Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wanted: creative outlet

I love reading other people's blogs. It is one of my favorite ways to pass the time. I can spend an embarrasing amount of time reading blog after blog. I just love to get a glimpse into other people's lives...what is going on in the lives of my friends and family, what complete strangers are creating or loving (or as the beloved Pioneer Woman would say, what makes their skirts fly up!). I am truly amazed as to what women out there are doing. The ways that the Lord has blessed these women is truly inspiring and can be somewhat humbling.

I have always felt as though I was a creative person. I am fairly crafty- scrapbook paper and modge podge are two of the best things ever. I can even handle a glue gun without scorching my skin or anything else around me. Growing up I loved nothing more than to create, whether it be drawing, painting, dancing, writing, if I could use my imagination I was there. Somewhere along the way I lost a little of that. I still have this huge desire to be creative and to find the right outlet to release that desire, but I just am not flowing with the same creative juices. I think when I became a boring old grown-up with a real job, I started ignoring my inner creative genius and now she is not sure how to get out. So this is a goal for mine in 2011...to fall in love with creating again. I have lots of ideas in my head but I do not have all the tools to turn them into something tangible...yet. I love to learn new things and I have a long list of things I want to learn. So in no particular order, here are a few things I hope to learn how to do:

*sew- I cannot sew for the life of me...not even a button. My mom is a great seamstress and you would think I would have learned this domestic skill from her...but no such luck. I just take my coats and shirts to her to fix! So I want to learn how to sew so that I can sew my own buttons back on, and make pillows, and curtains, and cute baby clothes when that need arises:)

*graphic design- I would love to be able to create cards, art prints, etc. but I have a LOOONNNGG way to go for this one considering that I cannot even customize my blog design yet!! I do not like to attempt things that I am not good at immediately, but I am determined to learn how to do this one. I just think it would be so handy!

*cake decorating- I want my cupcakes to look like the ones on cupcake wars....with the pretty, puffy frosting and fancy details.

I think I will stop there before I start getting stressed out by all the things I hope to learn! My goal is to learn at least one of these skills by summertime....I shall keep you posted!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Twinkle Lights...

I have been wanting to start a blog for a long time now but for the life of me I could not think of a name for a blog. I realize this seems like a trivial reason to not start blogging, but to me it felt like naming a child. This name would be associated with this blog for forever, would be written in a very cute font in huge letters at the top for all to see, so it had to be a good one! So after months of deliberation...I finally bit the bullet during our Snowpocalypse of 2011....because lets face it, I was bored. So here she is....twinkling of lights....my first blogging experience. I will come back to the name in a minute though.

I haven't quite decided what I want the purpose of this blog to me. Should it be my take on "life"? I am not one to be overly opinionated or political, so what would that even be??? Witty and comical stories about my own life? I feel as though this would be a very boring blog if that was the case. So for now, it will be whatever i feel like:) Which brings me back to the name...if you know me well you know that I LOVE twinkle lights. Christmas is one of my favorite times of year for many reasons, but one main reason is because stores and shopping centers get all pretty with thousands of twinkle lights. I feel like Meg Ryan had the right idea in "You've Got Mail", when life gets tough, all you need is more twinkle lights! Pretty, glittering lights shining in the night sky...sigh...it just makes everything better. Life is all about how you choose to look at things and I choose to add more twinkle lights:)!