Day 11 of the January Money Diet – Create Something

In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. You can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!

Creating art at Happy Simple Living

Photo by Stephen A. Wolfe

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~ Mary Lou Cook

What can you make this month, from materials you already have? Do your thing, whatever that may be–take a photograph, paint a watercolor, make a sculpture, create string art, write a poem, sketch, make a pair of beaded earrings, bake a chocolate cake, punch a design in a tin can, knit a scarf, make wall art from toilet paper tubes (that’s right), sew a skirt, paint a rock, make a video on your iPhone, build a birdfeeder or try something completely new.

If you need inspiration, Pinterest can be a fun place to find ideas. I collect mine on a board called Made by Hand.

If you’re especially creative, you may want to take some time this month to research online venues where you might sell your art to generate extra income, like Etsy, Fine Art America or Red Bubble. Or perhaps your art belongs on a t-shirt or a coffee mug; in that case, check out sites like CafePress and Zazzle.

Homework Assignment #11: Unleash your inner Michelangelo and create something this month — and don’t forget to tell us about it.


Win a Deluxe Happy Simple Living Gift Basket

I’ll be giving away a gift basket chock-full of home and garden goodies plus several books at the end of the month. On January 31, 2013, I’ll draw one random name from everyone who commented during the month and that lucky person will win the gift basket. I hope you’ll stop by often this month and share your own ideas, thoughts and experiences.


About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 11 of the January Money Diet – Create Something

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