Because of a stupid and not very encouraging comment from my third grade art teacher, I put off most artistic activities for close to two decades. It was probably not meant as I understood it and anyway, I should definitely not had taken it so personally and let it influence me that much.
In the last few years I have re-discovered my former love of the creative and have, among other things, started to sew again. It is fun but to do and great to look for new things to do and try out, to see how I slowly improve.
Sometimes it turns out really nice and sometimes it was a creation for the wastebasket. Either way, I learn something new with every try.
I have found that being creative opens the mind to so many new things, ideas and subjects and that there are (almost) no limits really to what we can do.
Creativity, though, is not only relevant to arts. It can be applied to anything that we do. As I deal a lot with money, I see that also here, creativity can have a huge impact:
When we cook a three course dinner here at home and sit down together to enjoy it for half the price of that same restaurant dinner.
When we make up afternoon activities using things we already have at home instead of paying for them.
When we explore the surrounding paths and fields without turning on the ignition or even bring a wallet.
This here is one of such examples, where I made a gift for a dear friend, printing fabric using a toilet roll and sewing her a bag with it. Not just for the sake of the cost, but also for the fun of it and because that I think that there is something special about things that are sustainable, personal and fun!