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My Creativity Inventory

Since the theme for February’s NaBloPoMo is “Make” (check out this post for more info and all the links!), I thought it would be a great time for me to review and update my (hopefully comprehensive) compilation of the leisure-time, hobby-type, creative activities I’ve learned (or, in far too many cases, attempted and abandoned) in the past.

It’s actually QUITE the list!

(Please note, though, that these items represent a wide, wide variety of skill levels! In other words, just because something shows up on the list doesn’t mean that I did it well, or even stuck with it for long… but I did try, which is to me one of the most important things in life.)

So without further ado, I present…

My Lifetime Inventory of Attempted
Leisure-time, Hobby-type, Creative Activities

  1. Playing musical instruments – piano, flute, clarinet, guitar
  2. Jewellery making using wire, beads, leather, polymer clay, metal, etc.
  3. Sewing
  4. Crocheting
  5. Knitting
  6. Needle felting
  7. Cross-stitch
  8. Macramé
  9. Rug hooking
  10. Weaving friendship bracelets
  11. Scrapbooking
  12. Rubber stamping
  13. Paper making
  14. Book making
  15. Origami
  16. Sketching using pencil, charcoal, pastels, etc.
  17. Sketching using a drawing app
  18. Calligraphy
  19. Artistic lettering
  20. Zentangle® and ZIA (Zentangle®-Inspired Art)
  21. Oil painting
  22. Acrylic painting
  23. Découpage
  24. Papier-mâché
  25. Wax sculptures
  26. 30 Days of Creativity Challenge
  27. Photography
  28. iPhoneography with editing apps and filters
  29. Photo A Day Challenge
  30. Photo Friday Challenge
  31. Aromatherapy
  32. Making bath goodies – salts, bombs, oils, scrubs, etc.
  33. Sushi making
  34. Vegetarian cooking
  35. Baking
  36. Writing poetry
  37. Writing newspaper articles
  38. Journalling
  39. Blogging
  40. Mindful Writing Challenge (Small Stones)
  41. Rock tumbling
  42. Basket making
  43. Copper tooling
  44. Candle making
  45. Indoor hydroponic gardening
  46. Herb gardening
  47. Acting
  48. Web design
  49. Flash design
  50. Icon making
  51. Learning French
  52. Learning Italian
  53. The Artist’s Way
  54. Art journaling

Well, that’s all I can dream up at the moment – but I reserve the right to edit as more things come to mind (or as I try something new). And I’m always up for something new… in fact, here are a handful of things I’d love to be able to add to the list some day (in addition to improving on some of the items on my earlier list!).

  • Watercolour painting
  • Quilling
  • Rubber stamp carving
  • Stained glass
  • Pottery

Now it’s your turn… feel free to inspire me!

What have you tried? What can you add?
Please share!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.