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How to redefine what it means to create

Good Time Charlie, Le Junque

  1. Katsy says:

    Marvelous post, sister mine. Looking forward to reading that book too- and thank you for the reminder that we all need to satisfy the need to create in order to be fulfilled.

  2. Suffering Husband says:

    Your best blog post ever. The greatest stories are true. You have created much joy and happiness especially to your family.

  3. Barbara Ann says:

    I miss you soooo much!! What did you found while driving around. How you got it home, and like me, where in the heck to put it??
    A lot of dreams to create and have. I have bought CeCe’s before and had a hard time finding it where I live. I hope we get more distributors soon. (Claremont CA)
    I respect your need to expand your creative side and seeing where it can take you. I’m excited to hear what you’ve done in a short time.
    But I needed to take a step back and really see what I want and need to do.
    What is the next step and do a own a pair of ” big girl pants” that fits so I could just do it…
    I’m gonna take the rest of the year to evaluate. I have one last vintage show to sell this year and I will see if I get a “sign” from the junk’n Gods to tell me what to do.

    But I am excited to see what you paint next time you have time…. also I will check out the Big Magic and see if it sparks me to continue on the junk’n path to create great stuff.
    Barbara Ann

    • GTC says:

      Thank you so much for your fun comments Barabara Ann! Oh the process of figuring out what to do with your junk is a hard one. Sometimes junk just speaks right up and tells you what it wants to be. Other times it is silent for a long time, just taking up space in your garage/work place until you threaten to throw it out and suddenly it speaks to you! I have found that the more I just dive in, the easier it gets.
      Re Cece retailers, we have one not far from you in Upland. Rusty Gypsy. Here is the info to their store:

      The Rusty Gypsy
      160 C St
      Upland, California
      (909) 908-6236

      Tell Courtney I said Hi!

  4. Such a wonderful post on the journey of creating and the many dimensions it takes. Thank you for writing it. 🙂 I agree that the act of creating is therapeutic. The other day I was half joking with a friend that when my kids start stressing me out I feel the need to go sand or paint something! lol Glad that you are carving out time to nourish your soul and continue to develop the God-given talent that has taken you where you are today. 🙂 Look forward, as always, to your posts.

    • GTC says:

      Audra I can so relate!! I am sure sanding or painting or taking something apart makes you a better mom! It is my favorite sort of therapy. Thank you for your sweet words too, just made my day 🙂

  5. Catherine says:

    I agree with Long Suffering Husband–great post!
    Don’t you think all creative people go through bouts of -what next, how, where do I belong- along their journey? It seems to be the mantra of us not following the “regular path,” RIGHT??
    Haven’t “talked” with you in SO long–really miss that, but glad things are coming together so well for you–
    Catheriine

    • GTC says:

      Hey you! Oh I so agree that the self examination is part of the creative person’s routine. We finish projects, businesses and then wonder what we are going to do next. The nice thing, usually when we are done with something, it opens up other doors we didn’t even know existed. I do miss talking to you too! I miss a lot of my blogging friends. I pop in here behind the scenes, I am around, just not as public. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and you are creating more amazing one of a kind pieces.

  6. Love the post, was wondering where you’ve been. I, too, am a dumpster diver and always have my “trash eye” open. I feel like I have to “create” something everyday or I just might wither away. It’s just something within. Oh, and I love Ce Ce paints too. Keep on Keepin’ on!

    • GTC says:

      Hey you! Oh I so agree that the self examination is part of the creative person’s routine. We finish projects, businesses and then wonder what we are going to do next. The nice thing, usually when we are done with something, it opens up other doors we didn’t even know existed. I do miss talking to you too! I miss a lot of my blogging friends. I pop in here behind the scenes, I am around, just not as public. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and you are creating more amazing one of a kind pieces.

  7. Awesome post! Wish I could create more, and teach less. Someday!

    • GTC says:

      Being a grown up sometimes is sort of a drag, huh Kirby? I always refer to my “projects” as a jealous boy friend/girl friend. They are always calling you and you never have enough time to get to them. But then sometimes when you commit yourself to them completely, you get tired of them and have to go back to your committed relationship. The real job. Lol. I keep thinking I am getting closer to the point where I can get back to creating on a more regular basis, but business keeps chugging along and gaining momentum. That’s a very good thing.
      Hope the school year is off to a good start for you.

  8. Girl, I’m so happy for you! I know you are an awesome teacher helping others find their creativity! Have a lovely weekend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. What a great post. I love it. After reading the 3 series part on Dumpster Diving, a while ago. I started to do my dumpster diving more frequently and following your advises on private property and when and where to go. And it been great. I also started a series of Free Furniture Wednesday. Thanks for the inspiration. Linkin your blog at my FFW, at my post. Thanks and congratulations on your new position at CC Caldwell Paints.

    • Mandi Pike says:

      Great post!!! I find my self re-creating what I’m doing every few years, though I’ve been thinking of it as re-inventing myself….re-creating makes more sense! I find my creative passions change over time…and while I love all I do, my creative brain needs to focus on fewer things at a time to allow me to do them well. I’m not painting these days (still love me some CeCe’s BC for chalkboards though!) but doing smaller paper and hand crafts like crazy. So happy you are loving what you do and able to share that creativity with others!

  10. JSelep says:

    Thoughtful topic! I’m interested in the workings of creativity, and you have given me new concepts to think about.

    Be Creative!

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