Last Friday I opened a dialog about what it means to embrace creativity from the prospective of homemaking and invited anyone who had a thought to drop me a note or leave a comment. I received a couple of very touching emails, one snark-0-gram, some thoughtful questions, plus the various spam offers to increase the size of my "member" ( who actually clicks on those??)
While what I wrote resonated with some it lead someone to wonder if "being a creative homemaker" was yet another pressure that we are taking on at a time when there is so much going on in our lives - that it is an unreasonable goal. I spent a bit of time thinking about this since lets face it, I don't know any of us who are not really busy these days so this seemed like a valid question. (p.s. it was also very nicely written as opposed to the person who said I was little more than a Stepford-rehash- ahem!)
Let's face it, I nor anyone I know can be everything to everybody and in order to take care of others we have to care for ourselves first!.. For me the expression of my creative nature and my desire to create is so strong and so apart of me that to ignore it is a recipe for one grumpy mama! For others it's a part they want to nurture and explore further but thinking about when to learn to sew, or paint or do pottery seems such an impossibility that they feel cut off and shut down before they even get started!
One way I have found time to incorporate my creativity is to make it part and parcel of our lifestyle. Admittedly this can lead to things being a bit messier than is comfortable for some but the rewards tend to out-way the down sides.
An example of incorporating would be the fact that we have decided to only give homemade/personalized gifts to those we cherish and attend their birthday parties and graduations etc.. I wrote back in April about jumping off the BIG BIRTHDAY BANDWAGON and homemade gifts is one of our ways of practicing this with the added benefit of some terrific one-on-one time with my kids while we create special things for the people we love.
This weekend we had not one but two birthday parties so Sam and I spent a couple of good hours making and embroidering together. I will admit to a total bad blogger moment in not getting any shots of the first project but did get my act together for the second project which was this snazzy insulated custom lunch bag for Sam's friend Marcos.
Sam picked out the very cute design from Urban Threads and then attended the embroidery machine, switched the threads and sewed out the design. From there he told me how he wanted it to look, cut out the fabric for me, pinned and fetched me cool drinks and waved me with a palm frond while I sewed :) We were a great team. Both got what we needed- win-win at it's best.
Of course I am no fool and as the mother of 6 I know that when your children are younger that you have to be more creative with your time and talents but naps times, early morning and late nights all present times when the creative muse can be invited to play. I have sewn since my children were small, they sat in my lap at the machine, sat beside me on the floor and played with scraps and went onto sewing their own small things as young as age three. It is possible to find the time if you want it bad enough. The average adult pends 4 hours a day watching TV, maybe that time could be put to better use?
Sharing my creativity with my kids is one of the best gifts I could give them. So no matter the sewing room or the kitchen they are welcome to come learn with me and for those times when I want to create alone, well that is why *I* can stay up late with out asking permission :)