I think we can agree that I need to tidy up. It's pretty obvious (although it's definitely not pretty). but what to do? what to do? Tidying up takes time. If I'm tidying, I'm not making. And i do love to make. Sometimes here they'll tell me to just give my hands a rest. You don't have to be doing something while you watch TV. You could just - watch TV.
But when I think about it, think back to a different sitting room, with another TV, I realise I wasn't brought up to be Not doing. My mum was always making something: quickest knitter in the west, she even worked while sitting on the beach. We used to build sandcastles to the rhythm of the waves and the click of the needles on our new school sweaters.
Is that why I do it? Because that's what I know?
How about a list? We've all got our reasons: how many can you name? Quick, in ten minutes, broadly speaking or in tiny details. Can we get to fifty? What's a favourite thing to make right now and why? If you feel yourself moving towards a new craft, what is it offering you that feels right, right now? Let's help ourselves to a creative weekend and try for
50 Things I Love About Creating
I'll start and I'd love you to add, expand or argue...
- In the past making things meant having something I wouldn't have been able to afford any other way
- Making things connects me to the other women in our family, even the ones I never had the chance to meet
- It's a chance to play with colour and pattern without having to resort to redecorating the whole house
- Making things is more fun than making the dinner (though I get that some of you good cooks are great at creating with food)
- Knitting is calming. So is cross stitch. Creating can soothe BUT
- pushing yourself to the next level can be exhilarating, like reaching the top of a mountain, even if that feeling is hard to explain to non believers.
- Making it yourself lets you have exactly what you want, in a size that fits, in a colour that suits
- And you can personalise presents for friends and family too
- Making things has taught me patience and perseverance. Once, ripping it out and starting again made me want to cry. Now I'm happy to have another go
- Making things can be a distraction, a way to forget
- and also, sometimes, a defence mechanism. Ever knitted in a waiting room? or when you didn't want to talk?
- But making things makes friends, too. I had to go online to share scrapbooking and that's how I met all of you
- Every object I make has a story to tell. It offers a way of remembering what else was going on in life when I was making it
- and maybe a little bit of me hopes it's a way of leaving something behind
- My hobbies give my family a starting point for Christmas present ideas
- which is closely related to the fact that making things means time for me
- and keeps me away from bathroom cleaning
- Being able to create has kept me going through illness in the past. Years ago a doctor told me she thought I was lucky being able to make things because she went to bed every night hoping she would wake up being good at cooking or gardening so she would have something for her retirement. That made me think
- Completing a project - snipping that last thread, gluing down that last alpha - is just as satisfying as -mmm, all sorts of things
- Starting a new project gives me the perfect excuse to look for a book on the subject. Or a magazine. I love a magazine
|A page I made for Scrap365|
How many is that? twenty? What have I left out? Because we've got a way to go yet, to reach 50 Things I Love About Creating....