It is fairly obvious that I love crafts and that I love using my creativity to make things. I mean, all the craft tutorials should be a big clue! But it is not the only way that I live a creative life. In fact, I find it hard not to make little creative decisions and choices throughout my everyday life. A lot of people might say they are just not creative, but I would say that in fact everybody is, and that we are just misunderstanding what creativity truly is.
If you are looking a gift for someone creative, I have just the post for you! My Creative Gift Guide has lots of creative present ideas, including books, kits and experiences.
I remember the excitement of getting new toys, art kits and books as presents when I was a kid. You know, fun stuff that you actually interact with. Then as you get older, gifts start to become, well, a bit boring. Not that there’s anything wrong with a bottle of wine or boxes of chocolates, but sometimes, I would like something a bit more inventive. Something that lasts beyond New Years. So here are some gifts that are perfect for your creatively minded family and friends!
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When people ask why I go to Blogtacular each year, the one reason I always give is that I love the intense burst of positivity. There is something about having so many creative people in one place, all cheering each other on, all rooting for each other to succeed and helping one another out, that is almost dizzying. Something magical happens when so many creatives converge for the sole purpose of being inspired and learning, and Blogtacular is the best example of this that I have experienced.
Following on from my post about getting your creative mojo back, I felt it was natural to follow up with a post on how I go about my creative process. This is how I was taught at art college, with some slight modifications I’ve learnt along the way! This is a very simplified method, with practical steps to help you when you want to create something, but have no idea what to do. Its not designed to create a masterpiece, but to get you started – I just wanted to share a simple creative process that can be used no matter what type of art, craft or creativity you use. This is as much about trying to get myself back into a creative practice as it is anything else; yes I make jewellery and craft tutorials, but I often find it hard to create something just for me. So grab your sketchbook or even just a scrap of paper and lets getting making stuff! Read more
You want to do something creative, to make, craft or design, but you just don’t know where to start. Maybe you have a specific project that seems so daunting that you never even start. Or maybe you have just lost your creative mojo and don’t know how to get back into the the swing of making anything! Read more
Words like ‘tribe’ and ‘squad’ used to conjure up images of Taylor Swift parading about in a catsuit. That was until I found my own creative tribe. Last year I went to Blogtacular and I realised I had found my people! It was liberating to find myself in among 300+ other (mainly) women who just seemed to be on the same wavelength as me. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I have just been again this year. Read more
Last week, one of my 10 year old cats, Martin, had to be put to sleep after suddenly collapsing. This might not seem like a major life event for some of you, but it was for me. After sharing my life with this odd little soul for 10 years it was devastating for him to no longer be a part of it, especially when it happened so abruptly. Read more
I can’t not be creative, its such a large part of who I am that choosing to study fine art at university seemed the obvious option for me. But I understand that being creative doesn’t come as naturally to everybody. And that is partly why I blog, not just as a place to document my creativity, but to share it with others. I want to encourage, to nurture peoples creativity, especially when they don’t believe they have any in the first place. I hear so many people say that they aren’t creative. And that makes me a bit sad, because for me, creating is vitally important to my quality of life and I feel people are missing out. To create is life affirming, it gives your imagination somewhere to go and distracts you from the mundane of everyday life. I truly believe that everybody is creative. Yes, being creative is something you can get better at it, learn more about, will suit some crafts more than others, but I believe the creativity is always there somewhere. Read more