A while back I picked up a plain, white woollen blanket from the op shop and now I have embellished it by adding ribbon to the top and by appliqueing some teapots on it. (Check out another use made of the teapot fabric here)
I didn’t take a before picture – but I’m pretty sure you can use your imagination.
It turns out I have done this before – in fact sharing 29 (albeit someone else’s) tips for staying creative.
But now I thought it was time to share a couple of my own (and what do you know they tie in with what I’ve created this week!) …
Jenny’s tip #1 – When in a creative slump, or just trying to (re)discover your creative side, take on an ‘Instant Gratification Project’ (IGP), like the little embellishments to this blanket. IGPs give you maximum results for minimum effort – something to give you the satisfaction and confidence that comes with finishing something. I tend to undertake lots of little IGPs while also having a longer, more time consuming project going on at the same time.
Jenny’s tip #2 – Something else that I find cultivates creativity is re-cycling/ re-using something and turning into something else. Whether it’s a full scale re-style/ change of use, or a simple embellishment (as I’ve done here); using something in a different way makes you think out of the square and also uses inexpensive resources.
And speaking of creativity and re-cycling, check out the latest instalment of ‘The Recycled Roundup‘ on Mend and Make New!