Creativity Rules!

11 Dec

My son and his girlfriend have an agreement that gift giving means including a personal, handmade gift. I absolutely LOVE this idea! In my humble opinion, there is no better way to say, “you are worthy of my time” then by spending your precious time making a gift for that person!

Recently my son asked me to teach him how to use the sewing machine to sew a simple but comfy blanket. Last year he made a photo album with personal, hand written notes of shared memories! My son’s girlfriend is a master brownie baker, and also has made him a no-sew blanket and even painted a pretty sunset on canvass for him! The idea here is that more of us should do something creative when giving a gift, for that personal touch! It’s not about whether you think you have talent, it’s about finding creativity within yourself, and sharing it with others!

I know, most of us do not have a whole heck of a lot of free time these days but that makes a handmade gift all the more special! I have found that when I make time to read blogs about sewing, cooking or even cute and simple crafts, I am motivated and inspired to create something and then….give it away! I sometimes make multiples and keep one for myself too!

Look, I certainly would not classify myself as the naturally creative type, (nope, that would be my sister actually!) but I am the curious type and I enjoy the challenge of learning new techniques and creating new things with my own two hands. I love reading about other people’s creative concoctions and I always insert my spin on an idea, whether I actually make something from it or not! I mean, what better way to kick-start a creative idea then by blending a bit of other people’s creativity with your own – and then trying to physically build the idea into a thing!…like a blanket, a craft of some sort, or even a new dinner recipe!

Whatever you do, don’t let the project intimidate you! After all, YOU picked the project so you’re the boss! You call the shots and you get to decide if want to follow the instructions or if you want to meander off into unknown territory and try something new! You don’t even have to gift your creations if you don’t want to. 🙂 Keep it and display it, and be proud of your efforts!

Bottom line; there are techniques for sewing, photography, and cooking but there are NO RULES!

BE CREATIVE and release your inner talent! You just might be pleasantly surprised at what you are capable of making and better yet, you may make someone’s day brighter by sharing your creation!

Here’s to being Sew Giddy about sharing our creativity with the ones we love!!


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