Getting the Ball Rolling

I believe that everyone has the ability to be artistic or crafty. I’ve had many friends over the years argue that it isn’t true, that they have no talent. I’m not talking about talent. I’m talking about the simple ability to create something that wasn’t there before. Preferrably, something that makes you happy to use, eat or just look at. Or something you can give someone else that they won't throw away. At least not immediately.

I think the real problem has to do with how people define creativity. Have you ever looked into the fridge or pantry and thought “There is absolutely nothing I can make for dinner” but you managed to put something on the table anyway? I’m not saying your Hot Dogs with a Slice of Bread will be on display at your local art gallery anytime soon, but you can’t tell me it didn’t require some creativity. I guess I’m talking about lowering the bar a little. Just because you’re not Martha Stewart doesn’t mean you don’t have something to contribute.

Personally, I think the key is simplicity. Work at your comfort level. If it’s absolutely imperitive to you that everything always turn out right, stick with what you know or at least what you know you can figure out. If you’re ok with the occasional failure or not-so-perfect outcome, branch out. I live in what I know and take vacations in new things.

I'd like to share some of the things that have worked for me in the crafty, home-operating, trying to keep the world spinning in one direction arena. Hopefully, you'll either be inspired by them or learn from my mistakes. Someone should.