church of craft fabulousness!

I set out to make this last Sunday the biggest & best Church of Craft (CoC) in San Francisco to date & it totally was – YES!!

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What is the Church of Craft, you say? Well, you can read the mission statement, but the best way I can describe it is to explain what it means to me. For me, crafting is my outlet. My spiritual experience, if you will. Making time to craft is making time to allow craft & creativity to flow through me. Keyword there is FLOW (if you’re familiar with this premise and/or the book). Feeling in the flow, witnessing & feeling the power of CREATING [something new] can be so powerful. This outlet is different for everyone, too, which is why I think it’s so cool. Could be painting, drawing, sewing, gluing, jewelry making, knitting, quilting, playing music, singing or dancing. (Even though we don’t really do those last few at CoC. Well, not in full force anyway… there’s certainly been some singing & happy dancing here & there!) Suffice to say…to me, and many other avid crafters & artists out there, creativity is a powerful drug.

I also really love the amazing connection it brings me to my self, and (in my words) to Spirit. You can call it what you want, but to me there’s a force that runs through us all, and quite honestly the majority of us aren’t even listening (Are you listening?). When we tap in & create space to listen, amazing things can happen. That amazing thing might be a silly drawing/painting of a cowboy walking his pet monster, or sewing a cute stuffed owl, but what lies underneath is the real gift.

When we’re making something, we don’t quite know what’s going to happen. It’s a little like jumping out of a plane, or rock climbing. You can only plan so much, but it takes taking that first step, and then the next, and then the next, and the process can be fun, challenging and exhilarating. What makes this so exciting is that it takes a fair bit of trust. Trusting the process. Trusting yourself. Listening to yourself, and trusting what your intuition is saying. <– This is the part I absolutely love.

Creating & expressing ourselves can be scary. Granted, some have practiced this listening + trusting + doing thing for so long that it’s second nature, but for many creatives this process may bring up a whole slew of insecurities. What if this turns out looking stupid? What if they (my friends, my family, the internet, the gallery, the client) don’t think I’m very creative? What if this sucks & I’ve wasted all this time for nothing? What if I screw this up 1/2 way through and the whole thing is ruined? (If anyone feels like slewing out some more, go for it in the comments. It’s actually quite cathartic to let all your fears come out & stare back at you on the page.)

The good news is that there is no screwing up. And there is no “perfect.” :)

All we can do is create. Take that first step. And then, another. And then, another. And you know what? If you get to the end of all those steps, and you really think it sucks, SO WHAT!? You’re not going to die. Nobody is going to love you less (I promise). The world is not going to end. In fact, in my opinion, the world has improved a little bit just by you sitting down & opening yourself up to LISTEN. Not to mention that what you create doesn’t suck at all, because even craftastrophes are beautiful in their own right. Take a gander there and rest assured, your creation is quite lovely! Most importantly, it was uniquely and lovingly made by YOU. :)

All that said, I hope that you’re out there being brave and diving into finding your creative outlet, in whatever form that may take for you. And if you’re in the Bay Area (or anywhere, as we’re in cities across the nation) & you like to craft it up with others, please sign up on the Church of Craft mailing list, so you can join us next time!

Thanks to everyone who joined me on Sunday. We were having so much fun we went into crafty overtime… so awesome.

Craft on!

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Related post: Bringing Flow Into My Business – wherein, by my coach’s recommendation, I rewrote the post above and changed the wording to be more specifically around my business. Essentially addressing the fact that I feel this free and open to creative experimenting (including being ok with the occasional failing), but sometimes don’t behave this same way around the creativity, progress and/or failures in my business.

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