Creating Outlets I Enjoy:
Reading: there is nothing more creative than nurturing your imagination by escaping to another time, place, or universe in the written word. By becoming another person and living through that person in their world.
Writing: To look at a blank piece of paper or computer screen and create another world, time, place, and populate it with other people, monsters, aliens, mythical beings takes imagination and a sense of wonder.
Plastic Canvas: While watching TV my wife and I make tissue box covers, place mats, coasters, office inboxes, note pad holders, legal pad folders, book marks and other items using yarn and plastic canvas. It keeps us from adding calories by eating in front of the idiot box.
Reading is a good one!
And your plastic canvas hobby sounds really fun. I need to start doing something other than eating when I watch TV.
Thanks, I always appreciate your comments.
I never think about reading as a creative outlet, but you're right!
What do you do with all your crafty plastic canvas art?
We us it in the home. Most of our Bibles and other books have covers made from it. I make small note pads and give them out for free when someone buys a copy of my book. They're stacking up since I haven't had a book sale in some time. Not much luck selling them at a craft fair, too many others doing the same. They make good gifts for holidays and birthdays for friends and other family members.
TV-watching hobbies are awesome. I had a friend who got into doing wire sculptures so that he had something to do with his hands while watching TV, and eventually got very good at it; I still have several of his little wire figures around.
How funny that you say it's to keep you from eating in front of the TV! I quit smoking over 30 years ago, when I discovered I was pregnant with my first child. My way to do it was to be crocheting every time I was sitting down, so I never felt the urge to go through the motions of smoking. It worked!
Years ago my husband complained that I wasn't spending any time with him--I was either working my 2 jobs, or writing. So I turned off the computer, went upstairs, and sat in the living room, and asked him what we should do to make him happy. He smiled, saying, "Let's watch some TV." REALLY?? I soon discovered that if I was crocheting, I didn't get so bored with whatever was on TV, and he was happy that we were in the same room together. Win-win for everyone--especially those I gifted with afghans.
Creating useful things while watching tv is a great idea. Sure beats eating.
Those wire sculptures sound awesome.
I have a number of crocheted Afghans, they're really warm. You're a generous friend.
Yes it does, Shari.
Reading and writing are pretty much the only ones I manage these days, but they're worth it.
My parents have a plastic canvas angel for their Christmas tree. For a while, that's what she made for every new couple in the family as a wedding present. I never got one, but that's okay. I'll get hers eventually. Very cool you do that, too.
Yes they are, Tanith.
Glad you know the importance of plastic canvas as a gift. My you get yours soon.
I'm intrigued by your plastic canvas work. Sounds like fun. So do you give the items away, sell them, or keep them?
Yogi, they make good Christmas gifts. When I was doing book signings I'd give a little notepad as a bonus. Sometimes they bought the book for the notepad.
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