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Creativity List

The topic this month in my blog circle is: 10 things I need for creativity.

1) My beloved office space – oh how I love my office! I instantly feel a sense of ease when I walk into that room. It’s one of my happy places. Half of it is set-up for painting, and the other half is for sewing and other crafts.

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2) Uninterrupted time – As a mother of 4 (plus 1 amazing exchange student), finding undisturbed time is almost laughable, especially since I still have one at home with me during the days. Obviously, I cannot postpone creating as I wait for the ideal time, but it sure would be nice to have more than 2 hours to myself. Painting is probably the hardest to do uninterrupted. If one of my kids sees me, he/she inevitably wants to join in on the action.

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3) Music – I like to do a little sing sing and dancey dance while I’m working. Right now, my current music of choice is latin pop hits.

4) A full belly – One thing you don’t know about me is that I like to eat… and once I finish eating, I am often thinking about what I will eat next. Some days, I have a constant hunger, and it’s so distracting!! Although, there was 1 time where I was so “in the zone” that I totally forgot to eat a meal. I was shocked!!! I never understood how anyone could “forget to eat.” Psshh… yeah right.

5) Supplies – Ahh… I love my secondhand supplies!! From my used paints/brushes/canvases, to my vintage sewing machine, I love finding used materials.

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6) Balance – Now this is a bit tricky, but I do think it’s important to mention. As everyone most likely knows, when you’re doing something that really interests you, it’s easy to get consumed by it and lose track of time. So, I need to be cognizant of how much time I have spent with my kids, my husband and on my own doing what I love to do… and what I currently love to do is salsa dance!

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7) Sunshine – Obviously this is not a steadfast requirement in order to create, but having the sun out in recent days certainly helps elevate my mood. Little known fact… I love the sun (though not for sunbathing reasons) and have 3 sun tattoos. Here’s my most recent one that I treated myself to on my birthday a couple of years ago.

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8) Unplugging (as much as possible) – I say “as much as possible” because, in reality, I can’t totally disconnect. I need to be available for my kids’ schools since my husband often travels for work, and… well… I admit… I have a slight facebook addiction!

9) Inspiration – For painting, I often start without knowing where I’m going. However, in due time, a thought will hit me that I want to materialize onto the canvas. Instead of painting it right away, I do some rough draft sketches in my sketch book. It’s also fun to peruse my sketchbook to see past ideas that haven’t come to fruition yet… perhaps they will make it onto a canvas in due time, or maybe they were simply leading me somewhere else. The unknown journey is part of the fun.

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10) Uninterrupted time – Oh wait… did I say that already? I mean seriously… I know this face is cute, but sometimes mommy just wants to be by herself! Haha!!

DSC_0008So that’s my list!! Let’s see what my other creative cohorts require for their creativity. Next up is the amazing Amy Riddle’s blog!

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15 comments

  1. Sounds like you’ve got it down 🙂 free time without kids is a good one but when you have that many I’m surprised you get any time! You have great supplies, all the stencils and paint! Wow! I liked all the pictures it’s fun to see (because I’m visual) all your creativity!

    • lulusupcyclinglounge

      Yes.. the elusive free time… I am definitely teaching my children the value of being independent people :).

    • lulusupcyclinglounge

      Haha! It’s a good thing to have a colleague who works with scrap metal and has access to cool pieces for stencils!

  2. Yes I forgot balance too! And your #4 is so right up my alley. Yesterday I was working on my blog post and didn’t eat until noon. I almost passed out at the thought! Or maybe that was swooning from hunger… Hmm.

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  4. How could I have forgotten sunshine in my list?! This Miami girl now lives in the Northwest and I am sunshine deprived! Winters are especially difficult. Come to think about it, I am less creative in the winter!

    Now, I need to put creativity aside and ask you a technical question! If you take a look at my site, you’ll see my photos are so small. I like the size of yours and love how they seem to pop off the page. I realize my background is also too dark. Could you offer me some suggestions or tell me what I’ve done wrong?!

    • lulusupcyclinglounge

      For this post, I imported all of my photos into my photo software (I just use iPhoto) and then exported them all the same size. Some of my pics were taken with my nice camera, some with my phone, and one was a scanned image. I’m lucky that it all worked out in the end!

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