Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Creativity...


Hello my lovelies!

I do hope you are all having a fab week so far....

Yesterday while chatting to one of my lovely customers, I was asked if I 
ever get bored of having to be creative all the time, especially now I 
do TV work?

My reply was simply "No" without even thinking about the reply to which she smiled.


I can't remember a time when I wasn't creative in some way or another either in my fashion sense as I was growing up (not that many people would think I've actually got any now!), my home decor, my garden, through my love of cooking or simply through writing...

I guess I was born with fidgety fingers as my Mum would've said.
I find if I go a day without doing something I miss it....
my fingers itch to get creative and I'm restless to go and explore...

So what is it?
How do you define IT?

What is it about being creative that actually makes me smile?


With so many crafts that I love to do I can't really say it is any one thing really.
I do know I am rubbish at sticking to the rules, following a pattern or reading any guidelines given...

My teachers used to write in my needlework school reports ..... "she needs to follow a pattern and not venture off on her own journey"

I'm sure I was a teachers nightmare really if the truth be told!
I guess I was just a square peg trying to fit into a round hole and failing miserably!

As a teenager, I would spend loads of my spare time drooling over fabrics & trims in our local haberdashery while others were off chasing the latest hunks. 
I would daydream for hours over the many pages of fashion in my weekly magazine wishing I could be designing and sewing...



My happiest times would always be when I could express myself in a creative way with 
paper, paint, fabric, ink and other mediums and the only time I was really happy at school was in Needlework, Art, Cookery & English
Unfortunately back in the days of being a teenager it really wasn't considered cool to be artistic
and get excited about crimplene!
I wonder how many of you felt the same?


These days I am lucky to be able to share my love of creating & designing with a wider audience
who totally get what being creative means and understand a little of how  I tick as a designer...
For me it is so fulfilling being able to share my love of sewing, embroidery, patchwork etc
with others.
I also LOVE being inspired by all the simple things around us that are sometimes so tiny in detail we often miss them as we trundle past on our travels...

...the tips of petals on flowers in the garden
...the swirly scrolls meandering amongst the mass of stone on our traditional architectural buildings
...the glisten of the pond as we walk our dogs

I'm sure you get the picture...
Even at the grand old age of --- I'm a dilly dally daydreamer wandering through life's path in a very 
Bohemian way in my floaty skirts and scarves and yet
I take it all in...
I like to absorb all the wonderful inspiration around me and hopefully share it with everyone through my designs.




So back to my original question of what is IT?
I would have to say IT is what makes you tick as a person when you craft...

It really isn't about being perfect in that particular craft...
I know some teachers out there will disagree but having taught so many children with additional needs it is much more important to have a go and enjoy than to never participate and always wishing you had given things a try...



It isn't about knowing all the facts...

It isn't even producing loads of designs...

IT..... is learning that creativity is simply an extension of ourselves that we can share with others
and knowing deep in our hearts that it is OK to be different from everyone else


If I do nothing else I would like to think I have inspired others to have a go at various crafts & techniques...


I'm hoping to add some simple tutorials, tips and online workshops on my blog eventually
so do please keep popping by to say hello

Enjoy your evening my lovelies...

My embroidery is calling so I will venture off to my comfy chair surrounded in silks
and play for half an hour before the light fades...
I hope you enjoy your evening...
Happy crafting folks!

Tilly
x x x