I do love getting crafty. I think that creativity is one of the most important ways in which we can rejuvenate ourselves. So many people say, "I'm not creative," when what they really mean is, "I'm afraid that what I create might not be very attractive to others...." But we are all creative by nature, and if we can let go of our expectations of what a creative project should look like, there is wondrous good in a few hours spent cutting and sewing.
Case in point:
I've been looking for some brochure racks for the office for a while now. Our beautiful, reclaimed-wood table in the waiting room that holds the magazines is starting to look a little cluttered, and I wanted to get some of that information displayed on the walls instead, but the clear, plastic, straight-edged options for brochure holders at Office Depot did *not* appeal. Then Deborah found these nifty iron racks at a bargain store. We're not sure what they were supposed to hold (spices?), but we decided they were just the ticket to hold brochures and other patient information. But what to put in the bottom to keep the papers from sliding through? Stained wood stuck on with Gorilla glue? Not very classy. Solder in some metal? Um, that was a bit more of a project than I wanted. Then based on another idea for my sister's upcoming wedding, inspiration struck.
Burlap bottoms it was, whipped in with embroidery floss.
And, you know, it was such a simple project, but it had such a calming effect on me. Just sitting still, cutting and sewing. People ask me how I can be a doctor and have time to do this sort of thing. And the answer (I know you've already guessed, you wise women.) is that I don't have time *not* to do this sort of thing. Creative time keeps me sane and able to focus on the important things when it's time. And the result of this project?
Well, I was happy with it.
So, what works for you? Do you sew? Break out the paintbrushes? Dabble in mixed media or make jewelry or knit?