Guest series 2012: I asked fellow bloggers, makers and creators to write on their creativity and focus their essay on one of four topics: creativity and health, creativity and business, creativity and parenting or creativity and process. I am very excited to have a wonderful lot of fellow creative folk guest posting here at whipup.net over the next couple of months. Please welcome…
Christine Chitnis is a Providence, Rhode Island-based writer, photographer and mother. Her writing has appeared in Country Living, The Boston Globe, Time Out New York and many other local and national publications. Her first book, Markets of New England highlights fifty of the most vibrant farmers markets and art events in the region. Visit her at christinechitnis.com.
To say that having a baby changes every aspect of your life would be an understatement, as all of us moms know. There are joys, struggles, and sacrifices, to be sure- but there are also so many wonderful, unexpected surprises. I have always been a creative-type; dabbling in everything from sewing and knitting, to photography and writing, but I couldn’t have anticipated how having children would change my approach to crafting and creativity.
Although the time I spend creating has lessened since having my son over a year ago (and our second is due in July!), I tend to be much more productive and focused with the time I do have in my studio. I find great pleasure in crafting for my son- whether it’s knitting him a sweater, making felt blocks for him to play with, or quilting big beach blankets for our summer picnics. But I also make sure to carve out time to craft for myself- I am currently working on an incredibly girly quilt entirely in shades of purple! That one’s for me- just for me!
Since having my son, I have expanded my view of creativity to include all of the things that I naturally do each day to make our family life full of warmth and love- this includes healthy cooking, keeping a clean, beautiful house, taking my son on daily adventures to libraries, museums, farms, beaches and nature walks, and documenting our memories with pictures and words on my blog. All of these things fuel my creativity and imagination, and that has been the unexpected gift – you take your creativity where you can find it, and you try to let your creative spirit come through no matter how mundane the task at hand.
I am endlessly inspired by mothers who manage to seamlessly integrate their creativity into their family life. A few of my favorite inspiring moms:
SouleMama :: Sew Liberated :: Nectar and Light :: Maya*Made :: Film in the Fridge :: Oh Happy Day