4 Simple Things that Helped Me Rediscover My Creativity

Hiiiiiiiiiii. It’s almost like I just woke up from a blogging nap — a little groggy, some sheet wrinkle marks on my face, getting my bearings — but I do feel nice and refreshed!

I kind of want to just blab for a few minutes about creativity, creative process and some things that have been helping me step out of my comfort zone a bit. I don’t know if anyone can identify with this process I’m in, but I would really love for you to share your own experience and give your wonderfully unique input in the comments.

mrspriss creative process flower box

I’ve been experimenting and trying some new things creatively and it’s been kind of an adventure. A few years back, I wrote this rage filled post… and then this OTHER rage filled post about Pinterest and how I felt like it was stealing my artistic voice, making me want to punch throats and burn down the Pinterest headquarters or something along those lines.

At the time, I remember feeling very frustrated with the whole Pinterest concept because I was seeing thousands upon thousands of people’s work, art, ideas and daily it left me feeling like I was a stinky fart cloud in comparison. It didn’t feel like I had much else to contribute because everyone else had already covered all the bases. So I threw a little hissy fit for a few years and lost the joy of crafting. I was very defeated. I know it sounds dramatic… it was fantastically dramatic. But it was also very revealing of a bad root in my heart.

The bottom line is: I didn’t feel like my stuff held a candle to what was already created. Looking back, I can also see that I was placing too much of my identity in the things I made. That made me feel like a copycat, a failure, and one faceless depressed crafter in a sea of flourishing artistic dolphins. I don’t know, don’t dolphins seem majestic and joyful and just straight up content with who they are? I didn’t feel that at all.

mrspriss creative process felt flowers

Can you remember being a kid and just being completely proud with whatever you made? My kids love to draw, paint, build legos, build forts, etc. and when they show me something they created, the joy is evident on their sweet faces. They are tapping into who they really are and in those moments, they are thriving! As their mama, I love seeing it happen. I want them to feel that joy all the time! I remember this simple memory of sitting with my friends on the playground and making daisy chain bracelets for each other. That’s a memory which takes me back to a completely pure feeling of creativity, without any comparison, without any fear, without any defeat. Just a group of little girls talking about Jonathan Taylor Thomas or whoever and making bracelets for each other. No one cared that we were all making the same exact thing — there was just joy in the process of making something.

mrspriss creative process color swatches

I shared a little a while ago about how I was trying to break out of the familiar and trying something new in the form of watercolor. I have to admit, I abso-freaking-hated the things I painted at first. There was cringing, crying and crumpling of paper involved. Obviously, I took my supposed failure very personally, believing that because I didn’t make something perfect, I wasn’t worth much. But I reluctantly kept at it. Over time, I started just enjoying the simple act of painting. I’m finding that when I’m in that mindset of not performing, not striving to be perfect, not putting pressure on myself to make something unique and not comparing my stuff to everything else that’s out in the world, there’s no pressure and I actually make some pretty amazing stuff. The peaceful mindset is EVERYTHING. Being content with just being me brings that element of uniqueness to the things I make because duh, I’m the only me on the Earth. I couldn’t appreciate the great things I was already doing because I wasn’t recognizing my own value. I couldn’t see that, as simple as it is!

flower crown

It is such a relief to have some of those comparative mindsets starting to be severed because I can’t truly be happy for anyone else or celebrate anyone else’s art, creativity or life victories in general if I’m constantly in that state of frustration toward myself. So yeah. That’s where I am at the moment. It’s very new and I still catch myself looking to the right and the left and have to internally smack myself a little, reminding myself that I’m in my own lane. There are no limits in my own lane because it’s only me and the open road ahead!

Simply put, these are the things that have helped me rediscover the joy in creativity:

  1. Remembering which activities brought me joy as a child
  2. Creating something new, different and challenging every once in a while
  3. Throwing mindsets of comparison and defeat STRAIGHT out the window
  4. Appreciating my unique qualities and giftings which help me to thrive right where I am!

Now I want to hear about you!

  • Would you say you’re a creative person?
  • What do you love to do, make, create?
  • Where do you find inspiration?
  • How do you overcome creative ruts?

I would think most of you would say you’re creative, even if you think it’s on a minimal level. If you’re not one to identify with that, please feel free to chime in anyway! I’d still like to hear from you in the comments about what you like to do for fun and maybe it’ll spark the rest of us to think outside the box and find new inspiration! xoxo

Dollar Tree Finds Part 2: Arts & Crafts

See Part one here: Weekend Dollar Tree Finds

Hello dears! I have some more great Dollar Tree finds from a recent trip. This time, it’s all craft supplies!

Dollar Tree Finds Mrs Priss Floral Tape

Adorable floral fabric tape — makes my heart go pitter patter.

Dollar Tree Finds Mrs Priss Kids Craft Supplies

I was very impressed with the selection of arts and crafts supplies for kids (…aaaaand adults who have no shame in their crafting game). That assortment of modeling clay! ONE DOLLAR for all those colors. I mean, I have no idea what to do with it, but I couldn’t resist. We’ll figure it out. I bought the beads and thread for Maddie to make some friendship bracelets.

Dollar Tree Finds Mrs Priss Pom Poms

Pom poms — again, with the no plan or purpose for these things. Ideas?

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss

My recent tutorial for these Easy Floral Letters used flowers I bought on this shopping trip. I didn’t find ALL of these flowers there, but most of them! Those sunflowers, large hot pink and purple flowers… nice sized bunches for a buck. You really can’t beat it.

Have you found anything great at your dollar store lately? Let us all know in the comments!

Currently Crafting: Felt Succulents & Glitter Hoarding

What’s everyone been crafting lately? I want to see!

Since Ruthie was born, it has been kind of hard to get back into the swing of things on many many levels, but especially creatively. I went for several solid months there doing absolutely nothing, getting caught up in exhaustion and yadda yadda. I couldn’t figure out why I felt so bleh until it dawned on me that I had no creative outlet. Man, I really didn’t realize how much art affected me until I wasn’t making any!

Anyway, last year I started playing around with watercolor and I really enjoy it. I’ve never taken a class and don’t get a ton of time to practice, but every once in a while during nap time… oh it’s on like Donkey Kong. It’s quite therapeutic, actually.

I used to do a lot of felt projects, as seen around here in the DIY section, so recently I busted out my stash and decided to try something new that I’ve been wanting to make for a few years…

felt succulents

I love how they turned out, but I’mma be real… they took for-freaking-ever. That was like 6 hours of hand-cut felt adult labor right there. A few hours in, I remembered why I had hidden the stash of felt in the garage.

this took forever

I saw these labels on Etsy and thought they were appropriate. Eh, who am I kidding, I’ll make more felt succulents at some point in the near future. I do love them.

glitter stash

The other thing I’ve been weird about lately is buying chunky glitter just because I can. I have absolutely no plans for this stuff, but you know how it is when you’re at the store and something just calls to you.

Morgan, buy me.

Morgan, hold me.

Morgan, glue me on stuff.

glitter bottles

I mean. Those bottles with the little corks! Would it be weird to display them in my house? Like on the shelf in the living room, next to photos of my children? I bought these at Target in a 4 pack and… oooh dear Lord, just checked Target.com they have more sets in other colors. Come to mama.

Okay this is getting weird, even for me. So yeah. What are you making lately? I really would love to know!