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Creative Confidence

Are you a creative person? I consider myself to be a creative person, I lack confidence though and I have severe creative ADD.

I enjoy painting and I go through spurts of painting where I do nothing but paint for two weeks and then I put it away for six months and don’t even think about painting. Occasionally when I paint something I’ll take a picture of it and post it on social media somewhere and say “look, I painted a thing… ta da”! It’s similar to a four year old in the way they take their crayons and make a picture and go show their parents. I’m searching for some type of validation that I’m any good at it so I can put it out there for the universe to see. However, it doesn’t matter how many positive things are said to me, I don’t feel like it’s good enough and I put it all away in a closet (a literal closet, I’m not trying to be deep, ha!).

Saved from the closet, hung on the Youba office wall.

Validation and the opinion of others isn’t really what art is so none of these things should actually be weighing on me. People have asked to buy paintings from me or for me to paint something specific for them and I won’t do it; I don’t think I’m good enough. I have no problem making and selling rice bags or other things I’ve sewn. Painting or drawing or writing is straight from my brain and out of my fingers and there is something so personal about that. If someone didn’t embrace a painting or a drawing, it would feel like they’re not embracing me. So, dear Creatives, my question for you is this: how do you put yourself out there? Are you naturally a confident person? Are you naturally confident in your skills?

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Crafter Foul

I am not a morning person.  I don’t make many words with my mouth too early in the day.  I need coffee to get the bare minimum of my responsibilities out of the way and then I can participate in life.  I started this morning with my coffee and I was perusing a crafting group on Facebook that I belong to.  As is common place for this group, a woman was asking for some suggestions on making a shirt for her husband for Valentine’s Day.  She said her husband is very patriotic and he also likes the current president, so she was thinking of making a Valentine’s Day shirt that had something to do with one or both of those ideas.  People LOST THEIR MINDS.  They unloaded all kinds of hateful words onto this woman and onto each other.  I do my best to avoid internet chaos.  I have enough “real life” trouble, I don’t need to borrow from others’, but I was gaping jaw, sucked into the comments on that feed.

The meanness was unreal.  Crafting is my happy place and I know that it is for many others as well, especially the people in that group.  One of the reasons I like the group so much is because it’s incredibly diverse and when there’s so much diversity there’s a buffet of creative ideas.  It’s a special place.  Those comments left me feeling like a herd of toddlers had ransacked my craft room.  “Put down the scissors and get in time out”!

I like to read and watch things that are uplifting and inspiring.  There’s enough bitterness and cynicism out there.  Crafting is a safe place.  It can be free of politics and agendas; it’s a way to escape or release the stress of this world.

Leave the safe spaces safe; there’s plenty of other places to vent your frustrations about our country’s current situation.  When you have the privilege of being in a place (real or virtual) that brings people together, don’t pollute it with meanness!  Protect it.  We all have our beliefs that we hold near and dear.  Today’s society is more polarized than it has been in a long time, perhaps more so than I’ve ever seen.  But even though our political and religious beliefs will differ, we do have an obligation to be respectful and loving to others–even when we disagree with them.  Crafting is fun and it is a way for us to express ourselves.  But it is also a way to connect with people who do hold different beliefs and convictions and it can be a way to bridge that gap.  So play nice.

Valentines for Mom & Dad

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If your littles are like mine, they love to give you presents.  Drawings, Lego structures, dandelion bouquets, macaroni art, bells bent into a flower shape and everything else in between, my boys have given it all to me.  I love each and every gift from their sweet hearts.

I was checking out Pinterest for some cute (and easy) Valentine gifts for my boys to make for the various grown ups in their life.  These projects could be great one on one time with your kiddos or do them as a family!    I think sometimes as adults, we forget how fun it can be to sit and do a kid craft.  They come together quickly and the end result is always adorable in its charming imperfect way!

I settled on the idea of fingerprint crafts and Pinterest delivered!  I like fingerprint crafts because they’re personal and a sweet keepsake from your little one.  Check out this super cute craft from The Mad House and be sure to search for “Valentine thumbprint crafts” on Pinterest.

How to make a family fingerprint relief heart art canvas

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Crafting on the Winter Struggle Bus!

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Did you know that approximately half a million Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?!  Just like the acronym says, seasonal affective disorder causes a major case of sadness and the “blahs” for a lot of us.  Did you know that crafting and creating can help you with your SAD?  Making something, whether it be knitting, crocheting, paper crafting, sewing, cooking, drawing, painting, or whatever else tickles your crafting fancy, occupies your mind and keeps your little hands busy.  It distracts us from the gray misery that’s outside our window.

So go!  Get on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration!  Crank up some happy music and craft your way through the winter blues.  Spring is in approximately 50 days; you’ve got this!