made this from the tut floating around the blogiverse
started on this project
captured this great memory of my boys playing on their "playground". we do this every tuesday when I wash our slipcovers.
painted with the Twigs
Taking time to create made me feel more accomplished and less hurried. It made me feel, interestingly, more creative. Does creating beget creativity? Why do I wait to be inspired, when obviously inspiration strikes those who are already engaged? I felt calm and more like myself when I took the time to stretch my creative muscles. A few days I snuck in some extra craft time with my boys, and then the other days I worked at the table while Husband finished work up late into the night. It was loud and rowdy creation with the boys. Conversely, it was quiet and cozy creation at night with Husband.
Husband and I, we call that time "parallel solitude time". My BFF in high school and I coined that phrase, because we would want to be quiet but want to still. be. together. (you know how HS girls are!!). Husband and I still carry on that tradition of working side-by-side on separate projects. We find these to be incredibly fruitful times where we feel connected even when working on different things. It is both recharging individually and as a couple.
I feel refreshed, engaged, and ultimately more lively when I've been creative. Actually practicing creativity is now an activity that I crave to make a habit. I know that now is not the time for establishing new habits, as tiny new people have a tendency to demand new habits of their own. However, I do hope and believe I will find more time to actively create rather than passively watch others create.