One thing I found out recently is that when I allow for other forms of creativity, it sparks a deeper desire or connection in all areas of my life. We have been staying with my mom in Alabama for the past month. We wanted to take this opportunity to not only spent time with her but to do some remodeling in the RV. Out of necessity I started to learn to sew (with a lot of my mom's help).
|Learning to sew.|
Fortunately, I recognized that I was wishing for inspiration rather than actually finding inspiration. For me, the doing is the key to continued creativity which, it seems, can come in many forms. It's a lot like working out and eating healthy...whichever one you start first, the other usually will follow and they will continue to 'feed' off of each other (in a good way). Along the way I gained a different perspective regarding Pinterest...rather than using it as a "If I Were Rich (or skilled or talented or knew how to knit)" wish list I am pinning things that I can use now or in the near future (it was indispensable in coming up with colors and ideas for our RV remodel).
Here are a few creative projects recently completed:
|I found these shutters at a local flea market for $3.55. Loved the size but the artwork was not going to work.|
|After: We separated the shutters and repainted them a coral color and then distressed them for a more rustic look.|
|This is the other shutter with added mason jars attached by copper pipe straps-used to hold an air plant and my pens and pencils. You can also see a small note card from Ellen at Fat Girl Wearing Thin who sells her beautiful art work at EllenBrennemanStudio.|
|I modified one of my favorite t-shirts into a little tank I would wear more often (I'm not a fan of crew necks). I love the Eat More Kale guy!|
|While this is very basic sewing I was glad to be able to re-purpose some old shirts into reusable shopping bags.|
|Found this chair at the thrift store for $5...it was pretty dirty but otherwise sturdy.|
|Here's the same chair after painting it cobalt blue and distressing it to fit the 'rustic' ambiance.|
|Sewing my new produce bags from our old laundry bag.|