Getting Creative on a Budget

Getting Creative on a Budget

The spring season always makes me super excited about home decor projects. 

I don't know what it is about the fresh air and ample sunshine that makes me think "Man, I'd love to build some furniture and cover these walls!".

And this spring was no different. 

I had lists of projects I wanted to do. 

Pieces to build. 

Signs to paint. 

Things to thrift. 

Etc. Etc.

However, this spring also brought with it a multitude of medical bills. 

Some were expected, thanks to our new little miss, Addie. 

And others were not, such as an ER visit and follow up appointments. 

Such is life. 

Everyone is doing well, don't panic!

But I'm sure you can imagine, this put some of my projects on hold. 

Actually, all of them.

So what's a crafty girl to do?

How am I supposed to launch a new blog about living a creative lifestyle without fancy Pinterest-worthy projects?

How do I become inspired, when my creative abilities are stunted by budgets?

So I started to think about how I could spread my creative wings, without spending money. 

First thing, I could allow myself to scout project ideas, and plan them as fully as possible. 

For instance, I know I want to sew some sweet summer dresses for the girls. So, I could spend some time searching for the perfect patterns, and then picking out fabric for each of them. 

I also could do some crafty dreaming. You know what I'm talking about, scrolling Pinterest or Instagram and imagining all those "someday" projects. 

Like sewing a whole roll of cloth paper-towels.

Or filling an entire chest with quilts. 

Or even changing the quote on that dang chalkboard. 

All those things you'll definitely do on that magic day when you have more time. 

There is always the option to pull out some WIPs (Work In Progress), because who doesn't have a few of those laying around? 

Like catching up on my Project Life albums going back to 2015.

Gasp.

It's funny, I used to be a one project at a time kind of girl, and somehow over the last few years, I have more things started than I can keep track of!

But as someone much wiser than me once said, "People who start projects and never finish them are cooler than people who never start projects."

My level of cool must be off the charts. 

And lastly, I can take the opportunity to really get creative, by looking at all of my hoarded craft supplies -I mean stash-, and piecing together a project with things I already have. 

So, as hard as it is sometimes to put new projects and shopping ventures on hold, it doesn't have to mean putting your crafty skills on hold too!

What are some of your go-to ways to still make while sticking to a budget?

Let me know in the comments below! Or, tag me in an Instagram post with @Peoniesandcream or #Peoniesandcream.

 

 

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