Tuesday, July 31, 2012

So...what exactly is "being creative?"

Creativity takes many forms...
it could be cooking a wonderful meal for your loved ones,
or maybe having a wonderful garden that produces yummy vegetables,
or keeping a beautiful home for your family,
and what about being able to host a fabulous party
that makes everyone feel like THEY are the guest of honor!!!
Creativity is truly so many different things ~

For me, being creative is simply taking
humble supplies and transforming them into
something that I love!!!

I've always, ALWAYS loved making things...
it could be from fabric,
cake decorating,
painting furniture,
sculpting from clay,
mixed media,
or whatever...
it just doesn't matter ~
to have two hands to create something new
from simple, raw materials
is the most wonderful joy ever!!!

A paperclay frog commission for a dear friend ~

A sweet little girl's kitchen set I painted....

Paperclay sweeties ~

A birthday cake for Dennis' grandmother...she was always so sweet to me!

More paper clay ~

A groom's cake ~ don't you love the strawberries??!!

My first little paperclay doll ~

A vintage magazine rack I handpainted to sell in my shop...

More cake decorating ~ I really thought I was going to get rich doing this!!!
Ugh, NO!

A purse I made using regular old drop cloth fabric from the hardware store...
wedding lace, vintage watch faces and beautiful old buttons ~

I painted this little baby chair for an antique space I had once,
I just love the images...it was one of those old McDonald's high chairs!!

A wedding cake....
Here's a wonderful story ~ did you know
my sister-in-law Julie and I made a ginormous wedding cake together,
we split the profits and
I was able to buy my very first sewing machine!!!

This was my baby shower gift for the same dear sister-in-law
I just spoke of...she was expecting her first baby after trying for so very long....
I hand painted one of those old kid's rocking horse things
and turned it into a carousel horse!!!

A couple of tables I painted to sell in my shop...

A little paperclay fairy...chubby thing that she is!

More paperclay goodness...a sparkly little bird!

you're about sick of this guy,
my paperclay snowman...he's the tutorial I sell!

And HEY! One time I gave him a body!!
I need to make more of these guys, I love him...

My bird from my paperclay snowbird tutorial...I still have him too!

And these fairy shoes all started with a paperclay base too!!!

My latest little bit of creative efforts?
I made our precious grandbaby Clara a fluffy doll blanket to give her
at Emily's baby shower...
I'm also giving her a baby doll cradle ~
just so she can be her own "little mama"
when baby Murray arrives!

Truth be known:
I really am a jack of all trades and a master of none!!!
But this is all I know in my heart....

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it  with thy might;
for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom,
in the grave, whither thou goest.

To be creative is a gift and a true honor...
we should all cherish this!!!

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday my sweet friends!
hugs and love,


NanaDiana said...

Dawn- You are so multi-talented. Just beautiful work you do- all of it! I love all your creations but especially your clay items! Blessings- xo Diana

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So much creativity in one post! You are a very talented lady, Dawn!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

OMG, you are so very talented in so many different variety of things. Everything looks absolutely gorgeous!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Pat C. said...

You. Made. All. Of. Those. Beautiful. Creations. ?????? *fans self*

I. Am. A. Slug. (And not just any old slug, but the lowest form of slug--the kind that has little to no talent for anything but, um, er, researching;) and, uh, ahem, writing long posts. hahahaha)

I'm not even worthy of reading your blog. I need to find a new hobby.

The End.

Shopgirl said...

Creativity is a loaded question. You love making just about anything, you put so much thought into what you do and share.
I know ladies that look at the things I make and say, I could never do that. I think being creative is taking a chance, making mistakes, getting glue in your hair, paint under your nails. And along with that is keeping a nice house, putting things together that look nice...cooking a great meal. Working in your yard, planting what will one day be a flower, and you water it, and fed that flower. Being a hostess, making company feel at home, And so much more, writing, singing, finding laughter...this is all art, all creative. It is about the doing and being proud of whatever it is. Seeing something old become something new...it's about the love of it, and Dear Dawn you love making all things better, soft and clean. I think you have a little Victorian blood, your love of lace, button,fabric, paper, you are a charmer. I have learn so much from you. Hugs, Mary

marie said...

