I've decided to designate September as "The Creative Month." Why September? For one thing, I'm participating in the Thirty Days of Nothing challenge, so what better time to turn away from consumption and embrace creation. The other big reason is that I now have a studio! Hooray!!! I can hardly express how excited and grateful I am to have my own little space for crafting.
I want to do a post later on the actual space and the backstory on how I got it, but for now here a few little glimpses.
Now about the creative month--I struggle so much over whether or not what I do is creative. I'm inspired every day by what I read and see on others' blogs. I know that my crafts are not original at all, but I feel creative when I am selecting fabrics and putting prints in combination and deciding what to make and how to use it. If I feel creative and good then I guess it doesn't really matter if what I'm doing is "creative". And ultimately my life is unique--no one else is living it--so maybe in the end it really is an act of creativity.
So, because I didn't get nearly as much sewing done over the summer as might have seemed possible, and because I am really only just now settling into my studio space, I've decided that designating this month as a time for creativity will hopefully spur me along to take studio time and do a little work here and there rather than going on-line in the evenings. I'm not expecting to produce a whole lot (because I work full time of course and time is extremely limited), but hopefully to put just a little extra focus on my creative life and see what happens. (Oh, the studio color? Sweet Rhapsody, totally stolen ("inspired") by Soulemama's beautiful (former) studio space--no, not original there, but I LOVE it).
And just a little action shot of Rainer enjoying the nature table. I love how full and messy it is as we transition from summer into fall and I love that my children are playing and interacting with the bits and bobs from nature (excuse that plastic egg shell--a stray from Easter and for some reason a favorite plaything around here).
Anyone care to join me in making September "The Creative Month"?