Confessions of a Home Maker and Creative Addict

by holli on December 13, 2011

I was two when I snuck into my Mom’s room, took her camera into my hands and captured my first photo of her catching me red-handed.

My earliest memories of my Grandma’s house are of the delight I took in sitting on the floor of her sewing nook, collecting scraps of quilt fabric. I’d arrange them and make patterns or pictures on the floor.

Today, as I find myself with only 30 min to make dinner, I rack my brain for a new way to cook Chicken, Zucchini, Carrots and Rice Noodles.

Confession 1: Whenever a creative endeavor presents itself, I take it.

This doesn’t mean I fold the laundry in a new and beautiful way, but I do find other Home Making duties triggering my need to be creative. It thrills me (not quite to jumping with joy), when my 3-year-old asks me to help her draw a picture. She decides the scene, and asks me to draw part of it. My son engages my creative skills when he asks me how to make the color brown with is primary colored markers. It feels like I am pretty smart when I get to show him the color wheel. It’s all part of who I am, a self-described Creative Addict. Now that I’ve recognized that this is part of who I am, life is much more fun.

Creative mess: my work station, the kids paper crafts and yes, a spare sock!

Confession 2: Creating leads to clutter and messes. And failed expectations.

Finding time to let my Creative juices flow means sacrificing some of my self-appointed Home Maker goals and expectations. For example, cutting out paper shapes not only creates a mess, but when you add enthusiastic 3 and 5-year-olds to the table, you get a huge mess. Instead of being worried about the mess, I simply let it pile up until dinner time. I even manage to work within the mess zone. Until my Mess-Tolerance levels is reached. It’s the point at which I begin to feel cranky. Then, I know it’s time to stop being creative and get to cleaning.

Confession 3: I am a better Home Maker when I take time to Create instead of Cleaning.

Even though I have a low mess-stress threshold, I have to admit that when I get some time to create, I feel better overall. That makes me a happier Home Maker, and the benefits are reflected in everything else that I do.

 
And so, there you go, some confessions to share and to remind myself of why I am taking segments of time to create instead of clean. Today, instead of vacuuming the whole house while my daughter is at Preschool, I get to sit in on a live interview with Ramit Sethi of “I Will Teach You to Be Rich” – the money book for a new generation. He’s going to talk specifically about making money as an Artist and Photographer! I’m starting my Photography business from scratch, and this is a delightful opportunity to focus on my creative side.

 

 

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Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty December 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

high-five for creative addictions!

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holli December 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thanks, Kristy Lynn!

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Denise December 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I can very much relate to your confessions. And I also have a low mess tolerance! But, you are right – taking time for creativity makes the creative mom happier!

And off topic… I have those same gear magnets in your photo and is that a blue “Green Toys” tea cup I see? I love green toys! :)

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holli December 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

It’s nice to hear I am not alone:)

Yes, we have the Green Tea Set – and the best part is that I feel safe when the kids want to use them with water unlike the questionable metal set from Target. It’s so fun to see similarities! If you’re ever up in Seattle, we should have a play date:)

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