Such a beautiful post Dawn...I love the verse and your closing words. It's quite obvious that you cherish the gift of creativity that you have. Thank you for sharing all these amazing creations with us...you have inspired me!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You are very talented, Dawn! I had no idea you were a baker as well. Your cakes are fantastic. I love your paper clay figures. I have one of your little snowmen {with body}! Love that little guy. : ) I love your bunnies, too.

Vee said...

Your creativity takes many wonderful directions. Oh Clara is going to have fun at the party!

Great story about earning enough money to purchase your first sewing machine. And you said that you didn't get rich.

Primitive Seasons said...

Dawn I think this is the most beautiful post you've ever done. Really touched my heart. You are a lovely person.


Anonymous said...

Talented in so many ways Dawn!! How many instruments do you play? I bet your talented there too!

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Being creative is when there is paint on EVERYTHING and you're mentally exhausted from all the effort you've put out to make something. :) lol Hugs!

Simply Shelley said...

As I have always said....you are so very talented..everything you put your hands to...turns out wonderful...blessings dear friend.

Judy Ann Lincicum said...

You are indeed a very talented lady, Dawn, and just as sweet inside and the beauty you create outside. I just love you to pieces, and I've never met you, funny how that works, huh?
I have a question; do you have a pattern for that pretty bag or purse from this post, that you made, that you would be willing to sell? I've been wanting to make one of these for the longest time. And I especially like yours. Thanks, Judy

At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Dawn, Being creative in all things is second nature to you...but the way that you share those talents, and the generous way you encourage others to find their bliss is what sets you apart dear friend. Thank you for sharing and inspiring, you always do! Love, Penny

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Dawn, You simply have WAY TOO MUCH fun. And it shows.
I have been in a "creative slump" for a long time now, need to get my artists cap on and take out my camera and get going.
It's been SO VERY, VERY HOT here, can't do it outside for sure.


Dorthe said...

Dear sweet Dawn,
I have never ever seen such stunning cakes here in Denmark, and YOU did them!!! fantastic, they are masterpieces!
And your little papermache figures are the sweetest dear ones. Your sewed bags,collages, your painted furnichures- with the roses- you can just do everything with your hands my friend- and so wonderfully made all.
You master every kind af material, and yes, you are so CREATIVE precious friend.
It is a delight to visit you, alwayes.
Hugs and love,Dorthe

Createology said...

Dawn Dear you are uber creative. This post really relates to me, my mother and my grandmother as we all love/d to create with our hands and do so many different things. Your work transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. I just purchased your little tutes for the snowman and bird as they are so adorable. Blissful creating...

Annette said...

loved this post, reminds me of me and so glad to know there are some of out that like us. Little clay figures are pretty cute. xoxo

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Gorgeous projects. Your painting is beautiful.
I especially love your paper clay birdies & snowmen. Darling & wonderfully inspiring.
Huggies ~

Elderberry Dreams said...

You are truly blessed with a creative spirit and a beautiful heart. You know, just looking at these pictures, you can tell how much you love making something from whatever you have at the time, and turning into a gift that will last forever. Even the words you write make someone feel special. Thank you for just being you!

Vicki Boster said...

Dawn- I'm worn out from just seeing all of your lovely creations- I hardly know where to start-- everything is amazing!!! My favorites are the painted kitchen set- to die for-- and that beautiful clay doll!!! If anyone takes tgat scripture to heart it is you-- you use your talents undo many ways and touch so many lives--


Lisa said...

Oh you are a master of all. I can't get over those cakes, especially the one for Grandma. You really should keep doing those they are awesome. And your painted furniture, I didn't realize what a real artist you are! Love seeing all your stages of creativity.

Anne Mackle said...

You are so creative and I am in awe. I love the kitchen set and the horse. You make me want to do the same.You're family are so lucky.

Pam said...

Hi Dawn. Came across your blog and immediately followed you! Your alot of inspiration to me on pinterest, now I know why! Love your talent! Best wishes, Pam


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