Creativity

Halloween cards

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Enjoy these Halloween cards for your inspiration!

.  Haunted House
  Spooky tree

 

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Creativity

Creativity is sharing

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Each one of us is a gift that is shared with others. Our smile, our compassion, our gifts of friendship and love are shared with families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, our community, our state, and our world. Your craft, no matter what it is, is shared also.

I have a friend who learned how to crochet. She joined a ministry to make blankets for cancer patients. Another creates greeting cards for veterans in VA hospitals. When I was younger, I used to teach in after-school programs in my area.

We all share our gifts and by continually learning new skills, and practicing them we not only conquer the inner critic and jump over the creative blocks we find ourselves in, but we emerge from the dungeon of fear and self-criticism and fly towards our creative potential.

I hope that this series of posts over the last year have helped you unlock the creative blocks you’ve faced and with your new set of keys you will become the creative person you were meant to be.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Creativity

Creativity and thankfulness

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Creativity is about being thankful. During this month, we all think of the people in our lives who guide us on our life journey. In a similar fashion, we focus on thanking our mentors those who have helped us on our creative journey.

Remember back in January when we looked at the blank canvas and the demons (inner critics) came out? All the people who stood by you and offered sound advice and had healthy criticism were the ones who mentored your creative pursuits. Take a moment to thank them. In your journal, be sure to note how you feel now about creativity. You’ve come so far and though you still have a long way to go, your efforts have not been wasted. You’re wiser now. You are on the verge of creating something great!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Creativity and exercise

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When I say ‘exercise’ do you cringe? Now, I’m not talking about push-ups. I’m talking about everyday, in every way creating something.

Do you have a creative space? Do you listen to music while crafting? Do you work alone? Do you create early in the morning or in the middle of the night?

DO YOU CRAFT EVERYDAY?

     Creating every day does not always entail your putting markers on paper or painting a picture. The habit of creating every day, whatever form it takes can be addictive and believe it or not, you can miss it if you stop.

     My last job before I retired had a 2 hour commute one way. In order to create every day I had to get up at 4 am. Some mornings all I did was die-cut one image. Some mornings I collected all the elements for the card I was making. My finished product sometimes took a week to complete. When I woke up late and didn’t craft I really felt that something was missing!

     If you flip through craft magazines or read a book about painting on the bus or train are you crafting? Yes!

     If you doodle your design on a notepad at work while waiting for a customer or client to get answers to your call or email are you crafting? Yes!

     If you color with your grandchildren or bake a casserole are you crafting? Yes!

     Open your mind to seeing the world with new eyes. If you can’t actually craft until later, help the “inspiration” along by new steps, learning new techniques and practicing new exercise routines.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie