Hey you. Yes, you. I have something to tell you. Are you listening? You are creative. In fact, there really are not limits to what you can create and do, if you want to.
A few years back I would spend my time poking fun at my supposed lack of creativity when I would find myself in situations where some version of crafting was taking place. The way I saw it, what everyone else did looked so many light years better than what I was doing that the safest bet was to joke about it.
But here’s the thing about creativity. There’s like 7000 variations on a theme here. I still can’t draw much more than a halfway decent stick figure, or figure out how to start a second row when crocheting, but fortunately there are more ways to express creativity than those things.
The point is this. Human beings are creative creatures. We are driven to create. We make things. Most of us flesh out our strengths by working our way through a lot of just so-so things.
One year ago I launched this blog as a sort of creative playground, a place to share and encourage others to try things out. It may be a bit of blatant self-indulgence, but I want to share with you today a few of my favorite projects from the past year. They are not necessarily the most popular builds I have done, but they are my favorites. I share them in hopes that wherever you are in your own creative journey you are challenging yourself and finding joy.
Okay, so actually this is in fact the most popular build I have. People love that it is a simplified version that is inexpensive to build. I love that, too. But the real kick in the pants to me is that this idea was such a unique one. I chewed over it for a while before proposing to my husband that we anchor this pergola thing to the side of the house instead of digging down below the patio stone. Fortunately he caught the vision of it and was game to try. We had never seen anything like it done before, and I’m still tickled pink that it worked so well. No risk, no reward!
Go big or go home, right? Apparently my favorite projects are kind of big. Our home has this large room above the garage that we were either going to need to furnish, or turn into a playroom. You know what’s cheaper than a new couch? This freaking awesome Restoration Hardware inspired cabin playhouse. Creating our version of this was like playing, and the entire thing was just stinkin’ fun. I mean, rope bridge!
My Facebook memories informed me yesterday that I had just finished up and photographed our newly improved fireplace area a year ago. I adore what the whole set up, including the bench seats, has done to our living room. Where there was this awkward space with sloping floors there is now a beautiful custom look that also looks like it has always been there. It brings me happiness pretty well every day.
I reached out to Ana White to see if she would create the plans for this gorgeous coffee table. To my surprise and delight, she agreed! I adore the look of this sweet table, and was thrilled to work with the woman single-handedly responsible for inspiring so many women to pick up tools and build something.
Do you see a theme in these favorite projects? When I think about what I enjoy the most it is the projects that involved some sort of risk – that put me out on a limb trying new things or challenging myself in some way. They represent the best of creativity to me. Whether that’s attaching a pergola to the side of our house, covering up an old fireplace with a whole new design, or reaching out to someone I look up to a great deal, the best creative moments are those that took a little extra reaching.
So here’s to another year, to trying new things, to challenging ourselves, to taking risks, and to creating great things.