Finding Time for Creativity
I’ve been a creative beast since birth. I absolutely love getting my hands dirty and piecing together a handmade masterpiece.
Let me say first, I have failed far more times than I have succeeded, however, that’s never stopped me from continuing to try new things.
When Barb turned six, we decided to throw her first big birthday party. We invited a ton of kids, rented out a local park, had a bouncy castle, the whole works.
I’ve always loved the way fondant cakes looked, but I couldn’t believe the price! I scoured the internet for fondant recipes, the best cake pans, and I set out to make her 6th birthday cake- a fondant cake, mind you- on my own.
I started with a tester cake so I could get an idea what exactly I was getting into. I won’t lie, it was a bit of work, but it turned out so well, I was determined to make her 6th birthday cake a masterpiece. And, after hours upon hours of perfection, it turned out amazing!
I had such a blast making it that I eventually went on to make more:
An Easter cake for a family Easter dinner at our home a couple years ago:
And, I even braved a “travel wedding cake” for my brother-in-law’s wedding in Phoenix, Arizona. I baked and froze all the cakes ahead of time, and then pieced the cakes together once we arrived in Phoenix. I then iced the cakes, laid the fondant and decorated. It is, to date, my favorite cake I’ve made thus far!
I’ve dabbled in many other things along the way like home decorating (and creating some of my own home decor):
And, many of you know how much I enjoy making hand made cards, too:
My friend, Bev Feldman from Linkouture.com has recently released a new book, Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity: A self-care workbook to help you make time for your creative interests (affiliate link).
Whether you’re a crafting queen, or you haven’t glued anything together since Kindergarten, Bev’s comprehensive workbook makes it easy to find time to do the creative things that you enjoy. Bev’s reminds us that it’s okay to stop and take a moment for a bit of “ME TIME,” while also showing us creative ways to do just that. And, if I failed to mention- Bev is a WONDERFUL friend of mine! This is a photo of her and I last summer where we got to meet for the first time at a conference in Baltimore!
The best part is, Bev is offering the Kindle version of her book for only .99 cents right now!
I won’t lie. It’s quite easy to poop out after a long day of work, taking care of Barb, and everything else that comes with LIFE. However, one of the best retreats I’ve found (for my sanity) is to sit down and engage my brain in something creative. I’ve found that during some of the most stressful times in life, sitting down and writing, card making, or putting something, anything, together can lower the anxiety magnitude ten fold. I’ve also heard that about exercising, but you know my feelings on that…
So, head over to Amazon and pick up a copy of my friend Bev’s book “Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity: A self-care workbook to help you make time for your creative interests“!