One of the things that I promised that I would do with this transition is to feed the creative side of my family. I am not really very creative. I have moments of inspiration that are fueled by Pinterest and that is about as good as my creativity goes. With that being said, I have made creativity one of my missions for my family. Of course, there are many ways to be creative. To be creative is to create. One can make almost anything. I can make dinner. The sheer act of making dinner is creating a meal. Now if I was to be judged on the uniqueness of the meal and how different it was from the meal the previous day, you would say I am not very creative. However, I digress from the real reason for my post today.
I believe that we all have within us an innate desire to create, to make and to leave little pieces of ourselves behind. I would like to foster this in my children. I want them to not be afraid to show off their creative sides. I want them to be willing to share, even if it is something seemingly little and insignificant. I also want them to realize that creating does not have to be expensive or always on a grand scale.
This past weekend, we celebrated five birthdays. We had already decided that the gift of choice would be money. I know, not much thought or creativity with that, don’t judge,. You’ll find it’s my gift of choice frequently. We can talk about that more at a later date. I wanted to do something a little different than the standard card so I went to my Pinterest page and found a craft that I had been wanting to try. The card I originally pinned came from The Happy Scraps. I had pinned it 3 years ago. The only part of the original pin that I copied was the money rolled up into a candle, everything else was my own design/idea. I borrowed my sister’s cricut and found a cupcake pattern and then figured out how to cut the name of the individual out of the center and then I glued the two pieces together. This made the base. I then took the money and rolled it around a toothpick so that it would be a tight roll. I let the roll open up just enough so the toothpick would come out and then I wrapped washi tape around the lower half of the roll. I cut a flame out of paper and put it on top of the money candle and there you have it, a simple, card that we made together. Nothing grand or elaborate but a creative endeavor indeed.