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A hectic life is not conducive to creative expression. You may recall that I own a business called Interwoven Creations by Crystal where I create hand-crafted items.

I have worked on many types of craft projects since I was a young girl. Crochet was the first craft that I ever learned.  At age 7 or 8, my great-aunt Elizabeth was patient enough with left-handed me to teach me that skill.  In addition to crocheting, I enjoy scrapbooking, card making, and working with fabrics by quilting, sewing and creating French Memory Boards, as well as other projects.

Life became hectic in the spring of 2014 when we moved and had to deal with my husband’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. In May 2016, my husband had his stem cells harvested, so the numerous doctor appointments have finally decreased. Hallelujah! My husband is still in remission! Hallelujah! Now, perhaps life can become a bit calmer. I cannot use “normal” because I do not know what “normal” is supposed to look like.

Two weeks ago, my blogging colleague, Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama, shared a blog post about how she quit her day job to pursue her passions. Nellie discussed all of the planning that this major life decision entailed. After reading Nellie’s post, I was inspired. Thank You, Nellie. I decided to stop neglecting my business, Interwoven Creations by Crystal.

On the same day that Nellie published her post, my husband was out of town, which gave me some free time. After I left the office, I decided to stop by one of my favorite craft stores. As soon as I entered the store, my creativity was revived. It had been dormant for several months.  The last time that I did something remotely creative was when I put my home gym in order last winter. Home Gym 5

Home Gym 4At the craft store, I received so many fantastic ideas for creative projects for my clients at Interwoven Creations by Crystal and for myself.

Since that day, it seems that my creativity is trying to make up for lost time. I created a new logo and website header for Interwoven Creations by Crystal. ICBC Logo 2I am nowhere near being an expert at graphic design. I just do what I can with the free resources that are available to me. Trying to be a good steward.

Also, I decluttered and reorganized my office/craft studio. This is the current arrangement of my craft studio. Crystal L. Cochren Craft StudioThis space is always evolving.  I even completed some projects in these past two weeks. For instance, I was frustrated because I could not find a store (brick and mortar, not website) in northern or central New Jersey where I could buy some Sigma Gamma Rho sorority paraphernalia for myself. Then I realized, I can make whatever sorority paraphernalia that I want. I have the skills, materials and creativity to do it. So I did. Sigma Gamma Rho T-ShirtSigma Gamma Rho Hat

I am very happy that my creativity has returned to me.  I thank God for the restoration. I have several plans to spend many hours in my craft studio.

What artistic endeavors do you participate in regularly? Please share. You can leave a comment at the end of this post or on the Facebook fan page, Tweet me, or complete the form on the Contact page. Be blessed. Remain encouraged.

Min. Crystal L. Cochren