I realised the other day that I have become bogged down with day to day stuff and have sort of forgotten the joy of creating art and craft for the sake of it. Over the Christmas holidays I had the constant company of my youngest who is also very creative, and watching her flip from writing to textile craft to drawing to beading and then restarting the cycle, reminded me of what I am missing. Just the joy of doing something that doesn’t have a defined goal and objective at the end of it. So she and I had a craft afternoon together when the others were out and/or at work and it was such a good soul-food experience that I have decided to make sure I do something creative every day, and on days when I don’t have time I will definitely do something creative! Like my little one (who turned 11 yesterday so isn’t so little), my loves are textiles, drawing, paper craft and writing.
Actually she and I are very similar in lots of ways but as her exposure to some really quite challenging crafts has been a lot earlier than mine, so I am expecting she will be far more accomplished than I was, should she want to be. She is an accomplished seamstress and is a complete whiz on her little sewing machine. And watching her wield scissors and fine needles is something to behold. Just lately she has developed a passion for creative writing, which is helping her no end in her quest to overcome the ravages of Dyslexia (spelling, word formation, reading, etc). Also I have just noticed her craft and sewing box is bigger than mine…hmm, looks like I have competition 😀
So, anyway, as I was saying, a craft a day is my aim, for now at least, until I can get my head back into how much I enjoy it mode again. I started with textile crafts in the holidays but have moved onto my more recently favoured (thanks to university) paper craft.
Above is the little paper dog I made last night. And below is my lil’un on her sewing machine.