Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Review of Creativity on Review This!

Painting of a kitchen scene by artist Kimberly Austin Daly
(c) Kimberly Austin Daly, Artist*
Creativity Lives in Everyone!

My daughter is an artist.  She studied art in college, graduating with a degree in Fine Arts. But her creativity in this field has been present since she was old enough to hold a crayon.  All her life she has been compelled to draw & paint.  I've always admired her artistic ability because I can't draw a straight line with a ruler! :-)

*Artwork is the property of Kimberly Daly, Artist/Illustrator.  Copyright: Do not copy.  Permission granted for display in this story.

Bob playing the guitar
My hubby was a fine musician, having studied the violin for 14 years, then played the guitar for many more years and even had his own 'trio' during the 'folk music' era of our college days.
Greg playing guitar
Today my son plays guitar and several other instruments and has his own local band with a group of fellow musicians.  I can't play any instrument and have no musical ability.

My brother sings and plays guitar.  My mother and sister could sing up a storm. I can't carry a tune in a bucket!  

Crocheted plush animals
Coastal Crochet Crafts on Etsy

I used to say to my talented family that I had no 'talent' for anything, until they reminded me that my crochet and needlework crafting was MY creative ability.  

Creative Talent is in Everyone

You don't have to be able to sing or dance, play an instrument or draw to be talented.  Creativity in ANY area is a talent all its own.  It was a nice reminder that we all have some form of creative talent, whether its in the arts & crafts field, music or dance, or simply being a wonderful cook.  Being able to express ourselves in writing is also a creative endeavor.  

Highlighting a Few Reviews Written by Our Talented Contributors on Review This!

Our team of contributors who write for Review This! review many products and do music, book and movie reviews, in addition to a wide range of other topics.  They are also very creative, sharing a variety of crafts, tutorials of DIY projects, cooking and baking recipes, and photography and gardening tips.  The following are a few examples of this team's creative talents.

Crafts Reviews

Image of DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments
(c) Dawn Rae
How to Make Easy Christmas Tree Ornaments by Dawn Rae.  Dawn gives us easy step-by-step instructions on how to create with your children these simple, yet lovely, ornaments for your holiday tree.

Crochet poncho pattern
(c) Bev Owens

For crochet crafters, Bev Owens tells us about this easy pattern you can use to create your own handmade poncho in her review titled Reviewing A Crochet Poncho Pattern.

Crochet bluebird sitting on a branch
(c) Wednesday-Elf

Wednesday-Elf loves to crochet, particularly stuffed animals.  Handmade crafts are her favorite, as shown in this A Bird in the Hand-i-Craft article.  In addition to her own crochet crafting, she enjoys sharing the creative talents of many other fiber art creators on Etsy.

DIY Projects

DIY Mason Jar Bird Feeder
(c) RenaisanceWoman2010)
Clever & creative Diana (RenaissanceWoman2010) gives us a tutorial for a DIY Mason Jar Bird Feeder using a regular canning jar, a pretty plate or bowl, and a few other simple supplies (glue, wire, and a chick feeder base). Then just add bird seed and watch the local feathered friends in your area flock to your new bird feeder. 

Photography Tips

Lighthouse photo
(c) mbgphoto
Several of the Review This contributors are photographers, but Mary Beth Granger (mbgphoto) goes one step further with sharing her fabulous photography tips for all of us to learn to take even better photographs. She shares the tips she's learned from taking photography classes and doing LOTS of practice. I would imagine Mary Beth seldom goes anywhere without a camera. Her favorite subjects are lighthouses! Check out her Review of Photography Tips for some helpful advice for your own photographs. 

Recipe Reviews

Cupcake Cake Cookbook book cover
(c) Sylvestermouse

Sylvestermouse is our creative baker here on Review This! She loves to put together fancy cakes and cupcakes.  A quick look at one of her favorite cookbooks for baking (the Cupcake Cakes Cookbook) will give you an idea of some of the fun and clever ideas she often incorporates into her baking.

Gardening Tips

image of flowers
Olivia Morris is one of our resident gardeners.  In her How to Grow Your Way to Happiness and a Great Garden, she shares some tips for your spring planting. 

Articles on Creativity

For more articles on these creative reviews, click on each subject below:

What do you consider your 'creative' talent?  

