For those of you going what the what … stop. Think about it for a moment: what have you learned that you can do better than anyone you know this year? What can you do that no one else can? Don’t be shy!
How will you resound?
An elderly friend of mine gave me some feathers and string this year and jokingly asked me to make something for her granddaughter. I came back to her the next day with a brooch and matching hair pins. “How did you make this? Do you have instructions?” ”No, just my imagination.” ”You’re like MacGyver.”
My creative life blossomed a little more this year. I noticed that I have the ability to break down components of a craft project without looking at instructions; I just need to see a photo of it. Like an architect to a building, I know the blueprint before I even have the chance to get it down on paper. I do this with just about every personal project I have in my head: mentally filing images that inspire me and manifest them into crafts later on. I also mentally file away the things my loved ones love and try to tie it into a craft project that feels very personal to them. This is probably how I engineer most of the things I make. And I’m excited to see what I will create in 2012.