Frau Renner’s Theory of Creativity

A very dear quilter friend of mine has commented that she can’t understand how I just stopped quilting years ago. To this, I had no real answer. It just seems that with me, my creativity is flighty; I like to try new things.

I go through phases–I’ll crochet, then not pick up a crochet hook for years. Instead, I’ll cross-stitch. Or spin yarn. Or just go a book-reading binge. Or–hopefully–write, which I consider this blogging to be part of.

Lately, I have begun collecting scarves–mostly silk. I was in the midst of learning fun new ways to wear them (in an attempt to start dressing like a lady of my age) when my friend Susie started selling Paparazzi jewelry.

Now, I have tried my hand at selling things myself, with poor results. I don’t even push my books that much because I didn’t write them to make money but rather to fulfill my life’s dream of becoming a (mult-award-winning, but that’s a bonus!) historical fiction author.

Admittedly, I am not big on jewelry. I’m surprised my earlobe’s piercing haven’t closed up. I have more necklaces tangled in my jewelry box than I know what to do with. I despise bracelets–hate how they slide up and down my arms.

But I like to help a friend out.

So when Susie started selling the jewelry, I hadn’t planned on buying anything. But then it occurred to me; I could utilize the rings and bracelets with my hair and scarves! And so while the Muses remain quiet about my writing, teasing me with juicy morsels here and there, I have been having fun combining rings and bracelets with my scarves and hair!

And yes, I do consider that a form of creativity. Which leads me to my theory (which may not be the case for everyone. Some find their passion in 1 or 2 things and stick with those creative outlets). I am a Creative Grazer—ooo, I like that term! I am always creative, even when I am not writing (or crocheting, or spinning, or whatever). Thus, my Theory of Creativity is:

If inspiration to write is lacking, my creativity is still alive and well; it just spills into another outlet!

Surely I am not alone out there.

Are there any other Creative Grazers out there?

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