I promised that I would run a post today, about "Let's Do Some Good."
So here it is:
My creativity has got up and went, it has left the building. I feel as though I just keep making the same thing over and over again. That just is not creative. Normally, when this funk hits, I simply look around at my supplies to find inspiration, but in looking around, I felt saddened. I have accumulated far too much. I will never use it all, and let's face it, much of it will fall out of style before I ever do use it.
I do not regret any single one of these purchases. Most of the items I have been listing for sale in my etsy supply shop were purchased on fun expeditions with Mr. AJS. Days spent scouring fleas and antiques malls up and down the east coast. Some were a side trip while vacationing. Others were day trips, which always included a lovely dinner and a bottle of wine.
As for the items I am posting for the taking on my blog, most are newish items. For example, the huge lot of 6x6 papers that I offered last week. I love all those papers, that's why I purchased them, but I have never used an entire pack of scrapbook papers. I can only make a certain number of cards, tags, journals... from one design line before becoming bored with it, that's just me.
Experience has taught me that selling grab bag lots of supplies is not my strength. So, rather than waste my time (and $.20 listing fee :0) listing and storing these lots, I was convinced that some of my uber-talented blogging friends might be interested in breathing new life into them. By the response last week, I think I was right. This brings me great JOY!
Physical clutter promotes mental, spiritual, and creative clutter, and at the beginning this mini journey, I already feel as though I can breathe again. Can creativity be far behind?
So why have I linked these free art supplies to charitable giving? This one is simple, my hope is that "Let's Do Some Good" simply reminds us all of the need to be kind, to give from our hearts if not from our pocketbooks, to put goodness into the world and let it spread.
My youngest son and I had a conversation this Summer. He is readying himself for grad school and thinking hard about his future, his part in the world, how he will make a difference. Being in his early 20s, making a difference means something big and hugely impactful. I told him that I have been making, giving and selling my silly little doodads since before he was born, I have easily made over 10,000 pieces by now. If everyone of those little sillies, made one person smile, just once, that's 10,000 smiles and I think that's a pretty big difference.
One final thought, I am by nature a very humble person, I don't take praise well. While I appreciate the lovely comments that have been left regarding the charitable donations, they make me uncomfortable, I am only doing what I should. I would much rather you share a story of kindness when you leave a comment, we could all use more of those.
Goodnight My Dears
& en-JOY Your Blessings,