I would think of myself as an arty person, in the sense of someone who loves the arts. I enjoy artistic expression in its many forms. A date at the museum, the movies, an art gallery, the theatre or the ballet and I am sold! Music is a bit more hit and miss with me. I’ve never been a huge music fan and I would possibly prefer a night at the ballet than at a concert. More on this another time maybe, but, yes, I know music is so amazing! I’m just an anomaly, don’t mind me.
Having worked for years with incredibly talented journalists, art directors and stylists I have never really perceived myself as being that creative. I would keep scrapbooks of ideas and writings, but these were to be for my eyes only. Then came Little Miss G. After her came my redundancy and therefore my current leave from magazine land and some of its self-important characters. One magazine editor with whom I worked years ago told me off once for writing in a diagonal way on a colleague’s leaving card. It is apparently quite vulgar. Well, my new audience has no such
weirdness quirks, thank God!
These days my audience for creative ideas is a cute 2 year old girl, who is often easily impressed and frankly up for anything. With Amazon as my friend and a trip to the local supermarket and art shop to get a few bits, I thought I would give craft a go. I have never done craft (or painting, drawing, baking, cooking etc) with my own
art adverse working mum so I was pretty much stepping into unchartered territory, but this is what kids do to you.
We started with stamping, then tried painting, then we glued some cotton wool balls onto our Christmas creations. We both had a lot of fun and did not care too much about the end creations. Well, actually, we ended up loving them and sticking them up in the kitchen, in a manner that would make said editor possibly feel that he had enough ground to fire me on the spot for insult to decency.
This morning we were supposed to go somewhere but the weather is proverbially frightful so we got our paints out and made some more cards and decided to get really stuck in with handprints and glue and sequins. Little Miss G is ever so proud of her creations and I have actually enjoyed it a lot more that I could ever believe it possible.
This motherhood journey is truly full of unexpected turns and twists! I am still adverse to houses packed full of toys and two thirds of Little Miss G’s toy collection is ‘on holiday’ in black boxes at any given time. Too much ‘stuff’ around would just drive me nuts. Mean mum, I know! Having said that, I also thought that I would never do craft or bake, yet in the last couple of months I have actually done both things, so you never know, I guess.
Disclaimer: For those of you who know me, don’t worry just as yet. The idea of cooking, gardening, moving to the countryside or owning a pet still fills me with dread, so don’t worry I am not really that domesticated. I’m still the same person…just a little bit different.