We touched before on the importance of nurturing your creative side. Although I haven’t mentioned it much since then, I have been practicing what I preach. This weekend was full of art and crafts, but in a way I made it social and even found a way to give back. Yes, a part of the process was just for me, but why not include others in the process too?
Saturday I woke up and headed out the door to my quilting class. Recently my grandma came across a great deal on sewing machine, and in more easy payments than I’d like to think about, it will be 100% all mine. Since I’m used to using a machine where I didn’t do much more than forward or backward movement, I needed a class to know how to use the advanced functions.
I won’t bore you with all the details, but I learned every stitch and button on the machine. Overall it took about 4 hours. The things I loved most were learning how to make a button hole (and attaching a button), darning a sock, and how to change feet on a machine. Important because I now have a quarter inch foot which will make quilting a bazillion times easier.
While at the shop I saw a sign for Project Linus. Back in high school we were required to do a certain number of volunteer hours in order to graduate. The students called it “forced volunteerism”. Since we were the only class where it was required, apparently others saw it this way too. Anyway. One of the options for volunteer hours was to make a blanket for Project Linus. We were taught a very basic crochet or knitting stitch and sent along our merry way. This was great for me because I could do it on my own time (hello work plus 10 extra curricular activities) and I learned a new skill. Once I completed my task I didn’t think about the organization for another 12 years.
Seeing the sign this weekend I was so happy it was still around! When I got home I immediately went to Google and found our local chapter and donation site. I also found out if there were any special requests. Sometimes sources need a certain size or type of blanket more than others. As long as I make it at least 36 x 45 inches and don’t use any scented cleaners I’m in the clear. I headed to Jo-Ann Fabric and picked up new crochet hooks and two HUGE skeins of yarn. Should be enough to make 2 blankets.
Mom and I paused while shopping to admire their creative department specific “holiday dresses”.
Sunday I headed off to my first BYOB painting experience. Since it was 1 in the afternoon my “B” was water instead of wine. And it stayed water the entire time. Honestly, I was a little nervous about the experience. Would I make an ugly picture? Would people laugh? Would it be quite and serious?
Corky Creations was the name of the place giving the party at a host’s house. For $15 (since there were more than 9 of us, otherwise it is $20) we were provided with EVERYTHING we needed. Canvas, paint, brushes, ETC. The host even had snacks and drinks if you wanted. We looked around at previous projects
and upcoming features.
I decided I really need to make the classic looking snowman next month.
At the start of class we all made a toast and repeated key phrases. Basically “I will not say mine sucks” “I will have fun” “I will not say ‘I effed it up'”. Once we were all laughing, and the hot chocolate and cookies were flowing, we cranked up the Christmas tunes and got to work. Our project was to create a Christmas Tree in the woods.
We started with the moon, then the sky, then the tree, the snow, and finally decorating the tree.
I snapped pictures at each part of the process, not to be able to share later, but because I was convinced each next step would be the one where I “messed up”.
Amazingly I was beyond exciting when we finished and I really, really liked my painting. I liked it so much I now can’t wait to do the next class!
I’m going to find a spot in my place perfect for various crafts and as my collection grows I can change it out seasonally.
How did you spend the weekend? Do you remember to keep up with your creative side? Do you use your creative side to be social or give back to others?