Saturday, September 11, 2010
I've always been a pretty crafty person. It comes to me naturally through my mom's family. Her mother was an artist who specialized in toll painting, and my mom is incredibly gifted with creativity. I also have some very artistic siblings.
I started at a young age with crafty endeavors. I've been into photography, scrap booking, painting, graphic design, and beading. A few years ago, when I got married and started teaching, I just didn't have time or energy to work on anything anymore. I'd try to start a project, but it would never get finished. I felt like I'd completely lost my creative spark.
I tried different projects, but I just couldn't enjoy it! It honestly felt like a chore which is crazy. Crafting was a major hobby for me at one point in my life- a way to escape and relax. I didn't have an outlet anymore and I pretty much just gave up.
Ever since I moved to Lubbock, my Aunt has been inviting me to go paint pottery with her at a local place called Art Avenue. Twice a month they have S.O.S. (Save Our Sanity) night. It's always on Friday nights from 8-12, and each one has a theme. If you dress up according to the theme, you get 10% off. They have snacks and games/door prizes. It sounded like fun, but I was BROKE!
I finally got to go for the first time two weeks ago. I had $10 and I was ready to have a night out of the house. I made a little hanging plaque for my classroom. I had such a blast! I got to socialize and be creative at the same time. I finished painting it just in time! I was so nervous about how my first project would look once it was fired.
I went back last night, and I was so pleased with the final result! I added the wire and beads and had the confidence to start a new project!
The shop has a shelf of items that individuals started, but never came back to finish. After 6 months, they wash the pieces off and put them back up for sale for a discounted price. I was able to score a vase that normally costs $21, and with my 10% discount for dressing up and my $5 off coupon I won at the last SOS ended up about $6 for it. I got busy painting it and was able to finish it right before they closed last night. I can't wait to see how it turned out.
I'm just so happy to be finding myself again. It's little things like this that are bringing me closer and closer to where I need to be.