My Creative Process

Welcome to the final week of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood by Lucy H. Pearce which has been’s Hottest New Release in Motherhood for the past week!
Today’s topic is The Creative Process. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. 

I’m about to tell you a secret….I *LOVE* being creative. There’s no fancy goings on with my process. When I was a teen we had a Mother Daughter Banquet, and I made a Victoria Secret inspired basket. I filled it with lotions, body spray, body wash, etc. The basket was the real prize. I took an old brown wicker basket from my room and used some of my moms lace and ribbons. It was pink and white(of course it was pink!) I won first place for that basket and I think about it often. I remember sitting in my room envisioning the finished product and I just got to work. I used regular Elmer’s glue to hold everything in place. Wish I had a picture of that basket.When I decide to knit something, I’ll either look for patterns on Ravelry, my knitting friends blogs, or Pinterest. If I want to go with the flow, I’ll get a picture in my mind of the finished product and get to work. I almost always stick with the original yarn chosen for my project, and after 2-3 rows in I can tell if I’m going to like the finish product. If I do then I keep going, if not, I frog it and try something different. knitting-the mahogany way

There’s this red window frame that I really want to put up in the living room. It was originally a blueish color when I found it on the side of the road last summer. Took a can of red spray paint to it and that was it. I have the perfect idea for it now! Chalkboard paint. I’m going to cut a piece of cardboard to fit the window and paint it with chalkboard paint, and then I’m going to write something witty about myself and the kids in each frame. It will hang right above my computer desk when it’s done.
See, perfect example of my creative process.

I’m realizing how much I’ve missed this side of myself. I love to decorate, create, make things my own. It feels good. Feels natural…like that’s what I’m supposed to do.
One of the things that blocks my creative process is lack of money. There are so many things I want to do, but it cost money to get the supplies. I love thrift stores and garage sales, but sometimes projects call for brand new materials. I think part of my creative process is working with what I’ve got, and right now I’ve got limited funds, so in addition to thrifting and garage sales, we’ll add coupons and stumbling on amazing sales to my creative tool box.

Thinking of all the things I want to create has me itching to visit the nearest craft store now!

Like I said, no fancy process here, just me being me.

What does your creative process look like?

p.s. While we’re talking about creating. The winner of the Black Raspberry Cowl I created is…. Gleni! Congratulations! I hope my cowl keeps you nice and warm this winter.


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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud looks at the common lies we tell ourselves about creativity in The Eternal Summer of the Creative Mind.
  • Caitriona at Wholesome Ireland – from start to new beginnings.
  • Hannah M. Davis writes about Unleashing Your Authentic Voice. So many of us would love to write a life-changing book. How do you get over the blocks and barriers that hold you back? 
  • Sylda from Mind the Baby compares her creative process to a maelstrom of weather warnings.
  • In “As an Artist”, Lucy Pierce at Soulskin Musings offers a poem about how the creative process beckons her through many of the archetypes of womanhood.
  • Jackie Stewart at talks about how creativity is opening up a space for the unknown to reveal itself to you in ‘Creativity Flourishes in the Sacred Unknown’.
  • Alex at Art of Birth shares some practical tips on how you can unlock your creative goddess within!
  • Nicki at justlikeplay shares a love letter to her muse.
  • Marija Smits has a conversation with her muse and reflects on the difficulties of catching and creating from the Goddess of Inspiration.
  • Zoie at TouchstoneZ reflects on her creative process.
  • Licia Berry, Illumined Arts “Creativity and Healing are Ideal Partners”. The creation of visual, musical, or expressive arts is the quickest, most effective and painless way to heal.
  • Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak – My creative process and how to break creative blocks.
  • Ali Baker talks about connecting
    with the call of the wolf when she cries to us to do so means giving
    our time and permission to honour the creative process within all of us.
  • Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush reflects on her creative process.
  • KatyStuff thinks that projects need time to mature, that is why she is a fabric and craft hoarder. 
  • Aimée at Creativeflutters goes into her creative process and looks at what makes things tick or flop in “Spontaneous She – How to Keep Your Muse at Work”.
  • Kae at The Wilde Womb muses about her common creative blocks as a parent and how she systematically breaks through them.
  • Angela at Peach Coglo tries to get comfortable with her own creative process. 
  • Biromums write about their creative processes.
  • Dawn at The Barefoot Home believes the creative process can’t be taught it has to come organically and at its own pace.
  • Tara at Aquamarine Art began uncovering her lost inner artist over 5 years ago and shares her experiences and inspirations in “From Spark to Bonfire: The Evolution of A Creative Process.”
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way examines her own creative process.
  • Sharron at Adventures on the mindful path writes and creates in between (and sometimes while) chasing two little boys and a puppy.  
  • Laura at Authentic Parenting reflects on her creative process.
  • Georgie at Visual Toast explores what the creative process looks like for her.