This week the creativity bug really hit me!! I’ve been working on projects and cooking up a storm!! I’ve truly made some “heartfelt home creations”!! Here’s what I’ve been up to:
My garden’s been providing us with a lot of vegetables lately, so I’ve been blessed with being able to try a few new recipes. On Monday, I decided to put my apron on and start cooking. I managed to bake up 2 loaves of white bread, 2 pizzas with homemade dough and using tomatoes and garlic from my garden to make the sauce, a loaf of lemon blueberry bread so I could utilize the blueberries I picked the week before, and 5 small jars of garlic dill pickles – again using veggies from my garden!! (See links for recipes.)
And then there were the crafts!! I found some yarn left over from past projects that have already been finished. Well, rather than have the yarn sit there taking up space, I decided to put on my creativity hat and start crocheting for a few days! I just started working and before I knew it, I had created not only my own pattern but also a “centerpiece mat” to use in my dining room. When that was finished and I had just a little more yarn left, I made up a little flower coaster that fits nicely under my candles. After all of that was complete, I even managed to get some scrapbooking accomplished.
So, if your not into crafts and cooking and things like that, you might be thinking, “Ok, glad you got some things accomplished.” But aside from sharing what I created this week, I also wanted to share this little tidbit with you and ask the following question:
Sometimes we get all caught up in this technology based, fast paced society (myself included). Sometimes I think we need to just sit back and see what kinds of things we can do for ourselves. How often do we run out to the grocery store for the things we need? Making the bread and other goodies for my family and I to eat reminded me of how “this is what my grandmothers and great-grandmothers did”. I look at my crocheted projects and think “Yeah, I could’ve just went out to a store and bought them, but it’s so nice having something that I made and can use.” Not to mention the fact it seems to be a bit of therapy for me as well. Gives me the chance to unwind a bit. And if you have little hands that are willing to help and learn right along with you, that makes it all the more worth while!!
So, if you need a challenge or a change of pace this week, consider creating something! Cook something up in the kitchen, finish that craft project that you’ve had stashed away in the closet to be forgotten or start a new one. Have you wanted to “someday” teach yourself how to knit or sew or maybe even make your own candles? Why not start today?