Today was a cloudy, cozy afternoon. We stayed inside and I made stuff. I had fun and found it rewarding. I know some of you make stuff all the time. I see it in your blogs, on Facebook, and on Pinterest. That is not me. But today I made stuff.
Setting aside the demands of the day, I decided to sit still long enough to finish a few projects in the creative realm. I went down the short flight of stairs to the basement. Yes, some of us living in Southern California have basements, as it were. Not a basement like out East and in the Midwest, but a bit of a cool storage space around our furnace. Some of my stuff for making things lives there undisturbed. But that all changed this afternoon.
I'd gotten a blank calendar from Paper Source, a favorite store of mine. www.paper-source.com
For the calendar, go to: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/2012-Paper-Source-DIY-Calendar/3205.001/436909.html
By the way, Paper Source has a creed that does keep my heart beating for making something just for fun now and then. With their motto, "Do something creative everyday," I am reminded that joy is found there...in the creating. At least for many of us, including me. Even if we are flattering someone more genius than we are by copying their idea, and of course giving them credit, creating something gives a feeling of contribution.
If you ask me, this one is a bit cluttered. Less is more, and I clearly ignored that. Anyway, I only have to use it and look at it for a month. There are some pretty elements and the little groundhog will make me smile all month, even though he only claims the one day for festivity. So, February is done and March is far away. I'll work on that one mid-February.
Next, I made some cards. I am not an avid card maker. I am an avid digital photo album maker. Not cards so much. But I do use cards and enjoy writing notes on pretty papers, so I have been known to make cards with others, copying designs and borrowing tools. Today, however, I was on my own. No designs to copy, and only what I had on the dining table to combine to create a card. So, adjusting my expectations accordingly, I went at it. I'm satisfied with my end results for two reasons: they are done and they are usable. And they are good enough. I've seem many beautiful hand made cards. These are not those. But they'll do, and I'll enjoy using them sending them. Good enough.