creating: the time...

 One of the most common questions I get asked is: "how do you find the time to be so creative?!"
And, while I've answered this in video in the past, and showed what a normal day in our life looks like, I think it's still a bit baffling to some.
So I thought a few more details may help...
*I want to share this today because sometimes I *fear* I likely frustrate some readers... since I know we all struggle with 'comparing' ourselves too often...
 So maybe the creative souls who work all day with kids or careers... and are too drained to even imagine embarking on a creative project - may pop by my blog and think "oh geez, there she goes again creating something new!  She must stuff her kids in a box all day!".

I know, I'm a bit much.
Somehow I manage to blog each day.
While also creating... which is a bit of a double-whammy I guess.
It seems silly to apologize, but I just want to say I reallllllly hope this space doesn't aggravate those of you who desire to create - but for whatever reason can't find the time right now.

I honestly want this space to simply inspire creativity in all of us.*
So, here's a few details about how I manage to balance home-making + art-making:

If you ask my husband, he will tell you - I rarely stop moving all day!
Playing with the kids.
Visiting with people.
Checking e-mails.... what have you.

In this regard, I'm probably a lot like most of you.
What *may* be the difference is how we relax.

  When evening hits, and all the family tucks into bed.
What do you do?
T.V, Netflix, Internet, reading, online shopping, etc?

1) I create.
Those few hours of quiet, uninterrupted bliss in the evening is where you'll find me:

2) I don't watch T.V, and movies are rare...  (I should read more though).
I just love.love.love to create... every.spare.moment afforded in the day is given to this.

3) I'm also blessed to have a helpful, involved husband.
He's home a lot in the day due to his work (or lack thereof).
Which frees me up to clean/create while he wrangles the kids sometimes.

4) Our parents (both sets) live in the same city, and they like to steal away the kids often enough.  That means more time to create!

5) I don't fixate on a super clean house.. it's kept to a tolerable state of shabbier chic, so that I have more time to .. yep.

So, does that help?

Again, I hope this space inspires you instead of tires you.
But I guess you wouldn't keep coming back if it did the latter.. ?! har har.

Creatively yours,
Mel ;o)


  1. Claudia Guerreiro30 April 2013 at 09:04

    you are just a creating maniac. lol it makes perfect sense. i don't care to create at night. i'm a day creative kinda girl ;)
    oh, and i'm a total movie girl also

  2. Mel- you have been a big inspiration to me. This year has been pretty crazy so far for us, but I'm hoping to get back to creating and blogging soon. My 'problem' is I have so many interests, and when Junior is home in the evening we usually spend the time together. Unfortunately, he doesn't craft... although he always has lots of 'helpful' suggestions for me when I'm creating!
    Anyway, I'm so glad that you are able to do all the things you do. Carry on! Right now I will create vicariously through you!

  3. Gypsy in Jasper30 April 2013 at 10:37

    No aggravation on my end. I LOVE seeing what you're up to. You provide endless inspiration, my dear. xo

  4. Aw, well that's a real encouragement, I appreciate you (and your family) too! xx

  5. hehe, thanks ~ you're a real trooper to keep coming back here (despite all this motherhood talking along the way.. lol) LOVE having you here bud. ;o)

  6. I hear you! IF Ben was up in the evenings - I likely wouldn't craft/blog half as much.... but since he's out for the early baker mornings... I have the time *alone* to craft. Again - a rare set up for most I figure. I'm delighted to help inspire you in all your awesome endeavours there.. or , here! ;o) xx

  7. haha.. maniac is true.. you know my name backwards IS Assylum..assilem....lol. OOooh I do love me a good movie.. but Netflix doesn't really deliver, and I've grown more picky about them over the last year+ since I'm tired of the ones that stink 'wasting' my evening! :o) xx


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