homemade home: why I make as much as I can
We had one final cookout with our friends in Maine and I used the new screen-printed napkins I made. The experience made me all happy inside: slowing down, spending time with friends and using something that I made with my own hands. Which made me think about why I love being surrounded by things that are handmade.
And this is what came to me: handmade feels like tapping into an era before fast-paced living and instant messaging, back when learning and making took time. At least more time than downloading a youtube video.
Because slowing down is vital to creativity. Counterintuitively, rushing slows he process down. Ideas and inspiration cannot be forced or made under a deadline. Production can, but the deep ideas can't. Creative ideas are like stalactites, forming one drip at a time.
Sure I can get more done in my life by rushing around knocking things off the "to do" list, but I'm not going to live deeply or feel fulfilled. And most importantly, I'm not going to be creatively abundant. Which would be a major bummer, because nothing is more satisfying than bringing creativity into my life and home.