Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I used to be creative

I'm not sure exactly what happened to me. I can only speculate that getting married and having a child had something to do with it. You have less time, or you're tired and you want "me" time so the whole creative process goes out the window.

I have tried to cling to the days gone by where people spent time thinking of and even creating a gift for a loved one. I cherished hand made afghans and home made desserts from the plentiful produce grown in Oregon. I didn't have the patience to learn knitting or crocheting or even sewing really when I was younger, now I wish I could do even one of those things.

I learned to cross stitch by a co worker who practically forced it upon me while we took customer service calls...that was interesting! I was able to make some seriously beautiful things but, can't do it now, even if you paid me because it is really THAT tedious. I have created things here and there for people, some were nice, some were hideous. haha. Thanks to all the people that didn't throw the stuff away in front of me.

Lately I have missed having a creative outlet or even thinking about having one. I have written poetry since I can remember and I haven't had a creative spark, except for one poem, in a couple of years. What happened to the girl that had a creative outlet on a regular basis? I don't want to lose that woman. I don't want to lose myself in the mix of everyday life.

Part of the concepts I've been trying to create for a home based business have been creative. Can I just say that I LOVE etsy.com. Those women are seriously talented and can make just about anything the imagination can make. Their stuff is gorgeous and many items are completely affordable. I love that people haven't let things die like sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. It's stupid but, it always gives me warm fuzzies and a feeling of home thinking about them.

4 comments:

Heather said...

I can knit/crotchet, not as well as I use to though. I find cross stitching to be too time consuming for me. You can't take your eyes off it and the counting drives me batty.

My creative side comes out in spurts. Something will strike me and I will make a ton of baby sweaters or a blanket here and there. Or I can put it on the back burner for a year or two and pick up like I never stopped.

I have read some of your poetry Mel and think you have a fabulous and insightful gift with words. I really don't see you losing that, maybe it will just come to you in spurts now.

AnnD said...

I understand. Why do you think I blog?! Keep it real and keep being creative girl!

Kitty said...

I'm not very creative.I want to be but I'm not.I have recently played with the idea of takign a cake decorating class.As far as sewing and such I just feel I don't know confined or something-to do something tedious lol.I feel for you Mel lol

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

I love Etsy too! I wish I were rich so I could buy one of everything!!

How about photography? All you need is a digital camera. It doesn't cost you any money either. I can recommend some blog photo memes you can join in on. It's fun to show other people what you can do and to see what other people come up with too.