My New Year’s Resolution Is To Be More Creative In 2016

I woke up this morning thinking about all the ways that I have spent my time through the years being creative. I think it popped into my head because of Christmas. In the past, I loved thinking of ideas of ways to make inexpensive, but cute, Christmas ornaments with my son’s picture on them for family members. When my son was very young, I remember making gingerbread ornaments, and those were probably my favorites. I found a recipe, made them and then decorated them with sprinkles and his photo and then preserved them with Mod Podge glue, which was like a best friend to me, and they stayed nice for several years later after packing them up with the other other Christmas decorations. That was fun!

Some of my hobbies have included crocheting and knitting (thanks to the lessons from my grandma when I was still in grade school), sewing, baking, cross-stitching (had a lot of fun making this above), decoupaging, working with polymer clay, scrapbooking, painting and more. I have always loved antiques and items that have been loved by others and then tossed aside. I have found so much pleasure in going to auctions where I have purchased antiques for my home, hunting down finds at yard sales, and I even grabbed something from the garbage dump that was in perfect condition, but was being thrown away. Ok, so that last one, I will not recommend to anyone. The person on duty at the facility gave me a stern warning that I could not take anything ever again – YIKES! Ooops!!! 🙂

My husband and I have lived in and built many homes, and decorating was ALWAYS a joy of mine. Searching through magazines, picking out paint colors, figuring out what theme the project would be, have really added many enjoyable hours of entertainment for me. One of the projects that has always stuck out in my mind was a table that I found at a garage sale and my husband and I cleaned it up and
found really old comic books that we copied off and used to decorate the top of the table. The decoupaged table was used in a cabin that we had built in the Smoky Mountains as a game table. Our cabin was a great getaway for our family, and we rented it to others who visited the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. The table turned out AMAZING!!! We later sold that cabin, along with the furniture. I kinda wish I had kept that table though!

We get so caught up in the daily routines like doing the dishes, paying bills, caring for our family, feeding our pets, reading the latest news and more, that it seems a nice time for my mind to focus on something fun and productive. A little escape from the “real world” maybe. I have spent 5 years working on my blogs, and that is a great form of creativity for me. Thinking of article ideas, taking pictures (which I LOVE to do) and video, and figuring out how to word things that will appeal to others is really interesting, but there is still a need for me to do other kinds of craftiness that I have seemed to have gotten away from since I have stayed so busy with my writing.

What this all means to me is that I need to get back to some of these other forms of creativity. I have missed some of them, and look forward to searching out new things to do as well. So, in the new year, I am going to try and find some fun projects to do. I think this is a realistic New Year’s resolution, along with exercise and eating healthy, which are always at the top of the list. It will also be a plus, as it will go hand-in-hand with my website, and I will be able to share them with you. Maybe you will be able to find some enjoyment out of being creative too. I can’t wait to get started!

Happy Holidays and New Year to all of you!! 🙂

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