Every year I try to pick a “theme” to work around, something I think I need to work on.
In 2013, I chose 13 things to work on. Some went well, some didn’t.
In 2014, I chose to Simplify. I purged and rearranged, and tried to make my life simpler in lots of ways. It has made me more conscious of keeping things simple, so I’m still constantly working on this.
Last year, I organized, and I dragged a lot of you along with me. And you liked it, even! I made good progress with my organizing, as did a lot of you, but I still have a long way to go, so I’m planning to keep at it this year, and you’re still welcome to join me. I’m switching the organizing tasks to Mondays this year, so check in on the 4th, and we’ll get started with those.
THIS year, my theme is Creativity. More specifically, Cultivating Creativity.
When I was an art student in college back in the day, we were given assignments. While not every assignment was something I liked or wanted to do, I have to admit that most of them taught me something, made me think in a different way, or showed me that I had a talent (or didn’t) for whatever I was trying at the time.
When we’re not forced to stretch outside our comfort zone, we tend to get in a rut. As my sister says, “All my quilts start to look alike.”
Someone or something usually has to prod us to take that step outside, and make us try something new. Sometimes, once we’ve tried it, we wonder why we waited so long — we wonder why we didn’t try it sooner!
This year, I’m planning to offer up a series of weekly Creativity Challenges. I’m doing this so that I can jump-start my own imagination in new directions, improve my skills, possibly add some new skills, keep myself out of that all-too-familiar rut, challenge myself to try new things I might not otherwise try, and hopefully, become way more creative in the process.
I’m inviting you to join me.
I’m not intending for the challenges to cost you anything. Most of them can be done with things you most likely already have on hand, or inexpensive items you can pick up at the dollar store. I will list at the bottom a few things you’ll need that you can start gathering up, along with a give-away right off the bat for one thing I know you’ll need!
The challenges are not all about quilting, but some of them will involve sewing. They are meant to get you thinking and creating in different ways that may well translate into your quilting life — at least I’m hoping they do for me!
Some will be easier than others. Some might seem downright difficult. But I’m trying to recreate that art-school element of making myself do something I don’t necessarily want to do, while knowing that I might learn something from it. Pushing myself outside my comfort zone.
If you’re ready to step outside your own comfort zone, and want to inject a little more inspiration and creativity into your own life, please join me.
I’ll be posting each new challenge on Thursdays. We’ll have a week to do each one. I’ll show you what I’m working on, and you can certainly show and tell what you’re up to during each challenge as well. Do some, do all, you can pick and choose, it’s up to you.
I’ll be having periodic give-aways throughout the year, related to the challenges. And there will be lots of other things I’ll come up with as we go along, to keep us all inspired and motivated.
I hope you’ll join me. I think it’ll be fun and inspiring. The first challenge will be posted January 7th. I’ve created a Creativity Challenge page that will have all the links to the weekly challenges, so you can see them all in one place. And you can visit the category HERE for all the related articles from the challenge as it goes along.
In preparation, here are a few things you might want to make sure you have on hand. You don’t have to spend lots of money on these things. Give each challenge a try, and if you decide you want to do more with it on your own, then you can invest in better supplies later.
And there will be various other things we’ll want or need, but we’ll address those as they come up. I’m thinking I already have most everything I need here on hand — you might, too.
And since I’m asking you to get an adult coloring book, our first give-away is right now . . . for . . . an adult coloring book!
If you’re planning to join in on some (or all) of this year’s Creativity Challenges, just leave a comment below for a chance to win the coloring book, and I’ll draw for a winner on the 7th, and announce the winner in the post for the first challenge.
Are you ready to create? I am, and I hope you’ll join me!
PS: Feel free to steal the button above for your blog if you like, and just link back to the Creativity Challenge page. I still, after all these years, haven’t figured out how to give you a code, because for me using WordPress, a simple link just works. And it’s optional, so . . . as my dad would say: “Yer gettin’ whatcha paid for, and it ain’t much!”
UPDATE: The winner of the coloring book is Randy!