Being a "maker" feels like it has fewer restrictions. Maybe it appeals to me because I dabble in so many areas that I can't really tie myself down to a single category. I make books, collages, paper crafts, mail art, crocheted blankets, etc.--I'm a maker!
I tend to think of "making" even MORE broadly. After first encountering Kate's project, I made a list of everything I made the very next day, and this is what "counted" for me that day in November:
What did I make today?
- I made a bathroom vanity shine.
- I made a new blog post.
- I made new online connections by joining a Facebook group I just discovered.
- I made my daughter's bed fresh with clean sheets and blankets.
- I made a pile of laundered clothing.
- I made a delicious dinner for my husband from a recipe we both enjoy.
- I made a safe and cozy home for our new rescued kitten.
- I made the startling discovery that my daughters will eat green peas without complaint when every other vegetable causes one or the other to whine pitifully (and I don't even like peas myself!).
- I made a smoothie for my lunch and a percolator full of coffee to enjoy.
- I made an appointment to attend two upcoming art/craft workshops at the library.
- I made a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread.
- I made additional preparations for my daughter's upcoming birthday party.
- I made it on time to drop off and pick up my girls from school.
- I made my bed.
- I made my daughters laugh by being silly.
- I made my daughters think by reading our daily devotion and praying with them.
- I made notes for my adult Sunday school class.
- I made oatmeal granola for breakfast.
- I made a list of things I made today.
That's all in one day, folks! That's a lot of making, when I'm willing to define it broadly.
In that spirit, I am launching my own personal Make It/365! project for 2017. I am in the process of brainstorming 365 things to make throughout the year. (Help a girl out: I'm only in the 200s! I need some more ideas!)
Please join me in being intentional about setting aside 2017 as a year for MAKING! Let's use our hands and the other creative tools at our disposal to bring beauty, life, and imagination into our world. I will include you in my journey, and I hope you will include me in yours in return!
Happy New Year!