Creativity = Sanity

Life can get a little crazy, endless time spent behind your computer, working, thinking bills, rent, moving, shopping, organising, chores etc.  Yet life/ soul/ spirit I fully believe also needs some time to play, this isn’t something reserved for kids – as adults we think of play or downtime as just running on the treadmill or plonking down in front of the TV, maybe even take a walk on the wild-side and head out to the pub or restaurant.  Creativity, play and ‘letting your imagination run loose’ rarely if ever makes it on to one’s agenda or to do list.

Eucalyptus Leaf print

Eucalyptus Leaf print

Yet it’s so healing, it’s freeing and incredibly satisfying. This last week I’ve spent hours working on everything so I took yesterday off to just play.  I finished the top I’d been sewing and a crochet hat. I went foraging for leaves to do some eco-dying on silk – which turned out brilliantly, while foraging I took the camera out and took some photo of the amazing Eucalyptus flowers that I’d been meaning to get on film for over a week. The leaves and plants inspire me, and hence I also used some of them to dye my apron.   I finished the new label for my body oil, and made a new batch that was just for me (yes, I have the luxury of having an extra large jar just for me :)), and I made a lovely detoxing; Comfrey, Burdock, St. Johns Wort infusion to drink over the next week.  Am doing the 30 day real food challenge, going into week 3, and could do with some extra tonic support.

Leaves with inkodye

Leaves with inkodye

So at the end of extremely relaxed, chilled day, I have a new top, a gift for a friend’s child, a apron, some captured moments on film, so lovely eco-dyed silk which I am going to make into t-shirts/ tops, some luxurious body oil, and a detoxifying elixir.

I can’t recommend enough making some time in your life to just play, have fun, let your imagination run wild, spend some quality time in nature – be creative, and your life will be all the more richer for it.

And in the words of Robin Rose Bennett;

“It is within your power to make your life more magical. Let yourself think magically. Symbolically. Metaphorically. Loosen up and let the boundaries between mundane and magical living become thinner. Invite yourself to see like an artist, to think like a poet’.

If your interested in trying any of the above check out:
Eco-Dying: I recommend India Flint and her book Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing, which is incredibly inspiring, she has fabulous workshops worldwide. Check out her blog here.

Inkodye: Sun Dying ink

Infusion & Healing Herbs, recommend Robin Rose Bennett’s book The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life , I made my own blend, however she has endlessly yummy useful recipes and detailed explanation in her book.

Top: One-Piece Wearables: 25 Chic Garments and Accessories to Sew from Single Pattern Pieces (Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls) , has some great – easy to make patterns from just one piece of fabric.

30 Day real food Challenge. Highly recommend this, it’s the second time I am doing it, and so love the recipes, the food, and how I am feeling even after the first and second weeks. The benefit is the boosted health, energy and loss of any excessive fat.

Creative Healing: How and why Creativity is good for your health:

flower_purseI’ve been reading two great books lately ( The Artist’s Way and Healing with the Arts: A 12-Week Program to Heal Yourself and Your Community) both of which I would highly recommend, and have recently sat in on a talk about how we feed our soul/ spirit. This all got me thinking, as about oh so many things, and a lot of questions come up from within and the instance within and around me.  And so I ask you to ask yourself as I asked myself:

  • When was the last time you were blissfully happy? Content even…
  • When was the last time your soul, that inner youness felt truly recognize and nourished?
  • When was the last time you made something, and were content and proud of?
  • Do you allow yourself time to connecttoyouryouness? Creativity? Soul? Spirit
    • If yes, how and through whom did you learn this

Interesting questions and  not something we normally learn to consider early on in life, at school, as part of our education, upbringing.  No time is dedicated or booked in for this in our busy everyday lives, and yet it is so healing, nourishing and satisfying, we need to wonder how these basics can have been left out in the greater scheme of things.  Even while so many studies have shown how healing and beneficial it can be for a person (something when you consciously think about it you can also for yourself). Do keep in mind that creativity comes in many forms, it can be as simple as problem solving, painting, writing, singing, making music, the list is endless, even come up with mathematical algorithms (Many mathematical minds tell me they aren’t creative, would you say Einstein wasn’t creative?? (Please, he was so creative).  And if and when you are being creative how do you feel? Time stops…. Literally stops, its a great feeling.

I’ve only recently discovered creating/crafting, and people often as what I make and I don’t like to limit myself, I love to go into my little studio look around me and just come up with endless ideas, just grab a few pieces and start working, and it’s like cooking something new, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t – it’s not about the results, its about establishing a deeper connection with that inner you, it’s about letting that inner you out, giving it a voice with which to express itself in a myriad of ways – and it’s about just being not even about the end result.  I love tinkering away – time and place melt away and I couldn’t feel more connected to who I am, what I am about and the totality of life itself.

That’s why I create, and continue to create, I invite you to give it a go, and let me know how it feels, let that inner you express itself in something other than words or the limitations you set it…..