Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Welcome to my giant refrigerator front! This is where I will share my latest creations, ideas, pictures, tips and literary snippets.
First, a little of my philosophy on Creativity...
We all need creativity in our lives just to balance things out. It doesn't necessarily have to be the obvious crafting sort of creativity that produces something nice but ultimately (or at least frequently) of no practical value. There's a more spiritual side to creativity, as well--it serves as another way to understand ourselves and our world, and to speak to others about those discoveries.
I have heard many people who do not have a "crafty" hobby say they are "not the creative type." However I believe that all people have the seeds of creativity within them--after all, God is a Creator--and as His children we have all inherited a portion of that desire to create, to beautify, to make something that will last and have meaning beyond itself. But that seed does not grow into the same plant for all of us... And thank goodness! We learn from each other because we are different.
Thus I find that creativity is far more than art, far more than music or dance. True creativity runs much deeper, and embraces every aspect of our lives. It helps us to live more richly, to see our blessings more clearly, and also to understand the nature of our own Creator.
Even though it can be tedious and tiresome, I also find that the kitchen table is one of the most creative places in the home! It is where we serve the meals we create day-in-day-out for our families. We nurture an atmosphere of love and learning as we talk, laugh and cry with them. Some have a talent for lovely home decor or tablescapes fit for a home magazine article (I am not one of these!). Some are also fabulous hostesses, like my aunt--or gourmets whose food looks too nice to eat!
The kitchen table is also the functional center of a home where school assignments, grocery ads, letters and--in my case, crafting projects--are spread out in a wonderfully cluttered array. In short, the Kitchen Table is often one place where family and life undergo a constant cycle of creation and re-creation.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a space all one's own to spread out crafting, writing, and other pursuits in a nice organized setup like you see in Better Homes and Gardens? Of course!! Who doesn't dream?!!
But for those of us who are a little more down-to-earth--who work on a budget and with limited space... We learn to get creative about our creative pursuits!
While we know how tedious it gets to find baking flour, glitter or paper scraps (or all three...hmm, sparkly paper mache!) stuck to the bottoms of our dinner dishes--still it's worth the set-up and take-down ten times over. We'll keep creating the meals and memories, keep spreading out the homework projects and the card-making paraphenalia, and then frantically sweeping them off again before dinner... because, really--what better place could one choose as the hub for real family creativity?