(c) Review of Creativity by Wednesday Elf

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  1. Love this post. Your family is sure creative. I love the painting of your daughter's. Thank you so much for including my photography post.

    1. You're welcome, Mary Beth. I have learned so much from your photography tips. You are a true artist with the camera! And, yes, I am so proud of my daughter and her artistic endeavors. She is married to an artist, which is perfect as they both live in a very creative world.

  2. What a wonderful theme for today's post. Thank you for generously spotlighting all of the creative talent on our Review This team. One of your gifts is obviously nurturing, and appreciating, the talent in others. Your family sure thrives in this regard. Besides your crochet creativity and talent, I think there is much to be said for your super fan status. It is a gift to be so passionate about supporting your favorite players, teams, and writing colleagues. You are appreciated!

    1. Awww, thanks for the sweet compliments, Diana. I suppose I AM a nurturer as I so enjoy showing off the works of others and bragging about their accomplishments.

  3. What a wonderful tribute to the creativity that surrounds you and all of us here at Review This! I know all of us appreciate your highlighting some of the ways that we enjoy being creative. I have always admired your crochet work! It is one thing to pick up a hook and some yarn and follow a pattern but it is totally another to be so creative that you create your own patterns like you often do.

    1. Thanks, Bev. Any crochet or fiber craft is a delightful way to be creative. You've created, shared and saved several that I really admire. Keep it up. Crochet is an excellent way to relax.

  4. Thank you for highlighting the many varied talents of our Contributors here on Review This! Every day, I feel quite blessed to be a part of this extremely talented group. I believe everyone is given a gift and I certainly agree that those gifts are not limited to art or music, even though I greatly admire artists like your daughter. Like you, I can't draw a stick person. I also admire musicians. The dedication to study and practice is definitely praiseworthy (one of my own favorite instruments to listen to is a violin). I am often amazed by the crafts & DIY projects shared by our Contributors, as well as the stunningly gorgeous photos. It is truly wonderful to be surrounded by so many talented writers and we are all grateful this group includes our talented and encouraging Elf.

    1. Thanks so much, Mouse. I love lending my creativity to this group and my encouragement to all in their endeavors as I greatly admire the talent and work of others.

  5. What a great reminder for all of us, that talent is not just for those who create with paints, or music or food, none of which are my forte either. But you are so right when you say that everyone is creative in their own way. Thank you for the reminder and get out there and let your talents shine, whatever that talent may be! Use your hands in ways that will surprise you and everyone around you! Great job in highlighting some very very talented people in the Review This Writers group. I love seeing what everyone is busy doing and making.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Olivia. As with any group, this team has a multitude of wonderful talents. I am delighted to show off some of these.

  6. What a wonderful post. Creative outlets are good for our souls. Thank you for including the link to my ornaments. I'm very fortunate to be a part of this talented group.

    1. I love your creativity, Dawn Rae -- always something unique and interesting. I agree that creative outlets are good for the soul -- instant therapy to occupy oneself with on stressful days and just a relaxing way to spend ones time.

  7. I think appreciating the creativity of others must be my talent. I'm amazed at what you all create. I never could do a thing with needles or yarn or a crochet hook. After a few tries I was sure drawing, painting, and sculpting weren't my talents. I do like to write and take pictures to share what I see in nature with others. I once played in a marching band, but that was years ago. I used to sing in choir, but that was also years ago. What I like to do is discover what others are creating and help get the word out about the talents of our local artists and musicians. I appreciate how each of my fellow contributors expresses her unique creative gifts.

    1. Appreciating... and bragging ... about the creativity of others is a wonderful talent too, Barbara. Without appreciative audiences, the artists and musicians of the world would not have a stage. You are a wonderful photographer and writer, painting scenes and writing stories of your local area through your photographs and writing.

  8. There's a lot of talent in your family. That creative gene can sure be a powerful one, passed down from generation to generation. There are also some pretty talented people here on Reviewthis who you honored. Wonderful.

    1. Thanks, Barbara. I love to brag about my family and their talents I SO admire. I believe talent genes can be inherited. I'm sure my son's musical ability came from his father, for instance. Glad you enjoyed this review of creativity.


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