Hello Creative Friends,
WooHoo, its International Creativity Month!
I love the idea of a whole month to dream up some thing from nothing and isn't January a perfect time? If you live in the northern hemisphere, it's wintry cold outside and what better time to drag out an intriguing artsy craftsy project and get busy?
When I was growing up, I lived out in the country with two parents who grew up on a farm. In spring and summer and fall for that matter, there was always something to do outside. Yard work and gardening or maintenence around the place was always on the agenda.
As a kid, I was not enamored with gardening and yard work. (I still don't like it.) When I was old enough, I was the designated tractor driver in the garden. The fun of driving the tractor was soon replaced by the bordom of put-putting up and down the same trek of the garden rows. In the summer the garden had to be hoed and the vegetables processed.
There were berries to pick and peas to shell and corn to cut off the cob and all of it to can or put in the freezer. I felt like it never ended.
When would you ever have the time to make a quilt or do some needlepoint or glue popcicle sticks together to build a fort. It just didn't happen at my house unless it rained.
When it rained outside, you caught a break. And in the blessed winter, the ground was frozen and fallow and you did not venture out except to feed the animals. I still had to catch the school bus and do my homework, but there was no "outdoor" work to catch up on.
I could catch up on creativity. And I could do it guilt free.
I hope the International Creativity Month finds you with time on your hands to do something with your hands. And I hope you get to do it guilt free.