Creativity is Like the Tide

Over the years, as I’ve gotten older, I have come to recognize that my personal creativity is similar to that of the tide.

During my younger years, I often found the ebb and flow of my creative energy frustrating and unpredictable. I would be filled with passion and excitement about a particular creative pursuit, only to get partially through it and find my energy and desire waning. I dabbled in so many different creative mediums: sewing, painting, beading, knitting, crochet, card making, scrapbooking, floral design, pottery. You name it for a craft, I have probably tried it. I enjoyed all of these mediums and even became quite proficient with some of them. I collected a wide assortment of craft supplies and even had my own room to house my ever-growing stash. Throughout all of my searching and trying and experimenting, however, my creative energy still seemed to have a rhythm of its own.

Hummingbird Watercolour Work in Progress

It was after much reflection that I finally accepted the undeniable fact that my creativity moves like the lunar tide. It wasn’t the mode of creativity that had been frustrating me all these years, it was the ebb and flow, the tidal waves of my creative energy that I just never fully understood and embraced.

With this new-found wisdom, I can now approach my creativity venues differently, with more love, grace and patience.  Over the years, I have narrowed down my creative crafts to a few select few: knitting, spinning and beading.  I can now recognize when the creative tide is on it’s way out – I lose the interest to carry my knitting with me everywhere and I enjoy watching TV without the eed to keep my hands busy getting a few extra rows in. In the pst, this would have bothered me. Now, being more mindful of my rhythm, I happily accept that the tide is going out and I am able to look forward to the next wave of energy to wash in.  I now trust in myself that there will always be a high tide once again. And I give myself permission to relish in the ebb and flow of the creative waves that makes up my life. And that is okay.

I would love to hear about how other people handle the rise and fall of creative energy in their lives.  Please leave a comment below or on one of the social media platforms I participate in.




Connecting Through Creativity – The Knitting Retreat

I have the wonderful pleasure of being part of an amazing group of women who love to knit, crochet, spin and dabble in a wide variety of crafty pursuits.  One of these women created a MeetUp group called Knit Away.  This group is focused on creating knitting retreats where we get together for a weekend, go to different locations, and spend this precious time knitting, crocheting, spinning, and needle working.  Everyone is encouraged to bring whatever projects they wish to work on and other crafts or expressions of creativity are all welcome.  We will eat, drink tea, nap, walk through nature, craft and most importantly to me, connect.

Llama photographed by Linda McJannet

This past weekend, eight of us had the opportunity to spend the weekend at an amazing facility that we have been at before, Birch Bay Ranch.  It is a rustic camp set in the woods that functions as a children’s summer horse camp for the warmer months of the year.  They also open for private functions and other events throughout the year.  We had the privilege of spending three days and two nights at this wonderful place, where the food is all homemade and we are treated like royalty.  There is a log cabin style lodge with a huge fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs and plenty of natural lighting.  Outside on the grounds are a wide variety of outdoor activities as well as horses for riding and one lone llama.

The appeal of going away for a knitting retreat, to me, is the ability to connect with like-minded people who share the same passion for creativity that I do.  I live in a very rural community and miss the regular knitting nights with a group of friends.  I miss being able to talk to people who get excited about the softness of a new yarn or the way colours explode into patterns in a newly knit sock or shawl.  I miss the gossip of who’s knitting what, what classes are being taken, who’s been yarn shopping recently and what the hot new patterns are on Ravelry.  Going away on a knitting retreat, even if it is only every few months, allows me to reconnect with my tribe, my knitta’ sisters, my creativity kin, as it were.  I had lost my knitting mojo for many months and hadn’t picked up my needles or even looked at any of my ongoing work-in-progress projects since autumn.  It is wonderful that something so simple could respark my fire for a craft that I truly love.  I am grateful that Cathy put this group together and that creativity and passion can bring together the most unlikely friends from all walks of life – once again proving that connection through creativity is a language we can all speak.

Please find below a list of links for some of the websites I have referenced above:

The Healing of Rose Quartz

As I discussed in my previous post, Pantone’s Colour of the year 2016 is derived from two colours: Rose Quartz and Serenity.  This discovery re-energized my love of the amazing semi-precious gemstone that is Rose Quartz.

Over the years, I have created many items with this beloved gemstone.  Stitch marker sets for knitting, abacus Row Counter Bracelets, wire-wrapped rings, earrings and jewelry have all been inspired by Rose Quartz.  I also have a wide variety of Rose Quartz pieces in my personal gemstone collection and to this day, I still love the soft, feminine energy of this healing crystal.

Rose Quartz Healing Gemstone Infographic

Rose Quartz is a well know and easily recognized gemstone, seen as the stone of universal love.  It has been known throughout the ages as a symbol of love and beauty and has a wide variety of benefits, both physically and emotionally.  For the physical body, it is thought that Rose Quartz assists in reducing tension and stress, helps to strengthen the heart and circulatory system and enhances sexual function, such as stabilizing menstrual cycle and boosting fertility*.  It is a gentle stone that provides emotional support and comfort to the wearer and helps to increase self-esteem and peace. Rose Quartz is an excellent stone for stress and worry, providing a gentle calmness, as well as enhancing creativity and imagination.

One of my favourite ways to work with this crystal is so simple: I carry a small tumbled piece in my pocket, especially when I know I have a high-stress day ahead or a few worries on my mind.  It is comforting to be able to reach into my pocket and feel the soft, cool stone between my fingers.  It provides me with a reminder to relax and breathe, to let go of stress and anxiety and trust in the process.  I also love working with my Rose Quartz Healing Gemstone Stitch Marker Drops while I’m knitting.  They provide a relaxing feel to the meditative quality that knitting can provide, while helping to encourage my creativity.

I highly recommend to adventure into the world of gemstones.  Today, they can be quite budget-friendly for a wide variety of common crystals in all types of options: tumbled, cut, rough/raw or made into jewelry, stitch markers or ornaments.  I welcome you to contact me for any questions you may have about incorporating healing gemstones into your creative practice.

*These are purely suggestions based on a wide amount of crystal healing research.  This is in no way meant to substitute medical advice.  If you have any problems, please see your doctor or health care provider.

Connecting with Creativity

Ipantone-color-of-the-year-lee-eiseman-quoten keeping with their yearly tradition, Pantone has released its Color of the Year selection for 2016. Unlike previous years, this selection is a combination of two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

As a designer or even as someone merely dabbling in creativity, whatever the medium, this unique combination of colors not only inspires artistic process but also encourages reflection on the reason behind creativity.

Creativity can be a scary topic for so many people.  I have heard countless times “oh, I’m not creative” or “I have no artistic talents”.  Friends are bewildered at how I can nurture a business based on some of the many facets of creativity: knitting, crochet, spinning, fiber-arts. Over time, I have come to recognize that absolutely every single person has the spark of artistry within them.  This spark provides a unique opportunity to connect with others.

I have been blessed to find friends in the oddest and most unlikely places, and to connect, because of creativity.  I have had many friendships blossom in the garden of a common hobby such as knitting or lampwork glass bead making with people who seemingly have nothing else in common with me.  However, through the arts and crafts of creativity, those friendships have deepened and become integral pieces of my life.  I have had the sweetest women come up to me, watching me knit, sparking up a conversation and reminiscing about how they used to knit or crochet as a child.  Men will watch me working at my spinning wheel at a local art show and feel compelled to talk to me about how interesting the mechanics of the wheel is.  Creativity is a form of connection.

Something as simple as a color can energize, invigorate or provoke a spark of inspiration. The same can be said of creativity.  I encourage you to reach out to others, to create a connection with people, to embrace your sparkle and continue to shine!