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High Gear Creative Time

by Amanda Davis, Guest Blogger

In just one week, it will be time to celebrate Thanksgiving. With November moving by so fast, December is going to be here before we know it. When it comes time for these last two months of the year, my creative process kicks it into high gear, creating for friends and family.

Last month, I had the opportunity to talk about refurbishment of items others have thrown or given away. The holidays are the perfect time to use this creative license that we each possess and recreate something amazing.

This year, I am using quite a few of these great resources to recreate unique and lovely gifts for my family and friends. I just recently finished working on a Christmas ornament for a customer in Chicago. I use graffiti and Christmas bulbs from a thrift store and create one-of-a-kind pieces for them.

There are a few places that I like to really search for items to help recreate, including:

1. Thrift Stores – Thrift stores are often times filled with many items at this time of year, as people clear out their homes before more arrives to replace it. At thrift stores, there are a million things imaginative; some of my favorites are coffee cups, old plain Christmas bulbs, paintings, etc.

2. Garage sales – Though it is getting a little late in the year for garage sales, I know that the warm weather in Austin keeps them going.

3. Antique Markets

4. Flea Markets

5. And last but not least…the Trash!

All of these places take a creative mind to try and see what can be made (and with Pinterest there are endless opportunities for creative inspiration). Creative Action uses these creative skills to recreate everyday. Call Mary Alice Carnes at 512 442-8773 x 104 to take the opportunity to volunteer and see how these amazing individuals use their creative skills everyday.

Check out my blog to see my creative process, what new items are making an appearance, and what is happening in the life of this artist.

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