One Word with Jean: Create

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The Perfect Mystery

Create, the second word in our “One Word” series, means to produce or make, especially something innovative. I’ve always been curious about the idea of “being creative”. We’re often told creativity or talent is an undefinable, unnamable something. Only a few people are born with “it” and the rest of us “just aren’t creative.” I say baloney.

The LITTLE LIBRARY OUTSIDE MY OFFICE WINDOW

The LITTLE LIBRARY OUTSIDE MY OFFICE WINDOW

Creativity is like everything in life, it takes a little time, effort and desire, it is not the exclusive real estate of “the creative”. One of my favorite books is Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd. I have been through it twice, most recently when I lost my job and had to reinvent myself. The book is a wonderful combination of exercises and anecdotes about other creatives.

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Her examples of creative people are not limited to the famous, but include everyday people who now make a living doing what they love. People like you and me. People who may never be well-known but who will certainly be happy and satisfied in life. Creativity is a basic human drive. Our lives demand we MAKE things. We make breakfast, trips, stories, and even love. The more we make, the more ideas, and talent, and creativity come to us.

Better Not Perfect

Talented people put in a lot of hours developing that talent and they make a lot of mistakes along the way. They keep working, striving for better, not perfect.

I remind myself of “Better not Perfect” on a daily basis. Most of my projects need multiple versions or hours of “tweaking”. Once, for a school project, I needed an illustration of a little dog, Stubby, circling. Stubby was not well behaved. He did not come when called. It took many tries and lots of failures before I got close to the look I wanted. Stubby was a stubborn guy. I finally got him trained, but he was not perfect.

practicing making Stubby circle

practicing making Stubby circle

Refining Stubby

Refining Stubby

finished illustration

finished illustration

It’s Never Perfect

“It’s not perfect,” is my inner critic’s mantra, but my inner critic is a lazy bum. She’s not particular about what she doesn’t like unless I pump her for information. What could the next step be? What’s missing? What’s too much? When you’re stuck or discouraged, try things out, lots of things. Let yourself fail, or be ugly, or be plain. Creating requires exploring the unknown, and the unknown is scary. Explore it anyway. then go with your gut.

Looking for material to use

Looking for material to use

Final arrangement

Final arrangement

I explored a variety of ideas when I put together the border for our One Word: Create. I considered a fancy corner paper-piece pattern. I tried about a dozen different materials. My inner critic nagged “But it’s for the word Create! You’d better be creative!” Ultimately simplicity won out. I just loved the blue material I ended up using for the sides and I thought it was best shown with the cheerful material I picked to accent the corners. I don’t think its particularly innovative, but I absolutely love the look.

One word: create sentiment panels

One word: create sentiment panels

For me, that is success, whatever the “critics” may think. Every time I see this square it makes me smile. I’m looking forward to the next one, and to joining them all together in a project at some point in the future. For today, I’ll take better and the satisfaction that come with making. Try the create sentiment panels for yourself in a quilt, mug rug, or table topper.

My Craft Table

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Here are some of the supplies I used for this One Word:Create pattern.