0041. (7 days: making)
If I had to choose the one thing that I miss most about having my own space, I'd say room to make messes. It's in my blood - my mom is a seamstress/baker/creative genius and when she's working things get crazy, kind of like a tornado just rolled through - at least I know where I get it from. I'm sure there's a way to create things without making a mess but where's the fun in that? And what about the relaxation that comes from cleaning up? We so close! In the meantime I'm making less messy creations, which I will grant are just as fun.
Growing up I always admired my mom, her siblings and my grandparents, they're all makers and I was convinced I was missing the gene. Turns out, like them, I just had to find the need. Because while a commitment to not buying things is unnecessary, it certainly gets my creativity going. I'm constantly asking myself: how can I fix this 'need' without buying anything new? It is absolutely one of the simplest ways to be sustainable: avoid buying new things, use what you already have, upcycle - you get the idea.
And luckily, I've always had an inclination - or fascination - with salvaging and craft supplies so I am well-stocked. I'll be the first to admit though, having the supplies doesn't always mean I put the work in ... I can't tell you how many things I've had on my 'to make' list for years. Welp, that's exactly the point of this challenge.
7 days of: MAKING
Overnight oats - so simple do they even count as making something? (Yup.) With canned coconut milk, bulk oats and spices - it's a low-waste, delicious, and easy breakfast for my work days.
Ohio, luckily I always pack scrap paper. I folded some pages together, found a cereal box in the recycling, added some washi tape siding and my sketchbook need was filled. Once home I added string to keep the pages in place. I love it - it fits in my planning kit, is super light and thin and since I use scrap paper I can add lined, grid or plain pages as needed. Just about perfect!
5) Bin liner.
6) Coffee scrub + cold brew.
art of a thank you package for my dear amiga.
I love, love, love that a sustainable lifestyle gets my creativity going and helps me save along the way. Even though some of these aren't perfect, they're just right and ze best for my wallet and the planet.
I'd love to know - do you like making stuff? Any fun stuff you've made lately? I have lots more on my list so I'm hoping to repeat this challenge soon.
PS. Other things to make.
PPS. Can you even believe that puff ball? Thank goodness for peonies and I wish I could send you the smell.