creativity


I spent the better part of this week in company with some new healing creations that I’m tweaking for my Etsy store, which will be re-stocked in a few days. I’m really happy with the healing mists and so far they’ve been well received. Some will still be available at Enchanted Angels but the full line and other beautiful creations will be available from the Etsy store. I love stopping by Etsy and seeing all the wonderful things that people are creating – so innovative and unique. Everyone has their own creative spirit, their own creative blueprint as I like to think about it. No two people will make the same thing in the same way and I think that’s a wonderful thing. It’s like there is room in the world for everyone and their own unique vision or blueprint that will resonate with different people.

Who knew Stargazing, could be so inspiring. It’s funny that I didn’t remember that because as child and teenager I enjoyed looking out my window and the vast blue above. ‘What are you looking at?’ my mother or someone near by would ask. It never felt as if I could have given a definitive answer, so I would reply, ‘Everything and nothing.’ The sky was another world with twinkling friends that smiled back at me and a blue moon that made my heart swell with a feeling I still cannot explain. This childhood love has returned and I’ve taken up this favourite pastime hobby-style learning more about maps and constellations. We planned to go out these last two nights but there was too much cloud cover, so hopefully will have better luck over the weekend. Here’s a picture I took of the moon some months ago:light-moon.jpg 

I really want to get the hang of this photography thing, this one I took one night on the highway, on low speed I think.  

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Eeek! I can’t remember! A sad beginning do you think? Naaah, I’m getting there, in my own little way, I’m getting there. 

I am so delighted to be back at my blog again, but before I go into that let me wish you the happiest of New Years filled with wonderful dreams and hopes and accomplishments. I look back at the past year and some of it seems all fuzzy. I worked so very much and, yes, I admit it: I need to slow down. I think part of being successful is truly understanding yourself as your primary resource and understand your strengths and limitations and respecting your energy. So this year one of my resolutions (made yesterday, actually) is to use my energy more wisely. To do what I truly love, with all my heart and to take away what doesn’t fall into that category. As a healer, it always amazes me (and by amaze I mean in that, ‘I knew that but it’s wonderful to remember it every now and then,’ kinda way) that sometimes, to make something better, to heal something; sometimes we just need to clear. To clarify what we really desire and release what no longer serves us, to take away so that truth can be unearthed. 

So, what’s on your craft agenda this year? Will you be learning a new craft? Building on what you already know? Sharing your creativity with others? I really enjoyed making Christmas gifts over the holidays, especially the aprons. People really love receiving something handmade, I think because it feels as if someone cared so much to take the time to make something – just for you. Thus, I think I’ll be making more handmade gifts this year, working on my photography and reading the wonderful crafting books that I know we’ll be seeing. Hopefully I’ll have a nice book review for you soon.  

Did I tell you about my idea book? I keep clippings from magazines in it, for inspiration. Sometimes I just flip through it for the sheer joy and fun of it and as a beautiful reminder that even the smallest of things begin as just that – a simple idea.

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You know the funny thing about writing is that sometimes you simply just do not know what to write. Sounds a little confusing doesn’t it? But you know what I mean. These last few days I’ve been thinking about the second part or rather book in the Enchanted Series – and coming up a little blank with ideas. It was the same way with the first; I’d sit at my work station (by this I mean my comfy sofa) and stare longingly through my window at the trees outside hoping that they would in turn bring to me that bright little light of inspiration.

Inspiration is like that and anyone who creates, whether written word, art, craft can relate to this. Creativity is a free lively girl dancing from flower to flower in her own garden of beauty – and we, those who bring her light and beauty can only wait…or, take it one word at a time. It sounds droll, but really is a good bit of advice. Sometimes waiting for the inspiration only makes one even more frustrated and thus, even less likely to be created and inspired. If you ask me, those two (Creativity and Inspiration), are best friends,playing sport with our shaky artist nerves. So if one cannot write, take it one word at time- then do something else – like make something!

This weekend, while waiting for the elusive pair, I made myself a pretty bookmark :

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and re-organized the files on my desk, replacing them with these pretty bags and labels:

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Well, in the end it all helped, and inspiration came slowly in. You see that’s the thing about these two – sometimes you just have to allow them to be, to ebb and flow in their own way.