I have some pretty creative friends that inspire me to be more so myself. My sister makes homemade hot chocolate kits and note cards for Christmas gifts ( I stole the note card idea one year and made some for her). My best girlfriend makes her own curtains, knits and creates things out of thin air. My b.i.l. is a master craftsman and builds things like forts, bird houses and cradles for his children. One of my most prized possessions is a set of Adirondack chairs that he built for me. Oh, and the puppet theater he built for my kids. Another friend writes music and sings. The list goes on and on. I meet people all the time that are so crafty and I aspire to that as well. But mostly, I get really distracted (short attention span) and ideas get lost. I am adding to my New Year's to do list. Follow through on creativity.
Ideas I want to follow through on this year:
- mosaic tile my front walk
- make book page wreaths (have the books already picked out for destruction)
- learn to crochet and make an afghan ( I really want to make one for each of my kids)
- make a t-shirt quilt out of all my race tees
- write a cookbook for my family (family, pretend you didn't see this!)
I have struggled since about 6th grade to figure out what my "God given talents" are. That parable in the Bible really, really bothers me. I think because I feel so much pressure to find it, I am so scattered in my pursuits. Everyone else seems to be able to find theirs. Why can't I? I try everything that comes my way that I find interesting. But I rarely finish anything, wondering if the next thing will be where my talent lies.
With a little reflection and some maturing, I have come to think that it means, whatever you do, do well (and maybe finish it). I also think God gives us these imaginations and skills in order to allow us to find peace. Some draw, some create beautiful works of poetry, some make curtains.