Wednesday, March 21, 2007

You, Me, and Creativity

Wednesday is Getting to Know You Day, and Jana, is the host for the month of March!

Let's get started!
YOU choose what to tell me:
List 3 random facts about you, that we will be entertained by:
  1. I met my husband living and working on an island with no electricity or running water
  2. I was almost arrested outside of St. Patrick's in NYC for civil disobedience
  3. In the fall of 1986 the Mets were in the playoffs (on the way to winning the World Series). One night the Giants were on Monday Night Football, at the same time as a Mets vs. Astros game. My dad made it so we could see both: the downstairs tv had the Mets, the upstairs tv was brought downstairs, and had the football game. And because we're totally nutty, we had the sound off and listened to the baseball via the radio and the Mets' regular announcers : )
List 2 things about you, that are important for us to know:
  1. I'm very sensitive
  2. I'm an introvert, and need time alone to recharge

ME! My turn to ask questions!

Do you like board games? What are some favorites? I'm not a big fan of games. I definitely prefer a book, however my kids like games. So I do play Candyland, Monopoly, and lots of games by Cranium. One of theirs that I enjoy a lot is called The Scrambled States of America. I also like some non-competitive games that we have, like Harvest Time and The Secret Door. Ooh, just remembered, as a kid I loved playing Careers and Clue.

What are your non-artistic hobbies? Reading, baking (which is sort of artistic/creative in my mind), cooking.

Do you collect anything? I try not to : ) I suppose you could say I collect books, though I'm pretty good at going through my stash and getting rid of what I don't use anymore. Except cookbooks- I don't give those away LOL. So yeah, I collect cookbooks.

And now, our Creativity:
What types of art do you enjoy creating the most? Scrapbooking and other paper crafting give me a great deal of satisfaction. I did loads of it after my first child turned one, but have not done as much as I'd like since my daughter was born (and she's 5 now!). I do enjoy the creation, the item, but I think I have to say I love the act of creating most of all. So despite not having much to show for it, in the past five years I've done a lot of creating! I do tons of crafty things with my kids. Now that I'm creating things because I want to I'm finding that they are interested in what I'm doing and want to follow my lead as well. Errr, I think I answered the question : ) and then some.

Do you have a type of art that you've always wanted to try, but never done? What is it? I don't consider myself a risk taker per se (like bungee jumping or something) but I do love trying crafts and other things that pose a challenge. I'm learning crochet, though I don't have any completed projects just yet. I think after crochet I'd really like to give quilting a try. I've always thought it involved a lot of rules and things, but I'm seeing so many quilters making postcards, small doll-sized quilts, that I think I've always had the wrong impression about quilting.

Do you have any art "how to" sites that you would recommend to us? What are they? I don't have one particular go-to site for this. I have many crafty/creative blogs on my feed reader, and the posts that interest me are starred and listed on the google reader doohicky in the sidebar. Two blogs I love are Whipup and Craftzine. They both gather links from all over the web- loads and loads of tutorials.


Tammy said...

Oh Careers! I loved that game! My best friend and I played it together when we were roomates! So fun!

angela said...

we've got some similarities!
i loved your tv/radio story - so fun :)

Jana B said...

You were on an island with no electricity or water?? For how long???? OMW!!!!!

Hahaha what kind of "civil disobedience" were you involved in?

"Time to recharge", I like how you put that. To me, I need alone time in order to breathe, to remember who I am in a world that demands me to change & please them.

It's awesome to see how your creativity has grown and changed as your kids grew and changed! Neat!!!!

Kiandra said...

you met your husband on an island...that is sooo cool...i'd like to hear the story of that, almost getting mom would kill me...i can hear her now...."kiandra" *shutter* i wish i can say i was that big of a sports fanatic...although when the lakers are playing, and its poor sensitve stomach is through...i do alot of pacing, and yelling...and jumping
"time to recharge" thanks for putting into words...because that is so me...when my dh gets home, i run for my room, i so need that time to be able to breath...recollect myself.
you like reading and baking too! me too...we should start a reading and baking club!
you should try is so rewarding, yes there are strict quilters...but who says you have to play by the rules...any questions you have...ask away..i'll share all my secrets with you.
i am so happy to meet all of you...soo happy i joined so happy