It was a crafty sort of week in the Meredith casa, filled even with a crafty party for some lady friends. First, the craft party: my friends Jeannie and Claudia paired up with me to offer a little $10 “entrance fee” + go home with three crafts sort of time. And we had a BLAST! Here Jeannie, the cook extra-ordinnaire, together with a few of the women, “crafted” up some pumpkin butter:
Jeannie’s one of those people who just kind of looks at food and somehow imagines it into yummy existence. Great job, Jeannie!
Claudia-friend is an extreme lover of all things Halloween, so she then gathered supplies for the spook-tacular old school ghosts of yesteryear. Here’s a James-ghost and a Cara-ghost:
We’re pretty friendly, though, you know.
Finally, I was in charge of the fall wreath – and I tell you, burlap has never seen such love as it did on Saturday eve! Following the burlap ruffle wreath tutorial from Jones Design Company, it was fun seeing the variations in end product. I’ve got some talented and creative friends! (My own wreath seemed to mimic the tutorial’s more than anyone else’s – I need to branch out, let’s be honest).
Finally, I also finally finished three random craft-tastic things this past weekend:
A window frame serving tray, complete with fitting U2 lyrics:
Needless to say, I am in LOVE with how it turned out. Want to see what tutorial I followed? Click here.
A vintage suitcase turned table! Simply put, I stained and added legs to the bottom of a suitcase we already had, also known as this idea. It’s currently sitting at the bottom of the stairs to hold all the random paperwork of said-husband-who-shall-remain-nameless before it gets filed away. So I made him a deal (let’s be honest: there was a not a “we” in this equation): when the suitcase gets full, he then needs to file it away! Until then, our staircase is not cluttered with papers – yippee!
I read earlier this week – and I’m cara-phrasing this, mind you – that in order to be fully alive, we have to tap into our creativity. I know for me, it’s so easy to be blinded by technology, and so much so, that I find myself dead in it by the end of the day. In that way, recently I’ve been practicing NOT being on Facebook or Pinterest or playing words with friends or checking email, in an effort to put that time to good, creative use. For me, I’ve realized that actually CREATING makes me come alive, and produces something more than a random comment to a “friend” I met one time that I haven’t seen in 10 years.
So, what’s your creative outlet, and are you tapping into it? Is it writing, or music, or the DIY scene? Would you agree that we have to tap into our creative sides in order to be fully alive, or is that just one author’s biased point of view?0