Reflecting Creative Personalities #DIY Home Decor

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.
weekone gorilla mask

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 am a walrus
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?

Artist | Freelance Writer 

Grace Hodgin is a clay sculptor with art displayed in the U.S. and Europe. When Grace is not sculpting, she is writing articles on grand-parenting and raising creative children. Grand-parenting is an important role in the eyes of Grace and encourages grandparents to remain active in the lives of their grandchildren by inspiring their imagination and nurturing creativity. She loves living in her 2 room cottage nestled near the Ocala National Forest watching her husband throw pottery in the company of their rescue cat, Oliver Twist, Senegal Parrot, Nhee Ghee, and their African Side Neck Turtle, Atlas.


11 comments for “Reflecting Creative Personalities #DIY Home Decor

  1. April 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    It’s always a good idea to have something that will help you unwind! That is important for sanity in the long run.

  2. April 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I absolutely love working with clay. Always have, from the moment i discovered the clay wheel. I need to get back into it! Nicely done.

  3. April 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Wow great mask Grace! I need to find a way to let my creative side show more.

  4. April 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I love to make crafty things but just like you, I struggle with setting aside time. I know that I feel much happier when I’m regularly crafting.

    Your masks are awesome! What an amazing skill you have.

    I think we should both create more and let the housework suffer, LOL.

  5. April 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Wow that mask is cool. I have trouble letting go of work and just having a good time.

  6. April 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    These are all great tips! I really need to find more time to be creative. It relaxes me. I just have a hard time justifying working it into my schedule.

  7. April 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    GREAT tips!!! I have to say that Gorilla Mask is Phenomenal!

  8. April 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    That mask is amazing! Unwind, when I do I feel guilty but I know I need it. The things at home I do is just games on my phone or watch DVR’ed shows, often reruns that I love. If I can get away, the beach calms me with the sand between my toes.

  9. Sam
    April 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Me time is always hard for me but I love to run to just escape and unwind

  10. April 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I unwind by working out!! I wish I was a crafty, DIY type of person, but that gene totally skipped me!! I love the gorilla mask!

  11. April 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    That is an awesome mask! I usually read- but i do love being creative with my hands.

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