Creativity is the "ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. The term generally refers to a richness of ideas and originality of thinking. Psychological studies of highly creative people have shown that many have a strong interest in apparent disorder, contradiction, and imbalance, which seem to be perceived as challenges..." [source]Realizing that creativity comes differently to different people, I'm embracing my unique creative style! And having been tagged to participate in the creative blog hop by the ever-talented and creative Donna who knits and spins and inspires me with her lovely handwork... here goes!
1. What have been the doings/makings/scribbling's at your desk/making table this week? My desk? Lot's of QBs invoicing, balancing my checkbook, and bill paying. Not so much fun, and not so creative, but necessary and I love it when the "stack" is all neatly checked off and filed away. Here in Washington we vote by mail; Tuesday was "election day" so we dutifully filled in our ballots that morning and dropped them off in person. I loved that the ladies tending the ballot box at City Hall were both knitting! :) I miss the days of actually going to the polls and casting my vote...but I digress. Scribblings include writing a postcard as well as an overdue letter, packaging an Etsy order for shipping, and planning a baby shower for a dear friend (her 9th -- she's 44 and amazing).
Artistic doings and makings this week include the feverish knitting of several pumpkin beanies to do a final check of my pattern notes before sending the final version off to KPs (so thankful for test knitters!). I've discovered that I love making up my own knitting designs and have recently begun selling them. It amazes and delights me to see pictures taken of the creations made by others who've used one of my patterns! :) I've got several patterns that should be available within the next week, Lord willing -- stay tuned! One of my favorite things about knitting is that it can be done just about anywhere. My favorite spot at the moment is in this little corner of our front room in the bay window:
Sitting-at-the-river knitting (another favorite crafting location!) has been washcloths using this pattern, and I've started a special project I can't share until next week after the baby shower.
My primary *making table* has been the island in my kitchen -- a Mexican feast on Friday night, sausage gravy biscuits and scrambled eggs for Saturday morning brunch, and freshly dug potatoes sauteed in coconut oil with green salad and grilled steaks for Saturday's dinner -- we had family here all last weekend, and food was an integral part of our fellowship as it should be. Lots of dishes to do, but that's ok. The Pyrex is new to my kitchen -- a garage sale find that I think is going to bring a homey feel to my kitchen. :)
2. Where are you currently finding your inspiration? Inspiration comes primarily from the people I love and upcoming events such as a baby shower, birthdays, Charlotte (!), Christmas, etc. Ginny's weekly Yarn Along is a great source of inspiration as is Ravelry and Pinterest, although I don't spend very much time on Pinterest any more as it's too easy to get lost there. The ladies who share over at Ginny's are an amazing bunch who I appreciate and admire -- so much talent! Blog reading is another source; there are so, so many creative ladies out there sharing their gifts and inspiring the rest of us.
Of course, I am always inspired every single time I look out my window. I am blessed to live in the most beautiful setting surrounded by towering Douglas Firs, the rolling foothills of the Cascades, and bubbling, winding mountain rivers and streams. The colors, textures, and quiet truly refresh my soul and clear my mind of the urgent allowing creative ideas to flow. :)
3. How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance? I have to admit that being organized is my bent; being creative, as I wrote earlier, hasn't always been so important to me, or at least so I thought. That we are made in the image of our Creator God, the fact is that we cannot help but create! We create because He created. It's taken me a long time to see myself as "creative" since I compared myself to others, including my own daughters, from whom creativity oozes effortlessly. But I've embraced the notion that creativity looks different on each person, including me, so, indeed, being creative is a necessary part of my life. And thankfully, I've learned and accepted that creativity isn't limited to artsy pursuits. :)
Balance is easy as my children are older; I'm not yet an empty-nester, although the day is coming... I knit while the kids or Dan reads aloud, and I knit while listening to books on tape or during lectures (when I suppose I should be taking notes). The primary stumbling block I face is that we live on acreage that demands time -- time that I love giving which you know if you've been on this journey with us very long. :) The other is that we own and operate a home/family-based electrical contracting business that requires more of my time than I'd like, but I'm not complaining since I love that we're building something together as a family.
Thanks so much, Donna! Now it's my turn to tag two creative ladies, so Jessica and Maria - you're up! I sure do hope you'll join in. :)
**Update -- I was sad to see that Maria is closing her blog...will miss her!
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