“Do What You Can, Where You Are, With What You Have”
Some people say I’m crafty – some say I’m scrappy but all I know is that I like to repurpose things in crafty, scrappy ways. I’m a “rejuvenator”. Putting new life into worn out things sends a message. My creations literally do send messages since I tag them with written words, where others are more subtle without the words to give the meaning away.
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have” became my motto and my mantra as a young wife and mother. I would repeat it often in the years to come and it has never let me down. Ideas will start to flow with this simple problem solving technique.
“Do what you can”…right now, in this moment…”Where you are”…you often have just what you need…”With what you have”…look around you. Be still; listen, and the ideas will flow when the need arises – if you let it. It can become a life style and a challenge to create decorations for our houses, toys & costumes for our children & clothes with what we have on hand. Just take a look at it differently.
I can’t say all my creations were good ideas but it’s been said that “mistakes are the portals of discovery”. I found that it is best not to re-use underwear elastic, however, because everyone knows where it came from. I also learned to check out a fabric scrap completely before you cut it up for a doll as it could be an expensive blouse of your daughters that you were going to mend. But working with the mistakes I make often lead to new ideas. My motto has proven to be a good one for me and now I challenge others to do the same. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to put our skills to work with the worn out and forgotten arts and creations of the past.
When I look at the linens and needlework that manage to drift down to me, I am touched that a person spent their time and talents to make something so precious. Displaying them as art then sharing them can create bonds with others that lead to interesting conversations and friendships. It’s a marriage of the Past and the Present in an artful way.
By looking at things in different ways we can create unusual, one of a kind pieces to make our homes cozy and warm. When we do this, a funny thing happens. Our hearts and our lives become cozy and warm too. “Doing what you can…where you are…with what you have will always increase your creativity in making your home more inviting to others.