Posted on January 30, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Some days my creative personality plays hide and seek and insists on playing games with me. It hides somewhere deep inside and taunts me to seek it out. Each time I come within reach, it jumps and hides again. It can be a challenge and I could easily give up … but the urge is strong. I look to discover something unique and inspiring.
I find that when creativity eludes me the best approach to coming up with an idea is to step back and re-focus my direction. Instead of trying to work on something for someone else or find reason for what “they” would like, I turn the tables and ask myself what “I” would like. Once I am drawn to those things that excite me, the creativity spark is ignited.
How do I want it to look or what do I want it to do. It may not turn out to be a masterpiece, but a perfect masterpiece should not be a concern.
Recently I started an “Idea Book” which is simply a 3 ring binder where I keep ideas. Quotes, magazine pictures, websites to visit or sticky notes with a topic to write about. Reading past posts or papers I have written helps stir up additional ideas about subjects I want to write more about or discover something new about.
Drawing up an outline of ideas is a thought that may work well with the current Post a Day Challenge. I have successfully written each day in January but that is a mere dent in the challenge … for there are 11 more months to go! I could look at this as a dreaded task or better yet develop an outline of ideas that I want to learn more about. If I am accomplishing something and working in a direction of some type of goal, I am sure my creative personality will still egg me on at times with the game of hide and seek, but it will be great fun when I win and say “You’re It!”
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Posted on December 7, 2009 by therunninggarlic
I was in the fabric store last week checking sales and looking for inspiration. I realized how colors really do inspire and make a huge difference … in many ways! While looking at different fabrics I found myself saying no, that color won’t do; I need warmer hues … where IS that magic color?? I was waiting for the roll of fabric to just jump out and say … here I am! I decided to actually “look” at each fabric and make a decision. This was time-consuming, but very important. In the past I have picked up fabric, brought it home and there it sat (and still sits). It doesn’t inspire or excite me.
Having just the right colors will influence how you feel about what you are creating. Your colors can be strong and bold or warm and calm or a combination of other sorts. The impact that color has on you is what matters and how we choose many if not all the items in our lives. We want the colors that make us happy, confident, motivated (all those good feelings) to surround us. Most people have a favorite color and are drawn to that same color all the time. Lately, I have been drawn to warm, country colors that invite the feeling of well-being and goodness. I want to surround myself with all these happy, warm colors!!
While in the store I came across this new product I have never seen before and was immediately intrigued. The product is called Aqua Gems and they seem pretty cool and amazing! They start out very tiny -
They come in several colors and I wanted one that would Inspire Me! so I picked Hot Pink Topaz. How they work is you simply add 4 cups of water and they become hydrated – check this out …
How cool is that?!?!? It took about 5 hours – directions say 4-6 hrs. They are non-toxic, completely biodegradable and environmentally safe. Uses = cut flowers, soil substitute for growing plants, candle accents and plant safe fragrances can be added which sounds totally awesome! I took a few cuttings from a vining plant I have that I know will root up real good and will see what happens. What a marvelous invention and inspiring to boot!
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