December 6 – Make.
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
I make a lot of things every day. I make coffee. I make my way to work. I make money at work. I make advertisements for clients. I make Max say “Please” and “Thank you.” I make a mess. I make friends. I make plans. I make dinner. I make Max put his toys away. I make myself go to bed.
It's easy to “make” stuff. The challenge is in crafting, creating, designing.
It's like the difference between a Polaroid snapshot and a photographic portrait.
I can “make” dinner; it's Hamburger Helper.
I can “create” dinner; it's Peppercorn Roasted Pork with Vermouth Pan Sauce, served with a side of Asparagus with Morels and Tarragon
I can “make” coffee; so can the cashier at the local 7-11
I can “craft” coffee; use my french press with fresh ground Blue Bottle coffee beans and filtered water.
See the difference?
The challenge is to not “make” things, but to take the extra time/effort/thought to craft them instead. It's so easy to get caught up in the making, and I don't think it's always inappropriate. But for myself, for my inner artist (yeah, she's in there) for my sanity, I need to create and craft in my life as well.
Because I don't currently get to create in my day job; it's purely a “make” sort of place, I have to do my creating and crafting in my off time.
I'm a digital artist, scrapbooker, seamstress, baker, paper artist, photographer, aspiring knitter, wood turner, interior decorator… whatever strikes my fancy; if I feel moved to create, I try my best to oblige.
Dyche Designs says
Love your take on this prompt, you're so right that it's easy to make things, creating is so much harder.
Loved that idea between making and creating! Never really thought of it that way before. Most excellent post! 🙂
Hmm you made me look at the work "make" in a completely different way.