When I am in Thrift Mode, I am most likely not in Create or Craft Mode. If I am spending the majority of my time gathering, I am typically thinking of what I want to do with things, but not necessarily doing those things. I am gathering for Someday. And then needing to purge to be able to have more room for other stuff I want to do something with Someday.
Then I get these bursts of creativity and get my little projects done, sometimes trying to do everything all at once. Which leaves me a little breathless as well as more than a bit irritated with myself that I didn't take time each day to do something that I love to do.
I wouldn't ever consider myself an Artist. Thrifter, Yes. Glitterer, Yes. House-Decorator for our home, Yes. Booth Renter, Yes. But Artist? No.
I have always had this preconceived notion that if I am going to be any kind of creative Artist, I would have to live an isolated life.
In a loft apartment.
In Greenwich Village.
With a whole lot of quiet.
Which is so far way from my life right now, the life we have created together as a family, which I LOVE. I don't want that other life of isolation!
So how to the two combine?
I picked up the extremely inspiring book by Julia Cameron while at the library the other day entitled The Artist's Way. I am only two chapters in, but already I am realizing that I do not need to buy into my previous fantasies of how I need to live to be an Artist. I just need to unblock and do. I am living in the perfect time and space to do what I want to do...I just need to do.
And taking baby steps, I am writing. And I am creating...maybe not from the ground up, but am doing those little things that I have set aside to do later.
This is what I was able to get done in the early morning hours while sipping my first cup of coffee. Glittering is one of my favorite things to do. It is so relaxing for me and I feel like I am getting some of my 'creating' out. I don't need to make the little deer from clay from my own hands. I can thrift those little deer and do what I want with them.