What sparks your creativity?

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What is your passion?

What makes you jump out of bed in the morning?

What is it that gets your heart pumping and blood boiling?

What really  makes you come alive?

For some people it is music, obviously for some it is writing and blogging!

**I double dog dare you to send me a comment about your true passion!**

I have many, but I’ll start with these:

My sewing machine and I have had a long relationship. Three of my most favorite creations are:

1) My oldest grand daughter’s  many Halloween costumes. She would find a picture of what she wanted to be and I in turn would produce a pattern. Then together we would decide the material(s) to use. And, Voila’ she had her one of a kind outfit! The first Dracula costume I designed when she was six, per her orders, had to have a skirt that twirled when she swirled! I think there was 2 1/2 yards of material in the skirt alone! She loved it! How dare she grow up and not need costumes anymore. Geesh! the nerve!! But, I have faith, there will come a day when she will need something magical, something special and one of a kind and we will once again design together!!

2) I felt such love, creating from scratch my 2nd grand daughter’s first doll. My daughter sent me video of her giving her dolly -it’s first kiss when she was maybe 6 months old. That touched my heart and made me a very happy blubbering idiot! Kleenex please!!

3) My mom used to sew. I have such fond memories of her making every grandchild and half the women in the family, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls.  After she and my dad retired she had immaculate degeneration and became legally blind. It didn’t knock her down, until  her mid 90’s she still walked 3 miles a day, did her own yard work and swam every warm summer day. Oh and she played a mean game of scrabble, she just bought a game with bigger tiles! To me, that is determination to live life to the fullest!

After she lost most of her sight, I created a Raggedy Ann doll just for her. She had sewn all those dolls and never once made one for herself!  The doll’s dress was made from material which she had years earlier,when I was a little, made me a darling Easter outfit. She was totally caught off guard by my gift. That doll, sat on the back of the living room couch for years! Even when she had dementia which later turned into full blown Alzheimer’s she kept the doll with her. It made me feel EXTRA- ordinary.

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Another, life long love is 1/12th scale miniature houses, complete with life like hand crafted landscaping plants, bushes, hand braided rugs and more.  Oh yes, mine is a log cabin, wired with lights and sports a wrap around porch that has a floor made from very tiny bricks.

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Not completed and terrible pic… but, it is on a turntable for ease of working on any side. One small error. There are only two doorways it will come through. One is into the garage and the other the back deck sliding door! oopsee!!

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”

-Mary Kay Ash

 

 

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“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one” – Elbert Hubbard

 

Isn’t it interesting, that there is a constant growing and overwhelming acceptance for wellness sayings and visual inspirations that allude to the fact that people need to be uplifted? Yet, society sends out an unspoken signal that continues to reminds us, it is best to keep our inner battle a secret. I find quotes and pictures thought provoking and inspiring.  For me, they are a reminder that in a world that still has a stigma against mental illness,  I am not alone.

Don’t believe me? When was the last time you called in sick to work with the excuse: “Sorry, I won’t be in today I am suffering a series of panic attacks.” There have been strides in the right direction, pamphlets handed out during the hiring process that cover “employee assistance programs”. Do you honestly feel comfortable discussing this with your boss? From my own experience, I think it depends on the company. 

In the early 90’s I was blessed with a management team that had personal experience  and there was a lot of leniency and support. Since that time, not so much. Therefore, I keep the matter to myself and my therapist. Obviously, due to scheduling restraints: my, leave 30 minute early, request time off forms are for “doctor’s” appointments. No details. 

Am i being realistic or cynical?

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts and experiences.

 

Literally, as I am writing this, out pops the daily prompt- today’s is “dirty”. 

I think my little snippet fits right in. What do you think? 

Please email me at theblackwallblog@gmail.com with comments. Thank you!

 

– K@countingpenniesandsheep.

 
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