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The Creative Life


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What brings you joy? Fulfillment? A sense of well being? A feeling of satisfaction?

For me – it is the simple act of creating.

Creativity comes from deep within ourselves and has roots in our dreams, desires, the way we see ourselves in the world, our connection to others.

Do you write? Or quilt? Or paint? Or make music? Do you love to plant a garden? Or arrange flowers? Or decorate your favorite room?

All of these things are creative pursuits. They feed our souls. Bring us happiness. Make our worlds more beautiful.

Today, I committed to a year of creativity. I bought a sturdy book from the art store, some colorful pens, and a glue stick and started a creative journal. A place to jot down ideas, ruminate about color and design, and capture my creative thoughts. I started with a collage – photos and words ripped from magazines, randomly pulling out images that I liked or were inspired by…and then seeing what they told me about color and shape, mood and design sense.

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I learned I love the warm colors – the reds and oranges and bold colors that are vibrant.

I learned that whimsy and courage and positivity draw me in.

I found I liked curves and flower shapes, that modern retro delighted me.

How about you? Do you understand your creative roots?

quilting happinessI found inspiration for my journal in a book I recently purchased: Quilting Happiness by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland. There are wonderful quilt projects in this book, but what I love the most about it, are the creative exercise towards self-expression. I’ll be talking more about this book in 2014, you can be sure! Until then – I hope you find time today to do something creative, to feed your soul, to bring more beauty into the world.


6 Comments

  1. December 31, 2013    

    Fun! I do Project Life, but I am so behind I am not sure if I will be able to catch up. :( It’s sad! That was my creativity…

  2. December 31, 2013    

    I find I always have to be creative in some way, or a part of me is simply not alive. Over the years this has shifted, from what used to be tons of drawing and painting, into experimenting with cooking, growing plants, and now- assembling an aquarium! I used to write in my journal a lot, that was creative too. And then there’s always the little projects, like all the bookmarks I once made. I like this idea of keeping a scrapbook of what you find attractive- I wonder what it would teach me about myself.

  3. Lu's Gravatar Lu
    December 31, 2013    

    I love this! I love the idea of just starting with a blank page without a plan for it and seeing where it takes you and what you learn from it as you go.

  4. December 31, 2013    

    I just started quilting a few months ago (and I actually want to thank YOU with giving me that push I needed)! I had no one to teach me, but after seeing all of your gorgeous creations, I decided to suck it up and just YouTube how to make a basic block quilt. I’m getting better at it and am starting to get more ambitious. Even though I know I’m going to get bogged down by work and school in the coming months, I definitely want to keep up the creative momentum in 2014. It just feels GOOD, ya know? :)

  5. Laura's Gravatar Laura
    January 1, 2014    

    I love this, Wendy! As you know I took up knitting about two years ago and have experienced a similar raft of mistakes and discoveries. I love the way a design emerges slowly, row by row. My latest fascination is knitting cables (like on a sweater), and the infinite variety of designs you can create using that technique.

    I look forward to following your creative endeavors this year!

  6. January 1, 2014    

    I feel so inspired by your creative pursuits especially the quilting, and I am very tempted to give it a try. The thing is I’ve never quilted before. Do you recommend any resources/links for quilting newbies?

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