For this whole month I’ve been pouring the bulk of my creative energies into the Environment module of my Simplicity Parenting series. With it wrapping up this week I was able to gleefully dive into Halloween costume making and taking on the challenge of manifesting what the kids expressed their inner creature was to be this year.
Introducing Fall Fairy and Little Pumpkin
I found as I was standing at the cutting table and sitting at the machine how much I miss this sort of creative time. The up and down motion of cutting at the cutting table then plunking back down at the machine, the texture of the difference fabric pieces and keeping track of them all and trying pieces on at different stages of construction on eager little bodies spoke to an aspect of myself that has been put on the back burner with the busyness of this particular fall season.
I remember learning how to sew throughout the years and it being a source of frustration and test on patience to my pre-kid self. But since becoming a mom it’s totally the opposite. I get re-energized from my afternoon dates with the my sewing machines and it was so apparent to me this Halloween costume making go round how therapeutic it is for me to tend to this important aspect of my creative nature in this particular way.
There are so many little ways I get to slip in creativity into my day to day.
I love cooking. It centres me and I honestly find it fun; the challenge of working with what we got, tapping into what I’m deeply craving, keeping the offerings seasonal and varied (dang it, we can’t eat pasta everyday).
I love working on my business. Writing the emails, making the videos, setting up the interviews, crafting the worksheets; almost every aspect of launching and executing my ecourses is a labour of love and an opportunity to play with my creative voice.
I get to dress my kids funny. Especially so on Halloween.
But taking that bigger chunk of time to devote to a larger project like making a get up from scratch, or painting a painting , or building a new garden bed, allows for a bigger exhale of my creative self to be released in a big puff of energy.
Sometimes a creative fart is called for.
I always feel better afterwards. It’s almost physical in a ‘whoa ~I really needed that‘ kind of way.
For me, it need not be a huge commitment time wise but it has to be a hardy attempt. Like yoga; finding the edges on what can be realistically done but challenging your comfort levels in a safe, healthy way. And pretending in my head I’m on Project Runway helps too.
And if you feel the need to let a creative one rip might I suggest taking an ecourse?
My lovely friend Nicole is teaming up with her lovely friend Emily to deliver an online felting class and have approached me about offering a space in their course, Felt-a-licous, to one of my beloved readers!
In Nicole’s words:
Felt-a-licious is a fun introduction to felting. The classroom will open on November 2 and stay open till the end of the year. Join us any time and make some great gifts for Christmas and yourself: felt bead necklaces, layered felt flowers, a seamless pouch fo your mobile phone or i-pod and a little scarflette; plus a couple of bonus projects.
To enter the draw leave a comment below with two things: one small way you tend to your creative spirit everyday and how you occasionally treat yourself to a deep, crafty exhale. I’ll draw with a random number generator on Friday at noon PST so be sure to enter before then.
Happy Halloweening (especially to all those tired mamas out there night weaning)!
Winner picked and that is lucky number 18: Congrats to Suyai! I’ll be emailing your contact info sweetie and have fun in the class!