You don't have to look very far these days, in newspapers, magazines, tv or radio, to notice that everyone is now talking about "making and doing". Now we are in recession/credit crisis, whatever you wish to call it, there are articles springing up everywhere, advising us how to "make this, or do that". Well a lot of people I know, including me, have always been making and doing.
I was fortunate enough to be taught from a very early age, how to make and do. Both my parents were creative and inventive, and thanks to them I learnt a lot. During their lifetimes, their creative talents were born out of necessity. Living through the war and the years beyond were quite hard for them and many others, and due to their thrift, ingenuity and talents wonderful creations were made.
My father was very creative with wood, making us wonderful toys, like a rocking horse, dolls houses with all the furniture, a fort, a garage, and countless jigsaws and puzzles.
He was also an avid collector of stamps, labels and other various items.
My mother was creative with a needle, sewing, knitting and crochet, was a wonderful cook and baker.
I like many other people have a lot to thank my parents for. They opened up my eyes and my world to all the creative inspirations that anyone can have.
I'm also lucky to have a husband who is very creative and talented, and both our children (who aren't children any more) are creative too. Maybe they'll be passing it on to their children, I do hope so.