Creative comforts….

Work is challenging at this time of year and a few days ago I found myself needing comfort from a change of scene at midday. I took off in the car and made my way to a haberdashery store in Birkenhead. Ohhh, the bliss of standing there amidst all the materials, ribbons and yarns and new choices to be made. I came away with an uplifted heart and a bag of lovely soft wool to make Georgie’s next jumper.

Often I find myself suggesting to clients that they find comfort in creativity. They often cry out ‘But I am not creative Jane’. I gently point out that we all create with our days, spaces, meals, communications and actions. The simple act of tidying a drawer, sorting some clothes, organising a space, re-arranging a shelf or even a room can bring comfort. It’s all creativity. We can also be creative with writing, painting, sticking, colouring or making something.

I was blessed to be surrounded by loving, creative women as I grew up and my Mum, both my Grannies and my Great Granny taught my sister and I all the handcrafts. What gifts they bestowed along with rich memories.

There was a lovely blog post recently from Natalie Wordless Wednesday… as she shared the quilts she and her sister were creating. It reminded me of the creative ‘sharings’ with my Mum, my buddy Pam in South Africa, my sister Debs, the knitting girls, Kirsten, lovely Em in New Zealand, special Penn, Nancy downstairs, my sailing buddy Wendy and so many more. All linked by our stories and sharing what we are creating; all linked by loving comfort. ❤

32 Responses to “Creative comforts….”

  1. 1 ShimonZ February 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    someday, I fear, you’ll make that suggestion to a professional artist. And he’ll snap at you: But I don’t want to be comfortable!

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    • 2 Jane Sturgeon February 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      I am chuckling and feel each to their own Shimon. Whatever sparks and drives their creativity….in our modern ‘labelling’ world, a graceful acceptance that we all have our own ways of being fosters love. Hugs for you. xXx


  2. 3 Christy B February 1, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Creative flow ❤ Hope you're having a wonderful week!


  3. 5 tornadoday January 24, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    In every choice, we create anew the way before us……gathering flowers along a path where so long ago we planted seeds……… I love you, my friend.

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  4. 7 Aquileana January 17, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Loving creative comfort: I love that… I wish I was better when it comes to handcrafts, mind you… But, back to your post I truly liekd what you said about creative flowing as an unstoppable force.. In many ways and shapes. I guess we are all creative somehow, we only have to release those powerful inner forces!. Beautifully written post, dear Jane. Sending love & best wishes ❤

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    • 8 Jane Sturgeon January 18, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Ahh Aquileana, you are so kind, thank you. I loved your Tarot post, it was so informative. There is an energy to the cards and an energy in all we do in us too. I have seen card readings where the outcome in the cards is what the person really wants to happen, rather than the reality….it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes. It’s like two people hearing a conversation and both hearing something different. Hugs and ❤ flowing to you. Xxx

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  5. 9 roughwighting December 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Creating in all of these ways is an act of love, don’t you think? Creating, actually, IS love.
    Beautiful post with a reminder of the importance of creating – in any way. xo

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  6. 11 Peter Wells aka Countingducks December 20, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Creativity is my window to the immortal within us all. I recently secured a job as a teacher of Creative writing and am excited and nervous at the same time. I do hope you and yours have a truly wonderful Christmas 🙂 🙂

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  7. 13 frederick anderson December 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

    You are so right – creativity exists in the everyday things. It may surprise you, but I love fabrics, too. The colour, the scent of the dyes, that sense of fluidity is wont to charm me at the most unexpected moments. Happy Christmas, Jane. May loving friends and thoughts surround you. Hugs for now!

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    • 14 Jane Sturgeon December 18, 2017 at 10:10 am

      And you have just captured it Fred…yes, just that. Beauty in creativity. I also get stirred by the endless possibilities of what can be created when I see things. All manner of things. Giving things a new lease of life too. See, I am off again. I can feel another blog post coming on. Happy Christmas and warm seasonal thoughts to you too my lovely with hugs. xXx

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  8. 15 smzang December 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Excellent, Jane,

    I especially love this truth: “. I gently point out that we all create with our days, spaces, meals, communications and actions. The simple act of tidying a drawer, sorting some clothes, organising a space, re-arranging a shelf or even a room can bring comfort. ”

    We blossom best when something is better because of something we’ve done.

    Your creativity, Dear Jane, adds to your beauty inside and out.


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    • 16 Jane Sturgeon December 17, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Oh lovely Sarah, yes, your words call out. We blossom best when something is better because of something we’ve done. I have just tidied up my home and am sitting here with a bowl of porridge. Simple pleasures, but oh so enriching. Hugs for you my lovely. Xx ❤


  9. 17 dgkaye December 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    What a beautiful post Jane. And what’s better than a handmade gift with love. Your Georgie is certainly blessed to have you.
    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas my sweet friend. ❤ xoxo Hugs are flowing across the wintry pond! 🙂 xx

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  10. 20 marymtf December 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    such a positive outlook. Being the polar opposite, I can appreciate it.
    Aussie or Brit? (You say mum)

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  11. 22 nataliescarberry December 15, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Thanks so much to the reference to my post. I join you in your celebration of creativituy!!! Hugs and blessings, Natalie 🙂 ❤ zozozozo

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  12. 24 Clare Pooley December 14, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I recognise that urge to escape to somewhere safe when life gets difficult. We need to be soothed and have our equanimity restored. I am glad you found your haberdashery haven! Thank-you so much for the link to Natalie’s site. What beautiful quilts!
    How wonderful to have such a supportive creative community around you and to be part of a dynasty of crafters!
    Love and Christmassy hugs to you, my dear Jane xx ❤ ❤ xx

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  13. 27 ianscyberspace December 14, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Yes creativity does cure a lot of ills. Thank you for that thought. 🙂

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  14. 29 Al December 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    OK, Jane. You know I’ve always commented with positive things to say about any of your posts. This will be an exception. You have awakened a long suppressed memory that bears explanation. When I was a young boy, playing all the sports and running around looking for exciting things to explore, on many an occasion, my mother would intercept my and say “come with me, we’re going to the material shop.” Now picture this, a boy, yearning to be outdoors with his friends and letting out all his pent up energy, having to browse around a yarn shop for seeming interminable hours with his mom. Oh, the humanity! Those traumatic experiences are why I am the hollow shell of a man that you see today.

    Having said that, I a very glad you and your clients find solace and renewal in those same places. As sensitive as you are to spirits and auras, if you notice a sadness in the air at one of those places, I’m pretty sure it will be a leftover part of the soul of my inner child. Please say hello for me.

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  15. 31 Penn Shewring December 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    The joy of haberdashery, could browse for ages, colour, textures, buttons just looking and touching feels creative. Love it love you

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