Living my creative life is near perfect. Birds sing while i paint & draw in a sunny window, i sip coffee while plotting my rising career on the telephone. Dinner is on the table promptly at 6pm every evening and my 4-year-old even sets the table carefully…..
C’mon now, you didn’t think everything in my life was artfully refurbished chairs, and adorably paint-stained overalls and such, did ya?
The truth is, that while my life IS highly creative, i mainly work to my strengths. i paint a lot. i draw. i work on home improvements. i sew and make a pretty stellar Halloween costume come to life each year. But outsiders only see those things, the best foot that i put forward.
Let me assure you, the things i do NOT do well could fill a coffee table book thicker than my portfolio. And i think that’s true of all of us. i mean, nobody can be amazing at everything right? There are way too many skill sets in the world to be mastered and not nearly enough hours in the day or inclination in our hearts to do so! But in the interest of full disclosure of my own creative shortcomings, i want to share with you my most miserable domestic failing.
Its chapter in my coffee table book is titled “Cooking,”
Now, i can make a yummy chocolate chip cookie and i’m not bad at cake decorating. But other than that, i have no business being in the kitchen. i readily admit that my husband actually bakes my cakes for me most times, and he pretty much handles dinner around here as well. But in an effort to expand my creativity and try to learn a little something outside my comfort zone, i’ve taken on a little project.
It’s called the Baking Powder project.
Why baking powder? Well, because i’ve never owned any of the stuff in my life and just recently had to buy a canister to attempt biscuits from scratch. (i was forced into it! don’t ask.) And now that i have a big ol’ canister, i thought i may as well start using it!
Baking Powder is a pretty unique muse, i think.
i’ve learned a lot about what not to do, as in the case of my attempts at pie pastry (disaster) and scones (more like ankle weights). But we won’t talk about that. Hey, i’m trying! My biggest success so far has been pancakes from scratch, which, to be honest, i didn’t even think existed. Everybody uses Bisquick, right? Right.
Well, i’ll tell you. My family agrees that my effort produced the “best pancakes ever!” i was so proud! i even dusted off the empty recipe card box my mom had given me many christmases ago and wrote out my first recipe card!
The lesson here? Creativity is completely relative. These pancakes are the height of true creativity for me. i created them, from nothing. Cool! i mean, my artwork is an extension of me. i barely think about it when i’m doing it. But the pancakes took effort. It might be the exact opposite for some of you. It’s all relative.
Allowing my little yellow can of Baking Powder to be my muse, my motivation, has provided me with a new outlet for creativity. i think it could work for anyone. What would your muse be? A tube of oil paint? A new set of rubber stamps? A stenciling kit? It’s pretty fun to find out! i highly recommend it.
For me, i’ll still let my husband make dinner every night, but whenever he gets a hankering for pancakes, watch out!
baking powder graphic courtesy blisstree.com