I can just hear the collective, "Huh?!" In a nutshell, I'm a practical girl. Although I haven't fully determined my Style Statement, the word pragmatic often comes to mind. I like to make things that have purpose. (This is probably why quilting is such a perfect hobby for me.)
Yesterday I simply stated that I love to create. I love sewing, baking, keeping scrapbooks. I could do it all day long, every single day. The most important statement in my creative manifesto: I create because I enjoy it, because it makes me feel alive.
Creating means keeping meaningful scrapbooks for my kids. Not over-creating means not burdening my kids with a whole library full of scrapbooks to store and maintain. I mentioned yesterday that I turned to my core set of beliefs in order to set parameters when I started Juliet's first scrapbook (almost 12 years ago, sniff sniff). You can read more about the results here. I choose to create...but I also want to choose what, when, why I create.
Creating means spending time on the crafts I love. Not over-creating means not spending all my time crafting so that I forget about the rest of life. Not to mention, the rest of life provides an awful lot of inspiration. William Carlos Williams was a poet, but also a doctor. I like to think the doctor part was a wellspring of inspiration for his creative life.
Creating means trying new techniques and projects. Not over-creating means not using all the world's resources for my own individual pleasure. Enter my idea journal. And the recent revelation that just because I can make something doesn't mean I have to make it. Supporting other artists feels just as good -- or even better -- as making it myself. Sometimes I realize that the amount of time spent on a particular project might not be "worth it."
More than any other belief in my system, this is the one I revisit the most. How will this notion change with experience? I definitely should have asked Terry about it when I was in Alabama.