Creativity

My Creative Month – October/November/December 2016

I have a lot of catching up to do. Sadly, for various reasons, my blog came really short in 2016 and early 2017. It is part of my New Year’s Resolution to change that. So first of all I would like to catch up with all the things I had planned to post about after mid-October but didn’t get around to.

October

October was by far the busiest month—and the one where I did the most in the entire year. It is always a particularly busy month since there is both Halloween and the beginning of a new semester coming up at the end of it.

A lot of things came short last year. Luckily, Halloween (for a change) wasn’t one of them. There were a lot more things that I wanted to do for Halloween, but at the end, I’m pretty happy about what I did get done:

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A New Creative Year 2017

Looking back at the past year, I really don’t know what to think. I wouldn’t exactly say that it was a bad year for some good things did happen, but all in all it left a sour taste. I was ill several times, and there were quite a few things beyond my control that required too much attention.

Of course, as usual, there have been ups and downs. For a change, there has been no lengthy period of time where I couldn’t be creative at all, which was a good thing. On the other hand, a lot of things that I usually do more of came decidedly short this year and not even half of what I had planned got done—at least it feels like it. Continue reading

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My Creative Month – August/September 2016

I know I keep saying this about my months, but August and September have been extremely stressful again, both at work and in my personal life. Especially September. August was a little more quiet at first but got stressful toward the end.

I hate how little time I have for the things I would really like to do, especially how little energy I have left after a long day of work or doing my chores.

On top of everything, I’m still busy preparing my courses. I’m teaching an introduction to psychology this semester and the research for that is really extensive. I’ll think twice next time before I take on something so research intensive as this one. I already started preparing in July, right after the previous semester finished. I still have so much left to do with only one month to go. I’m really starting to panic a little.

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Back To School: DIY Pencil Cases

My first idea for this year’s Back to School DIY were bookmarks, but something drew me to making pencil cases instead. Browsing my local craft store gave me the inspiration I needed:

I created two pencil cases, made out of felt. I didn’t have any instructions, I just spontaneously made them at a whim. Continue reading

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My Creative Month – June/July 2016

June and July were again quite busy months, especially since most of my free time went into course preparations and a couple of other things I had to take care of.

Fourth of July BBQ

My more or less only creative activity for June was planning and preparing my Fourth of July BBQ.

I tried out a lot of new recipes and got some things for decoration. It was a lot of fun. I was quite good with the preparation this time as well. It all got done in due time.

However, it’s the end of July already and I still haven’t gotten around to post about it. Not exactly in line with my resolution to post seasonal posts more timely. Oh, well, I’m working on it…

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My Creative Month – April/May 2016

Bullet Journal

Although I just started with it, the Bullet Journal concept invaded my whole life by and by in under two months. I find that it makes me so much more productive and well organized; and on top of that also feeling like I get so much more done.

I’m still working on my set-up and trying to break old habits of using up as little space as possible. I’d like to give it more room and be a little more creative, especially in my daily planning, because I know that this will keep me doing it in the long run.

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Discovering the Bullet Journal

Toward the end of March, I discovered Bullet Journaling. I had never heard of the concept before until I stumbled across a recommended YouTube video. Don’t you find it scary too how well that little imp can, sometimes, guess what we are going to love?

I have been trying it out since and can say: I really do love it. It filled a void I’ve been latently aware of for a while but never took the time to deliberately tackle. When I saw the Bullet Journal, I instantly knew that this might be something.

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My Creative Month – February/March 2016

February

After somewhat of a creative hiatus in December and January, I used my 2-week vacation in February to get back on track and back into writing on a more regular basis.

I hadn’t even realized before how much I needed this downtime away from a busy life and every-day obligations. It really helps to be someplace else to get your head free.

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Happy Anniversary, Year 3

I love dates for celebration! 😉 Today is another one: The day my blog went online 3 years ago. Amazing how time flies!

As usual, I’d like to use this day to look back at the previous blogging year and ahead to what I’m planning. Continue reading

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My Creative Month – December 2015/January 2016

December and January were again so busy with work and preparations for my course that I hardly had time for being creative, let alone write about it.

 

DIY Jewelry

I can’t really take credit for this. I’d seen this DIY jewelry at craft fairs a couple of times before and finally thought I’d give it a try. I chose the parts and how to combine them, but I’m not made for this fiddly work, so my boyfriend heroically jumped in and did it for me real quick.

They look really nice, but I’m sure I won’t try that again anytime soon.

 

Decorating for Christmas

One big thing in December, of course, was Christmas decoration.

I bought a round glass vase and filled it with all kinds of Christmas stuff: a chain of lights, angel hair, Christmas tree ball ornaments etc.

I needed two tries until I liked the result, but now I think it turned out really nice:

I also got a tree-shaped Christmas plate. Whoever said plates have to be round… 😉

And those tree-shaped Christmas lights I already got last year but I still love them…

 

New Recipe for December

I had a package of low fat curd cheese left and was looking for a recipe to use it up. The almonds I replaced with chocolate flakes. A very good recipe that I’ll definitely add to my collection.

 

Photo Books

I finished my photo book for the year 2015 and started one for a weekend trip we took shortly before Christmas…

For the 2015 book I tried out a new format, this time a quadratic one. I haven’t had them printed yet, so I’m excited to see how this turns out in real life…

As you can see, I’m still into full images on one page.

 

Organizing

I made some significant progress in organizing my room and supplies. There’s still a lot to do, but some progress at last!

 

 

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