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It’s The Little Things

07 Nov

I’m fairly low maintenance.  I don’t have any (serious) vices other than…say… white chocolate Reese’s cups and caffeinated beverages.

I don’t do drama. No hormone-induced rage.  But… every now and then I need a creative fix.  And by “need” I emphatically mean NEED.

Being creative just for fun is what keeps me going. It’s what keeps my head clear and helps me find my happy place in the face of whatever challenges life deals up.

So recently, my friend Tori introduced me to a little thing called “tablescaping” where you set your dining room table for the season with a creative centerpiece, matching table service, and fun touches that make the table a beautiful focal point of the home.  Apparently there are blogs entirely devoted to tablescaping (like this one which is now bookmarked in my favorites).  Just looking at all the festive tables sparked my own fun fall table ideas… and the process of delving into so many awesome table ideas actually sparked another project where I learned to make these beautiful little pumpkin decorations out of recycle sweaters. (Actually Tori can also accept responsibility for the pumpkin thing, too, because I saw photos of her table and fell in love with the soft little sweater pumpkins she used.)

At the risk of sounding like one of those little quirky artsy types you meet at art fairs (whom I LOVE, by the way) it is truly amazing how alive my heart feels when I have the luxury of delving into a creative project that is just for fun!  I even opened up a little shop on Etsy.com with some the the little Thanksgiving pumpkins I’ve made!  Why?  Not because I have plans of becoming a full-time sweater-pumpkin-maker.  But because it’s fun to make them, and even more fun to make them for people who may not have any interest in creating their own handmade items – especially if it helps support my new hobby!

So often we talk ourselves out of doing the things we love to do because there doesn’t seem to be a logical reason to: _____ (fill in the blank).  Maybe yours is “start a blog” or “take a class” or even “train for a marathon” — but whatever it is, don’t just do it for logic’s sake.  You do it because it feeds a part of you. It brings out something in you that needs to be nurtured and celebrated!

That’s what I learned from the crop of a dozen little sweater pumpkins I made this week.  It’s the little things that keep our hearts in tune with our minds and remind us who we were created to be.  What fun things do you enjoy but feel you need a better reason to do?  Here’s my challenge for you:

“Ask not what you can do for your creative outlet; ask what your creative outlet can do for you.”

I know that quote was very “presidential” sounding.  But don’t be fooled.  I’m no J.F.K.  It’s just that making pumpkins apparently recharges my writing batteries, too!  Go figure.

Oh, I almost forgot!  If you want to check out the few little items I put into my Etsy shop (so far, anyway), here’s the link to my humble little shop called The Sutherland House.

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5 responses to “It’s The Little Things

  1. Lisa

    November 8, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Thanks so much Emily, for such inspiration and encouragment.

     
  2. Riete

    November 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Emily, can I share this on my blog, please? I have some friends who would love to read this (as they are so creative) and who would love to see your pumpkins.
    I’ll await your consent and then will open the post to the general public and post the link here so you can see what I’ve done with it.

     
  3. Emily Sutherland

    November 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Thanks for the comments. As long as there is a link back here… feel free!

     
  4. Riete

    November 8, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Thank you and here’s the link to my blog …
    http://mnijdeken.multiply.com/journal/item/772/A_creative_blog_…_but_not_by_me_

     
  5. Gayletrini

    November 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Now this inspiring! Thanks for sharing…
    I am also in need of a creative fixbut been feeling insecure about it..
    You are right I need to do it because it makes me happy :)

    Have a great day

     

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