Visit a craft store – Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip March 30, 2010
Celebrate the final days of March with a visit a craft store in honor of National Craft Month. Is this suggestion a stretch for you, or a welcome invitation? Do you anticipate strolling the aisles in wide-eyed wonder at the possibilities or in agony and overwhelm at not knowing where to begin? Perhaps this trip is just to find out what grabs you attention and sparks your creativity. No special action is required, just make a mental note of it. If you do want to get started, there are some wonderful kits available – maybe you’ll make a card, a journal, a sailboat, paint-by-number picture, necklace, a candle, or a cake. Just try something out to see what the hands-on experience is like.
Remember that old commercial for Life cereal where Mikey tells us to “try it…you’ll like it!” Well, I won’t presume to know if you’ll like crafting or not. I can tell you I like it very much. I’ve tried things that I’m not very good at. My fingers did not want to cooperate when a Swedish friend attempted to teach me how to knit. I had the most misshapen pair of mittens you’ve ever seen. Nevertheless, I gave it a good shot. My paintings will never hang in a museum, but I had so much fun blending and swirling. I learned I could have fun exploring a new skill without mastering it, or even being proficient.
Visit a craft store. You may not only discover a new skill, you may uncover something much more valuable – a new relationship with yourself.