I believe we were all meant to be creative in some way. If you don’t think of yourself as creative, maybe you’re thinking of “creative” with too narrow a definition. I haven’t always thought of myself as creative either, and there are some ways that I’m definitely not.
I say all the time I’m not the one you want to decorate for a party, because I mostly choose practicality and comfort over beauty and I simply don’t see the point of going to a lot of trouble. Anybody with me? I’m just not frou-frou in that way. But I have friends that are so good at that, so I ask for their help in this area.
YOU are designed to be creative, you just have to find your niche.
There are so many different ways that creativity could be expressed and sometimes it takes us a while to find what we like. When I have time to pursue it, I enjoy being creative in a variety of ways. If you aren’t sure yet what you like, just get to trying some stuff.
Everything I do is as inexpensively as possible. If you’ve been reading my blog just a minute, you probably already know that about me. You already know I love gardening and repurposing home decor in new ways. Although I’ve been very focused on de-cluttering and paring down, before getting rid of an item I always evaluate if it could be reused in a new way or beautified with a little DIY.
I hope that in showing you the ways I fulfill that inner need for creativity and creating beauty for my home, it will stir up in you some ideas of ways you can do the same in your own life.
I had this ugly candle holder…
Y’all, don’t judge me for having owned this ugly thing in its original state. It was ugly. I picked it up years ago at a thrift store and knew it had hidden beauty. I didn’t like it gold, but I wasn’t sure at the time what it needed. I used it gold, then I added the little bit of green (sometimes the first time is a fail, keep tryin’) and then stuck it in a closet for a very long time and forgot about it.
I saw it in the closet. I had the idea to paint it in a way that I’ve been loving for a while now and then put some dried flowers in the candle holder instead of a candle. Well, I ended up changing my mind about that, but I share that with you on purpose, so you can see that sometimes a project keeps evolving.
I already had the paint and wax on hand from a previous project and absolutely love this combination. I got these at either Wal-Mart or Michael’s, I think it was Michael’s. They are just your ordinary acrylic paints. Until recently, I had never used a wax over acrylic paint, but I love the effect. The wax is sold right in the same display with the acrylic paints.
After covering the gold with the Warm White I applied the brown wax with a rag. Instruction on the wax say to use a lint free rag. I didn’t have a problem with lint, but I just used an old rag I had saved for cleaning that I knew it didn’t have any chemicals on it. I quickly wiped the brown wax off, leaving just a little color. You can see that there isn’t the exact same amount of brown all over, that was on purpose. I then applied a coat of the clear wax. Even with the 2 coats of wax (one brown, one clear) it doesn’t have a truly shiny appearance, which is just what I wanted. It’s not perfectly flat/matte but also not shiny = perfection to me.
I love the candle holder as an addition to the mantle. The candle on top of it – it used to be in a jar and our cat, Bad Buddy knocked it off and broke it. I saved the candle and now it has a new home.
I posted here about the plants growing in the water pitcher and bottles. The “Family Gathers Here” was a gift from my son this past Christmas. The “be thankful” was a half price find at Hobby Lobby. Years ago, the mantle itself was a project. It was originally a natural wood color. It didn’t contrast enough against the dark brick to suit me. It looks a little more yellow here, but it is a shade of ivory with a yellow undertone and I used the same type of antiquing to add some dark shading.
Even a little bowl and some dead flowers can add beauty.
Dead flowers, dried flowers, are they kinda the same thing? Well I decided to use some flowers from a vase that had died/uh dried.
Jordan (my oldest) had given these mini carnations in a vase to Jessie at her pageant recently. When they died I thought they were too pretty to throw them away. Initially, I planned to put them atop the candle holder, but it turns out they weren’t quite right there. I just snipped the blooms off and put them in this little white bowl.
I love the pretty detail on this little white bowl so I had to show it up close. I found this little pretty at Tuesday Morning on clearance. Less than $2, maybe $1. I had seen little bowls of this type used to corral small items on a desk (paper clips etc.) and bought 2 of them. I knew at least one would be used on my desk. It could also be used for bobby pins, etc in a bathroom or rings/jewelry in a kitchen. I bought 2 knowing they could and would be used all over my house at different times.
That first time I painted something at ceramics:
Our Down syndrome group, FRIENDS, had a mom’s night out recently where I got to try painting ceramics for the first time. We went to You Never Know Ceramics. If your project will come in contact with food you use glaze paints, and it needs to have 3 coats. If your project won’t be used for food you can paint it just once and they will seal it before you leave and can take it home with you. There is a variety of items to choose from starting as low as $5.
The cost for this good-sized platter was $20, including all needed supplies. They had books with ideas and patterns you could use. I traced this daisy pattern onto the platter using carbon paper (they provided everything) and then painted it and left it to be fired for a second time.
It was such a relaxing time just visiting with the other mamas as we all painted our projects. There are imperfections, you can see where some of the black got smeared a little, but I’m still proud of it and can’t wait to use my platter for the first time. I love daisies and will probably add some other pieces that can be used together. I look forward to going back with moms again and also want to take Jessie with me sometime.
Okay, so you’ve seen my creative projects. What can YOU do that will lower your stress level and add a little beauty to your home? Got something ugly (like my sad candle holder) that needs a little beautifying?
Whether you know you’re creative or think you aren’t, I hope you’ll find just the thing. In every season of life, and parenting, what we have time for and can afford is different, but there is always at least a little something we can do.
If you have a friend that might be inspired by this post, it won’t hurt my feelings if you share <3
Till next week friends,