Thank God for the gift of Creativity!!! Without it, I couldn't be happy. It doesn't happen all the time this creative burst of energy, but when it does, it creates a calm in me that cannot be described. I have always had this side of me, and I have done many creative things in my life - from sewing, to embroidering, stencilling, home decorating, photography, and tile designing!! And I definitely know which things I can do well, and which I have absolutely no talent for (like drawing and flower arranging!!!) I go in spurts with these activities and many I don't enjoy doing anymore (like sewing and embroidering)...but the important thing for me is having an outlet to create SOMETHING! These times allow me to relax and to escape into my own little world for awhile. There's nothing wrong with my real world, but I find out that when I allow myself these times to create, I am calmer and more focused on everything. And I am blessed that my family understands this about me and they give me the time and encouragement to do MY thing!
Right now, I am in the tile decorating mode! I am designing tiles for three end tables, and I am having a ball! I only wish that I had more time to dedicate to it because I have the desire to work on it all the time. In fact, I would be working on it right now if I had more than 15 minutes of free time :(
This is the point I am at right now: I have designed my tiles and have outlined them with black wax resist. The next step will be to fill in the glazes. Once that is done, the tiles will be fired in the kiln with the result (hopefully) being brightly color glazed tiles which will be set onto the table.