July always makes me think about creativity, play and having fun outside. I recall the lake cottages my family owned when I was a kid, offering us years of summers where we could get away and swim, boat, fish, hike or, on cooler or rainy days, play board games, cards or make art. As kids we always managed to have fun using our imagination to create things that are now some of my fondest memories. One rainy weekend I sat down with my two nieces, ages 9 and 10 at the time and from modeling clay we made all kinds of animals and characters inspired from The Muppets. We were totally absorbed in making these creatures, their clothing and other accessories. We displayed them on the fireplace mantle where they stayed for years until the cottage was sold. Not only did the three of us have fun creating these, everyone looking at them over the years felt the spark we felt when making them.
What inspires your creativity? What would you like to do and have fun? I was watching Joyce Meyer on TV today where she talked about how everyone has a special gift that no one else has. I am not too good at painting, but crafting something from raw materials, not too bad. Why stop the creative fun we had as kids just because we’re grown up? Maybe this is just what we need to stay young – play like a kid!
I hope you will be inspired by the ideas in this issue…a whopping 26 pages! May it ignite your passion to create something wonderful. Get out the paint brush, the old typewriter, your sewing machine, knitting needles, or crochet hook. Perhaps there’s a musical instrument in the closet? Whatever your passion is, grab it. Get busy tapping your right brain, and enjoy the creative universe that awaits you!