Summer Inspiration

Summer inspires.  Warm air and sunshine free us to wander.  Morning mist floating on the water catches our eye and our imagination.  Long days give us time to ponder ideas and projects.  

Take advantage of this perfect time of year to try a new creative pursuit, or return to an old one.  This summer at Make It KPT, customers have gotten kits and supplies to return to a craft they used to do.  Kids have tried new forms of making, from knitting, to building circuits, to programming a robot, to learning how to draw their pets, and more.  The possibilities are endless, and endlessly exciting.

And, in the end, a journey of creativity IS the end - the process of exploring, experimenting, and learning so pleasant to ponder on a summer's day.

#makesomethingawesome

I Fixed It!

I’m a bit obsessed with all the cool flight-related kits and items we have at Make It KPT.  The mini quadcopters are a lot of fun, and I got one for my son for his birthday.  We’ve had a great time flying it all around the house, and my son is getting really good at it.  There have been quite a few “training crashes” over the last week, and the ‘copter has weathered them no problem.  Well, yesterday after a bad landing, both rear rotor blades fell off, and when my son put them back on, the blades weren’t spinning right and the ‘copter wouldn’t fly.

We worked through the list of troubleshooting items on the instruction sheet, with no improvement, so we went to bed.  In the morning, the little ‘copter was talking to me - “Come on, you can fix me…Come on…”  So I started googling and tinkering.  Finally, I stumbled onto a YouTube video that talked about how the propeller blades were labeled A and B (in teeny tiny print) and needed to match the labels on the motor.  Lo and behold, we had switched them when we put them back on.  A quick switch back, and we were flying again.

How psyched was I?  Pretty psyched!  I fixed this mechanical flying thing by using my head and good ol’ Google.  Just goes to show, yet again, we can all be makers and fixers when we put our minds to it!

Makin' It

I just finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book “Big Magic,” all about expressing our innate creativity.  In it, she encourages us to follow our natural instincts to make stuff, and to silence those voices, whether internal or external, that tell us we’re “not creative.”  As Liz points out -

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.  You and I and everyone you know are descended from tens of thousands of years of makers.  Decorators, tinkerers, storytellers, dancers, explorers, fiddlers, drummers, builders, growers, problem-solvers, and embellishers - these are our common ancestors.”

As I talk to people during my day-to-day work at Make It KPT, I am fascinated by everyone’s stories about their own creative journeys.  Many have found inspiration in their family trees - a grandma who made everything from afghans to cherry jam, a grandpa who could build anything and tinkered away in the basement, an aunt who designed fashion in New York, a father who was an expert welder.

The only difference between any of us and our creative ancestors is the decision to make stuff.  Whether we make things that are essential to survival or decorative and beautiful, they are all creative and worthwhile, and we all have it in us to be makers.  We just need to have a free and open attitude and make something.

I highly recommend “Big Magic.”  It was a fun and inspirational read.  You can find it at - http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/.