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Creativity + silliness = 30 days of fun!

This morning I decided, on a whim, to sign up for 30 Days of Creativity (which, as it’s the first day of June, begins today).

The moment I signed up, my internal perfectionist (who tends to be very nervous about stepping out of her comfort zone) started to panic, and with escalating anxiety sputtered, “What have you done?! You’re not an artist! How on earth are you planning to come up with something creative to make Every Single Day… something you’re actually willing to share with the world?!”

I hadn’t even begun, and already I was stressing myself out!

So I decided to get a little silly.

Actually, very silly.

Have you ever had a mini Babybel cheese? My husband and I buy them regularly, and when I’m finished with my snack I often start to absentmindedly mold the red wax coating that originally covered the cheese. Most of the time the wax ends up in the trash afterwards, but my husband has actually kept a couple of the little sculptures that resulted from my messing about and insists that they’re good (though I roll my eyes at him when he says that!).

Anyway, I think I’ve figured out the perfect way to fulfill my commitment to 30 Days of Creativity without taking myself too seriously, putting undue pressure on myself, and quitting before I begin.

Mini Babybel Wax Sculptures!

That’s right – every day, for the month of June, I will take all of the wax from one mini Babybel cheese and sculpt it into my interpretation of the day’s prompt on the 30 Days of Creativity Calendar. It will be fun, it will be silly, and, best of all, it will exercise my brain and get it working on something creative other than writing.

And my internal perfectionist can stuff it!

So without further ado, I present to you my first project!

June 1, 2012 prompt:
FRIDAY – “Which seat can I take?”

06-01-2012 30DOC

(If you want to see this in all its imperfect waxy goodness, clicking on the photo will take you to the larger version on Flickr.)

I’ll also be posting my pics on my Pinterest account (30 Days of Creativity 2012 Board), which you’re invited to follow if you so desire.

So… back to 30 Days of Creativity… anyone care to join me in the madness?! You certainly don’t have to do anything as nonsensical as Mini Babybel Wax Sculptures, but why not take this challenge to exercise the creative part of your brain – especially those of you who spend a lot of time on written (rather than visual) creativity?

C’mon! It’ll be fun!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Sabrina June 1, 2012

    Wow!!! Talk about competition…these are good! Hmmmm, I know I’m not that creative but, like you, if I stress less…maybe something fun will emerge. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Becky June 1, 2012

    I’m so glad you’re doing this! This is my third year, and I’m usually pretty random about what I create, but this year, I’m going for a theme and it’s also SILLY. Sometimes our creative energy is meant to be for fun–and now and then, out of that, can actually come good ideas for even more creative things.
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  • Winnie June 1, 2012

    I love it! I love to craft and sometimes I just think the silly stuff makes the most “fun”. I just made cards and wrapping paper by stamping with celery with paint..It came out great… but the funny part was telling them the “flowers” are made with celery hearts!
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  • Kathy June 1, 2012

    I am so impressed!! Wow! Would never have occurred to me to sculpt something from the wax off of cheese!! Your chairs are so cool. I have decided you are the bomb!!
    I will be looking forward to what else you come up with.

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  • CorinneRodrigues
    June 3, 2012

    Dawn – First of all, I agree with your husband – your creations are really cool. Second, being silly is a big thing in my book – everyone must schedule some silly-time in to their day. Third, I admire you for taking on two challenges at a time. Now my question. How much cheese does one require to eat to make a set of chairs like that? 😉

    • DawnStorey June 3, 2012

      LOL! I have a feeling that by the time enough cheese was eaten, one wouldn’t fit into the chairs!

  • The Shiny Butter Blog June 3, 2012

    I once knew someone who would make cafe table and chair sets out of the wire cages that come over champaign corks.  They looked so real- like little Parisian stage sets.
    I love your little club chair scene- I can’t wait to see what’s next!

    • DawnStorey June 3, 2012

      That makes me think of that scene in “The Fisher King” when Perry made one of those little tables from a wire cage! Love that movie.
      I’m having a ton of fun with this little challenge – a nice change of pace from the usual!

  • masked_mom June 5, 2012

    The inaugural sculpture is adorable! Can’t wait to see more. 😉

    • DawnStorey June 5, 2012

      Thank you! I’m having lots of fun with this little challenge. 🙂

  • frommaggiesfarm
    June 7, 2012

    I’m going to try to horn in on the action late in the game.  What a neat thingy to do!  (and you are so darned clever!)


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