Creative Act VIII – Creativity Bucket List

Many people create a “Bucket List” of things they want to do before they “kick the bucket”.  I want to create a similar list but without the morbid finality of death by attaching the more creativity & endlessness of life to it.  I want my list to continually grow so I’m also setting it up as a separate category on this blog.  As I continue to explore my creative being more ideas sprout & this would be a perfect place to record them.  Right now, these are simply general ideas, but as I work at each one, more details will be posted.  So, in no particular order, here’s the start of my:

Creativity Bucket List
  1. Visit Buckhaven, Scotland    In the Shire of Fife, Buckhaven is a small fishing village where Nana, my maternal grandmother grew up with my great-grandparents, “Mother” and “Daddy Jim”.  While in Scotland I want to visit medieval ruins & the magical Stonehenge & King Arthur’s mythical Camelot & the wild coastline & castles & maybe Wales & maybe Ireland & . . .
  2. Create Stained Glass Art  It’s been a few years since I’ve had the space to cut glass.  I’m very excited to be getting back to working with stained glass [see Creative Acts IX & XI coming soon!].  As I start collecting all my ideas together, this area will end up with more than enough projects to last me while I still have a working brain.
  3. Sing in a Choir  I used to sing in both my school & church choirs when I was younger.  I’m always humming & singing whenever I hear a catchy tune & often bee-bopping & drumming the beat when driving — music is a necessity!
  4. Play an Instrument  Always miffed because I wasn’t allowed to play drums in our grade 8 band “because I was a girl” I’d like to learn the African drums we saw in FA100 class — either that or take up bagpipes again — I don’t think I can do both.
  5. Get a Kayak  Go kayaking as often as possible.  Explore Georgia Strait.  Explore the west coast of Vancouver Island.
  6. Write a Novel  A couple of projects on the go here on my blog include “Letters To My Sons” & “Natasha”.
  7. Create Geneology Tree  Mom has collected a lot of information about her Irish dad’s family [Hughes] &  has started to correspond with the few Blakeman relatives we have from my dad’s English, and maybe Welsh, family.  I’d like to explore the Scottish [Stewart, Fulton] side of our family further & maybe look into our possible Welsh connection.  Talk with Mom & get copies of records & images that she has.    Determine ancestry from birth/death records & start the trail backwards.  Record digitally & pass on to family.  Update regularly with names, dates & images as the family grows.
  8. Create Collages of My 3 Sons   I have tons of old photos & memorabilia of my children — some I’d like to scan & record digitally but I’d also like to make old-fashioned, non-digital collages of each of my children showing them from babies to young men.  I like some of the Victorian collage pages shown recently at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  9. Garden Both my father & grandfather were professional landscapers & gardeners in Calgary — & I’ve passed that love onto my sons.  Compared to Alberta, practically everything grows so easy here!  When I had houses, I liked planting & pruning — I’d like to start here with some bulbs in a container & grow from there.
  10. Design & Renovate Home  I’ve always enjoyed drafting, interior design, painting, tiling, . . . anything to do with updating older homes.  Like stained glass, this area will have a never-ending list of projects.
  11. Enjoy My Family   With this digital age, I’d like to compensate for the lack of physical presence that fractures our modern family.  I have my parents & most of my siblings in Calgary but two brothers who live in Toronto & Red Deer — I have two grandsons in Calgary — I have a son & grandson in Vanderhoof.  I’ve started a blog for my son’s business & I’d like to set us up with a “Blakeman/Stewart/? Family” blog to connect with my large, & ever increasing, world-wide family.
  12. Earn a Living Being Creative  Long involved with the admin & technical side of business, I’d like to be able to earn a decent [I don’t need a million bucks!!] living from my creative outlets.  This blog has started me on a wonderful path & I’d like to continue travelling it.

I’m sure there will be lots more to add to this as time goes on.  I think I have plenty to work on right here.

Images Used:

  1. photo by methilnomore, copyright Panoramio –> http://www.tripwolf.com/en/guide/show/243222/Scotland/Buckhaven
  2. my first stained glass project [1992] in copper foil –> Government St. apt. 2003?
  3. clip art from http://www.bing.com/images –> mcpasd.k12.wi.us
  4. clip art from http://www.bing.com/images –> mergenthaler.baltimorecityschools.org
  5. clip art from http://www.bing.com/images –> http://www.beachhunter.net
  6. clip art from http://www.bing.com/images –> http://www.noclichecopy.com
  7. clip art from http://www.bing.com/images –> http://www.packrat-pro.com
  8. clip art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. –> untitled page from the Princess Alexandra Album[1866/69] from The Royal Collection, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II [Alexandra, Princess of Wales b. Denmark 1844 d. 1925]
  9. my friend’s garden in Calgary
  10. clip art from http://www.bing.com/images –> http://www.t-square.com
  11. me with my two youngest sons, Blair & Corey, 2002 August
  12. my blog
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