How Do You Unwind?
Setting aside time for creative moments is a great way to reduce stress and relax. Using those creative projects for #DIY home decor is an added bonus.
My creative moments come through working with clay and making things for our home.
Our remodeling is slow since we are not going into debt and doing everything ourselves. Sometimes it is hard to etch out time for creative moments that I’m using in our decor.
Appoint a Day and Time
Often it is easy for me to push the ‘me’ time aside and meet deadlines I must keep. I have found that by setting aside one day to work with clay helps me to de-stress and feel like I’m accomplishing some goals for our #DIY home decor. Working with clay has always been relaxing to me and seeing my inner visions come to life in clay is rewarding as well.
We have a large brick wall with a fireplace in the center. I decided to use that space to reflect our personalities and passions. We thought clay masks would be fun.
We love animals and especially have a heart for those that are endangered of extinction. We choose a few to support. Gorillas seem to have been hunted unmercifully. I did several educational posts and learned a lot more about them.
I made a mask to display on our wall to represent our appreciation for these gentle giants.
Play Without Guilt
It is often easy to remind myself that there are other things I really should be doing. Writing takes a lot of time so I try and write when my husband is at work so I can be finished and spend time with him. Also we are remodeling so that is extra time we spend working.
Taking time for myself is important as it gives me an opportunity to pursue my passions and tap into my creative flow. De-stressing helps me when getting back into my normal routine of work and I have noticed that ideas start flowing better when taking a break from the normal routine of work. It is a great way to nurture my creativity and inspire my imagination.
Set Reasonable Goals
Although I would love to work in clay every day it is not something I can do and get other things finished on time. I made a goal to have a kiln load every two weeks. I don’t add pressure to myself by adding a short deadline and it is a very easy goal to accomplish since my husband is a wheel throw potter and makes things to be fired and my friend brings things to fire as well in the kiln.
Here is this weeks mask that will go into the kiln:
I just sculpted something from my imagination on this mask and put a Walrus in the center of the forehead. Walruses were honored and in lots of totems in arctic tribes.
In many tribes walruses were believed to be keepers of wisdom and secrets.
I have read that when a walrus comes into your view it is guiding you to:
Hug a person you love
– Take time to spend a day with a close friends
– Meet with people that are like minded and discuss topics of interest
– To take the path of least resistance
I think the list is a great thing to follow and keep in mind each time I see my mask over the fireplace. I think any room decor should make you feel positive or bring a special memory or reminder to mind. I made the tongue sticking out to remind myself that sometimes it is best just to stick my tongue out at life and laugh!
I haven’t decided what colors to glaze this mask. The glaze will really make it stand out so I was to give careful thought to the colors I use.
So what is something you like to do to relax and be creative?