Tuesday, October 30, 2012

life gets in the way

Don't you feel like you don't have enough time to be creative? Life always seems to get in the way. I've wanted to make a fall wreath for our porch and caramel apples for a month now, but haven't gotten around to it. A couple of weeks ago I guest posted at pve design about how I (try to) stay creative, and I realized I haven't been taking my own advice... I'm ready for that to change.

1. Unplug. Every single day.
In the busyness of life, its easy to feel guilty for turning off your cell phone. "what if someone needs me?" But I've found that when I stay constantly connected to my Ical and to-do lists, I can't be creative. We have 'no tv' nights where we just listen to pandora and sit on our porch and talk.

2. Walk it out

Besides the fresh air and sunshine being good for you, notice what you are drawn to and document it. Photograph your point of view, try the new bar down the street, play with texture. I constantly find myself picking up rocks and leaves, and what I'm drawn to shows me what I'm craving more of.

3. Bed Time

Some of my best ideas and projects have come to me when I get in bed before I'm tired. Just let your mind race.

4. Work with your Hands

This was huge for me when I was in college for architecture and we were constantly expected to be developing different designs and ideas. Some days I would have NO inspiration and no idea what I wanted to do. So I would come into studio and just start working with different materials with my hands, shaping and seeing what forms would come. You'll be surprised how much you can create without trying to.

5. Something new

I always find something new, no matter how little, refreshes my creativity. As simple as a  new notebook or pen, fresh flowers or a gold paperweight on my desk sparks my interest.

6. Wine.

enough said. 

7. Others

This blogging world is pretty special and I'm constantly inspired by the creativity of my 'bloggy' friends. Whenever I'm stuck in a rut, I stalk my favorite designer or blogger, look through pinterest. Don't let it overwhelm you, get excited for those who just went for it and get inspired.

What do you do to stay creative? Maybe I can get around to the wreath this weekend...



  1. unplug and get OUT there. I need to do that more. I've been feeling so uncreative lately and I know it's because my life has been blah lately too. My creativity mimics my mood!

    I think I just need an alone day. One morning to wake up on my own and take a walk down to starbucks and drink it at the art museum by our house and then come home and look on pinterest for a yummy gourmet recipe and go to the store and come home and eat it with wine. Yup, that's what I'm asking for for my birthday this year. It's decided!

  2. Ugh, I definitely feel like life gets in the way. There's been so much on my to-do list for so long. I need to unplug.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  3. I love this, especially "We have 'no tv' nights where we just listen to pandora and sit on our porch and talk. "

    I need more of that in my life.

    I also need to get in a habit of taking my camera with me. I'm always off on adventures and never seem to have it on hand.

    Thanks for the reminder of all this!!


  4. i definitely say unplug every day, we dont' all need to be tied so much to our computers tablets and phones that we can't unplug for a little bit. i get a tinsy bit mad if my husband even dare checks his phone during dinner

  5. Love these! Pretty sure wine is a great one to add to my "get creative" list!!

  6. I really appreciate this list! I know I'm not the most talented in the art department but I feel so energized when I work with my hands/are creative!



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