Guest series :: Creativity requires risk and vulnerability

by contributor on June 19, 2012

in Guest series 2012, Kids Crafts

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…

Delia blogs at delia creates. She is a mom to two boys and a brand new baby girl who believes that creating things with her hands is one of the keys to creating a beautiful, fulfilling life.

Hi WhipUp readers! I am so happy to be here with you and Kathreen today. When Kathreen asked me how parenting has changed how and why I create, the first answer that came to mind, was that they are the reason I create.

I think children bring out the best, truest parts of ourselves. They give us reason to celebrate holidays, and milestones to the fullest. They see us as we a really are… amazing individuals capable of amazing things.

I’ve always considered myself someone with creative tendencies, but creativity didn’t become a passion until after I had children. They provided me both with opportunity and inspiration to try, to learn, to create.

Creativity requires risk and vulnerability and who better to teach us about that, than children. They who try new things almost daily show us we can too.

One of my most favorite things is to create with my children. They remind me of how fun it is to just get my hands dirty and play. Our creations don’t have to be perfect, just fun. I also cherish the memories we make as we work side by side. It’s a special time when I can instill in them a love for working with their hands and teach them something new. In the process, I learn much more than I could ever teach them.

Creating for them is a joy as well. It makes me smile, when my oldest thinks I can “just make” anything for him. Of course my talent struggles to match his imagination sometimes, and sooner or later he’s going to figure out my limitations. For now though, I am enjoying being the sewing super hero he thinks I am.

Here are just a couple of my favorite projects that I’ve made with or for my kids.

Personalized Note Pads :: Kid Art Shirts :: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie inspired overalls :: Dry Erase Clock :: Lil’ Mister Bow Tie :: Frankenstein Hat

Of course, not everything I create is for or with them. Balancing time to create for myself and time with my kids can be tricky, especially now that I’ve turned my creative passions into a part-time job with my blog. I give my best effort to make sure my children’s needs and wants come first, but I also allow myself some time everyday to create around them. I do this in hopes that I’m planting the seeds of creative expression in them through my example. I want our house to be a home flowing with creativity as much as possible.

As the name of my blog implies. I create. It’s what makes me happy, it’s what I do, it’s who I am. And I have my children to thank for allowing creativity to blossom in my life.

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