Tuesday, August 05, 2008

How do you create?

I have been reading a lot of blogs lately reminding me of the importance of taking the time to provide myself with a creative outlet. I was starting to think that I had let all my creative hobbies slide. I haven't made jewelry since high school. I can't remember the last time I scrapbooked. I have an unfinished buffet in my dining room. I haven't sewed since junior high. I used to work with clay and create gifts for holidays, birthdays, etc. All of these things create messes I currently don't have the energy to deal with. I still occasionally make cards. Then last night I had an epiphany.

I was making Cheesy Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches with some modifications due to what food I had on hand versus what the recipe called for. I realized that this was my creative outlet. It had never occurred to me that my cooking or baking was my creative outlet because I don't create the recipes. There are some amazing foodie bloggers out there that do this very well. I, however, can modify with the best of them to create something especially for the two/three of us. J When I am cooking or baking a lot, I do not get the urge to create because it is being fulfilled. Out of necessity, I will be cooking more at home over the next few months and will have to be more creative and less exotic than I have been. I am looking forward to it.

What do you do to satisfy your creative urges? I really do believe we all have them in some way, shape or form. I think it is part of being made in the Image of the Creator. Share your creativity with me. Think about it if you have to—I did. It may not be obvious to you because I think we too often compare ourselves to those around us. I don't create like other people and you might not either. Praise the Lord for our uniqueness!


  1. Thats funny that you just now have figured that out about yourself...dad and I saw that in you a very long time ago!! Ditto praising God for creating us all so differently.Good post to get one to thinking...mmmmm

  2. I like to bake, too, and occasionally I get to scrapbook. I also like to make greeting cards and send them, so much fun for me! I think blogging is kind of a creative outlet, too. :)

  3. I think my issue is that I love to create too much :) I love to scrapbook, sew clothing for the kids, make any new crafty idea that strikes my fancy. But my ultimate outlet is quilting (you probably know this already). I love the whole process from designing my own patterns, picking out the fabric and seeing the end result. Although I would rather pay someone to quilt all the layers together it is too expensive! I need to get more confident with this step so I can do it myself instead of having a bunch of quilt tops folded up in the closet!

    You amaze me with some of the recipes you make! Keep creating, girl!!!