Archives - December 2011

Sock Puppet Choir-Bohemian Rhapsody

A very Merry Christmas to all!

We hope you enjoy this year’s card. Cause we sure had fun making it! A mash up of Bohemian Rhapsody tributes*, music styles and aspiring Sock Stars.

A special shout out to inspiration from Freddie Mercury for the tune. The only song to have reached the “UK Christmas Number 1” twice.

The original, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, was considered too long to ever be a hit. Now it’s a timeless classic. And an inspiration to us for breaking conventions through artistic expression and craft.

Note: No socks were actually hurt in the making of the card. However, a few were lost in the wash.

*thanks and credit to:
Rockabye Baby
Richard Cheese
Hayseed Dixie
Mario Rosenstock
Jesi and the Jesi’s
The Braids

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Does Time Pressure= Creativity?

While time is a four-letter word. Creativity is not. Some are convinced that time pressure stimulates creativity. Others believe it stifles. For these creatives, the answer is entertaining and inspiring:

Makes me want to get my crayons out… and creates a strange craving for paste!

Harvard Business School article says there’s some sort of a time pressure “sweet spot”. Too much pressure, lowers creativity. Too little pressure, lowers creativity. According to the “Ivy Leaguers” things that help to get the balance right are:

Spend focussed time
Limit distractions
Work with a purpose
Fight the status quo
Avoid harsh criticism
Set goals

Makes sense. But I suppose I’d add “take a trip to the Boxer beer fridge” to the list!

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