Had some time to spend in my craft room yesterday. Sometimes I feel a little selfish when I'm in there trying to be creative, Then today I was browsing some of my favorite blogs and one just spoke to me and all those doubting thoughts I was dwelling on. Artist and owner of Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, stated on her blog that creativity is essential.
Here are her words of wisdom:
"Do you ever feel guilty for taking time to do something creative? Do you stuff the urges back down inside while you run around doing things for other people, or working hard all day, or planning the family meals — putting creativity second or third, or most likely, about tenth or twentieth? We might feel guilty or scared or unworthy or silly using our time to be creative. Creativity is huge and important. And then again, it’s not meant to be put on a pedestal. It’s essential. Creativity adds a little beauty or light or fun or insight into this world. We deserve to allow ourselves time to create. You can still help others, work a ton, be a family taxi, all that jazz. But if you claim some time — in your planner, if you have to, or set an alarm on your phone — to sit and make something every day, imagine where this commitment could take you! It can be exhilarating, gosh-darnit. “A wonderful privilege.” Essential to happiness. Give yourself license to make. Make cards, make a cartoon. Make up a song, make a sweater. And don’t feel bad about it, because the work wants to be made through you. It really does. Let it out." Marcella Hawley
Don't know if it was coincidence or what but I really needed those encouraging words and hope they can be an inspiration to any of you who read them as well. My friend, Louise, a wonderful poet, will appreciate the essence and I'm happy to share with her. Now I'll share the work that came from me yesterday. Just a little Trick or Treat.
Thanks for looking.