My husband hit the nail on the head in July "Why don't you do a longer project, one you can work on a bit at a time and create a bigger result?". I realised that I'd been trying quick fixes, so no wonder they weren't satisfying my creative needs!
I ventured into Castle Donington, to scour the craft kits in The Two Birds Gallery. The Corinne Lapierre sewing kits looked just demanding enough, with a useful end product. I settled on a kit to sew three felt peacocks, and also popped to some other local shops and come home with a plum liqueur too. Whoops...
Times where I might have been blank in front of the TV, anxiously mulling over business, or fruitlessly rattling around my studio, I was instead sewing away. Each decorated feather was a little achievement, each full peacock a real sense of accomplishment. If you've ever returned to an old skill, or pushed out and tried something new, you'll know there's a delight in finding you can still do that lapsed hobby, or when you finally nail the new technique.
If you do feel the benefits of slow and steady progress on a creative project, I'd love to hear what you do in the comments below. I've already picked up two little wooden sewing kits from Under the Rowan Trees as my next project, so more ideas are welcome!