ready, set, craft.

Wow. I am so very inspired by this post from marta writes yesterday. It is just what I needed to remind me that there's no time like the present! I'm very good at contriving lame excuses to suppress the creative juices churning within me: "Too messy. No time today. Need to do laundry, clean, and make supper. Need to go shopping for new supplies. No ideas. My ideas are not good enough. I'm very bad at sewing and I always tangle everything when I'm not hemming unsightly seams. My grandma is not here with me to hold my hand and help me graduate from knit-purl. I forgot how to crochet. " Then, I drool over blogs and etsy where crafters everywhere are coming up with the most darling things and I feel sad, inadequate, and left out. Honestly, I haven't actually crafted much at all since last year at Christmastime. The last time I picked up my knitting needles I was making the winter hat above for my dear little Kristen, one of the kiddos I nannied for during college. What I really need is an attitude adjustment. From now until Christmas, I will do one small, thoughtful, creative thing every day. There. I said it. There's no backing out! If I'm ever going to live the crafting dream, if I'm ever going to become proficient with my(Amy's) sewing machine, if I'm ever going to graduate from knit-purl, if I'm ever going to re-learn to crochet, and if I'm ever going to be caught up with scrapbooking, I must begin with a few small, determined steps. Truly, there is a time for everything. We simply must prioritize, recognize that our time and talents are gifts (from God!), and use these gifts wisely and fully as we pursue lives of happiness and contentment. Really, it is selfish to not, and remarkable to do and to share! Sometimes I like to tell myself that there is no purpose to my life, except maybe to serve as a warning to others, and I really have nothing authentic to offer...I heart this passage, because it totally shows that God has instilled unique gifts in all of us and promises to give us the dreams and drive to use these gifts for Him:

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37.3


alyssa said...

I absolutely adore the beanie hats with flowers! I can totally relate to your creative procrastination. There is no time like the present! I can only imagine all of the creative ideas you have! I can't wait to read about your daily creative doses of goodness!

Fairlightday said...

Good for you! I try to do a little something each day too. Now it's true that the laundry doesn't always get folded or the dishes washed right after lunch, but isn't it a small price to pay for living a creative life? Sewing and crafting, making beautiful things feeds the soul and gives you a sense of accomplishment. I completely understand how you feel. :) BTW, I'm glad you enjoyed my Life in the Lowcountry blog. It's been an up and down year since last Sept. and I'm just hanging on for the ride. :) Maybe before long it will all smooth out. Yeah, right. What am I thinking? lol Have a great day Jessica!

Casey said...

wow, a craft everyday!!! If only I could do that, (or can i?) hmmm... looking forward to seeing your crafts. and i love that bible verse, it has always lifted my spirits, and given me comfort. thanks for sharing.