When you come across a cardboard box, what do you see?
For many, the answer will be a box. Others will see a container in which to store things.
For crafters, the answer is possibilities.
That wonderful cardboard container can be transformed into hundreds of fun and fabulous things.
A shoebox is a perfect size for a desk caddie or mini dolls house.
The lid can be transformed into a fun marble maze.
Larger boxes offer even more opportunities.
A few weeks ago I was cleaning the art storeroom at work and came across a huge box that had contained a large pedestal fan.
I immediately became excited at the possibilities and instead of throwing it out, brought it home. I transformed it into a play shop for the Goddesses, complete with an opening counter top. That little bit of creativity earned me lots of extra hugs and kisses.
CRAFT YOUR WAY TO SEEING POSSIBILITIES
During a recent walk with Hubby, I saw some pine tree leaves on the ground.
I didn’t actually see pine tree leaves, I saw hula skirts, so I started collecting the leaves to bring home for a fun craft project.
Last week, four-year-old Goddess asked: “Please Grandy, can I have a mini telescope without the paper?”
As someone who has been crafting since before she could walk, this Goddess, like the others, doesn’t see a toilet paper roll – she sees a possibility.
PEGS, TONGS, AND MORE LEAVES
A few days later she was playing with some clothes pegs when she said we should make some craft with them.
I asked what she thought would be a good craft and she held one peg in each hand, opening and closing them, and said “a crab”.
Last year, the five-year-old Goddess was helping me put dishes away when she came across some small tongs and suggested we use them for a craft.
As the silicon tips were deteriorating and I was planning on getting rid of them anyway, I agreed.
Once again, I left the project idea up to her and she came up with an ingenious idea to make snapping crocodiles.
Yesterday, the three-year-old Goddess picked up a leaf from a large Jade plant and asked if we could use it for a craft.
I asked her what we should make.
She said it would make a good eye. I said we’d need two if we were going to make a person and she replied that we should make an alien because they have one eye.
I realise I’m slightly biased :), but I think these ideas are brilliant from such young minds.
In my Wacky Workshops school of arts and crafts for kids, I could easily spot the children who regularly made crafts.
Their imaginations were better, as well as their fine motor skills, and their confidence.
Those kids were not intimidated about trying new things and coming up with wacky ideas for projects.
They could see the possibilities in everything which is a skill that will serve them all their lives.
CRAFT YOUR WAY TO SEEING OPPORTUNITIES
The ability to think creatively means you can find solutions and opportunities more easily.
It makes the world feel extra exciting because a toilet paper roll is not just a roll. It is a telescope, binoculars, or a sweet little fairy house.
The boring box becomes a game, a fun toy, a clever storage solution.
A boring job becomes a learning opportunity and a chance to gather stories.
Household chores become a game with rewards (freshly cut flowers?) for reaching the finish line.
Every person has the ability to think creatively but it takes training and practice to open your eyes to the possibilities in everything.
TRAIN TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX – AND TRANSFORM IT
That is where crafting comes in. The more you make, the more you start the see the possibilities. This thinking flows on to other parts of your life like your business and your relationships. You can craft your way to a better life.
I’m not talking about painting, though that also has benefits.
It’s not about following a set pattern or specific instructions to sew, or knit, or build.
It is about seeing the possibilities to turn everyday items into something different.
I’m talking about training your mind to think outside the box, so you can transform it.
Many refuse to acknowledge the creative side to them.
Sometimes it is a desire for perfection that holds them back or the belief they can’t do it right. (One of my favourite things about arts and crafts is there is no ‘right’).
Some claim they haven’t the time and yet if they realised the benefits, they would see it as an essential part of their training to be more effective in business, and in life.
HOW TO CRAFT YOUR WAY TO A BETTER LIFE
If you don’t automatically see the telescope in the toilet paper roll or the hula dancer in the leaf, you could challenge yourself to one small project each week. It will dramatically change the way you see things around you.
Sometimes it’s helpful to look at pictures to gain ideas if you haven’t spent much time crafting. However, in time, you will start to see the possibilities in everything.
I’m putting out a challenge this week. Find a stick or sticks, and see how you can transform them. Read my posts Making These Fairy Furniture Projects is a Walk in the Park and How to Turn Sticks into Wonderful and Useful Objects to get some ideas.
I’d love to see your creations and if you want to share them, add them to the comments below or share to my Facebook page.
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Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.