minute hourglass timer is a new thing I've given them.  This pleased them.

One of my favorite parts of the clubhouse is jungle print wallpaper.  I'd received some lovely birthday gifts in September and the wrapping paper, too pretty to throw away, floated around in my studio.......until the day I suddenly decided to make the clubhouse.  It is just so perfect for those wild beasts, monsters, and gremlins.......draws them right into it.  They love having an audience.

The clubhouse lives in a little corner shelf of my studio. I try to tell the committee to go for a walk while I work and remind them if they come back early to go hang out in their clubhouse.


  1. Oh Kara--I LOVE this!! It's perfect--and looks like such fun--heck, I want to go visit the clubhouse!!

    I love how you solve problems in a tangible, hands-on way. I imagine that it's so comforting, having a place to send them when they're acting up. And you're so right--they can be useful--so you're not banishing, just keeping them occupied 'til needed.

    I'm so glad you're back here!!

  2. Kara, nice to see you posting again. i love this too. the little timer is too cute. like Karen, i love seeing how you work through problems like this.

  3. Thanks Joy and Karen! It is very useful to have a tangible place to send the committee. I recommend creating one for your gremlins. Of course a less cluttered way would be to use your imagination. That works too but there is something about seeing it in my space that helps me to remember when they all start to whine!

  4. "This pleased them." LOL.

    Fun to find a new post when dropping by to pick up the URL for my address book.

    Love you, sis

  5. im just stopping in to thank you, for your kind words, when i needed them most.

  6. How marvelous ;-)
    I love the creative way you opted to cope with your 'inner critics' and appreciate you sharing with the rest of us.
    Hugs and blessings,

  7. What a fun idea and process! Great imaginative exercise too. I bet you smile when you look at it.