I started this blog several years ago after some pretty tough times turned everything in my world gray. I felt like I was living in one of those old black and white movies I love so much. Getting lost in their dark plot lines and pithy dialog was always entertaining, however existing in a reality without color, was not.
Then one day, I came into my kitchen and noticed a vase of beautiful red tulips smiling at me from the kitchen table. Gosh, they were pretty. I had been buying them each week at the grocery store for months, but for some reason that morning, they were extra red and I really saw them and what a difference they made in my day.
And on my psyche.
No, none of my problems had suddenly disappeared, but my attitude changed almost immediately and snapped me back to life. I remembered how much I loved my home, crafts and decorating. I thought about how much joy I had derived from those activities and how much I missed those simple pleasures. They may not have been important in the grand scheme of things, but they were the activities that fed my soul.
Somehow, in all the madness of those crazy years, I had let that fact get away from me.
The tulips reawakened me that morning and I decided right then and there to find something of beauty in each and every day in my surroundings.
A blooming flower.
A neatly made bed.
Something festive for my front door.
A holiday banner.
And I decided to share it with you.
I figured I could show people how to feather their nests for next to nothing even if they had never crafted before, spread some smiles and keep myself honest and accountable on my quest for beauty in the everyday.
So far, so good.
Nothing I do is difficult, it's all perfect for beginners and those on a budget. The glue gun is my best friend and when I say that anyone can "do this"... I truly mean that anyone can "do this"(insert your favorite craft here).
I never use power tools (with the exception of a sewing machine ~ and I do that poorly, trust me!) and most of my creations have been derived from the kindergarten crafts I used to do with my students a million years ago.
So seriously. Anybody.
I constantly have people tell me that they have no artistic ability whatsoever and they could never make my crafts.
Insert my grimace face here.
I don't like to hear that.
Perhaps it is the kindergarten teacher in me, but I firmly believe that everyone has some artistic ability.
I started to write about it in my last post on pumpkin painting, and it's been bothering me for awhile, so allow me to elaborate.
Ok. So maybe you can't paint like DaVinci or sew clothes or build a something from an old pallet or refinish a chair.
Guess what? Neither can I. Nor do I want to do anything of those things.
That's not my passion, so I don't even try.
I am a lazy crafter. I make things, because I am too cheap to buy them or I can't find what I really want.
Seriously. I don't even have a craft room.
I am such a product oriented creator. The faster I can get the job done, the happier I am....and that's ok. Life is too short to do things you don't want to do in your free time.
But don't want to and can't are two different things altogether.
Case in point: Sewing.
I have people tell me all the time that they can't sew.
Kindergarteners sew. Up down, up down. It really is that easy. The machine is even easier. If you can drive a car, you can sew on a machine. Just push down on the pedal and stay in your lane.
Can't paint? Uh-huh.
You know kindergarteners do that, too.
Of course, I'm being a little sarcastic here, but not to make fun.
To make a point.
You see it's really just a matter of trial and error...but only if you want it.
I want a wooden sign, but I don't want to hand letter. I stink at it, so I cheat by getting the guy at Home Depot to cut my board, then I paint it without sanding or priming and slap a sticker or some wooden letters on it.
|Easy Farmhouse Sign|
I make it work, because it's my passion.
And it may not be yours, I totally get it and support that, not everyone wants to craft, but it makes me crazy when I hear my friends tell me that they have no artistic ability whatsoever.
You see, I don't think being artistic has anything to do with sewing or painting or crafting at all. I think that definition of art is just way, way too narrow.
So you can't make a curtain or whip up a seasonal wreath.
Can you cook? Do you bake? Do you garden? Do you arrange little vignettes in your living room? Do you paint your own nails without getting the polish on your cuticles? Is your hair and make up always on point? Do you design websites? Do your shoes match your bag? Do you set a fabulous table? Can you carve a jack-o-lantern? Do you arrange grocery store flowers for your table? Do you throw a great party? Do you wrap gifts with ribbons and bows? Do you groom pets? Do you scrapbook? Do you knit, crochet or quilt? Do you take pictures? Do you write or sing? Can you dance? Do you decorate your home for the holidays?
Well, every single one of those activities is an art form in and of itself.
Every single one.
And that makes you an artist and a person who possesses a great deal of artistic ability.
Suddenly a few painted puzzle pieces glued together don't seem so impressive anymore.
|Puzzle Piece Love Banner|
Just don't tell the kindergarteners that.
Now it's your turn. Let me know what your artistic talent is...I can't wait to find out!
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