Note: I wrote this article last winter for lovely Bespoke Magazine and over the past few wintery days I've been taking some of my own advice, spending creative time in the sunshine and dreaming up for a special project for August. I always find it a bit trickier to stay motivated during these cold, short days, so I thought it was the perfect time to share some of my favourite ways to stay creative during winter.
Creating a mobile creative space
As the daylight hours change, so does the natural light at home. What once was a bright work space may lose the afternoon sunlight in Winter or become too cold to work in at night. I love to be warm and cosy when I’m being creative, so my solution is to create a mobile creative space. Use an old suitcase, basket or storage box on wheels and fill it with all your crafty essentials which be easily transported to a sunny part of the house, or by the fire at night.
Sometimes the best motivation to get crafty and creative is to spend time with like-minded, inspiring souls. Get a few friends together, pick a craft to try, or bring along your own projects and enjoy a crafternoon together. Pots of tea and delightful treats are essential, as is a healthy dose of laughter. If you’d like to share your creativity with some new crafty ladies (and gents too), check out your local community board for craft evenings, knitting groups and Brown Owls workshops. It’s always a sure fire way to ignite your creative spirit.
A seasonal project is a lovely way to stay motivated during the colder months. You could document the season in photos or artworks, keep a winter journal or knit or crochet any array of delights to keep you warm and toasty. Perhaps even try something new! Keep your project simple and relaxing, something you can curl up on the couch and enjoy creating on those especially chilly evenings.
Capturing the Moments
Keeping your camera handy during those magical Winter days is essential for capturing beautiful everyday moments. With limited hours of sunlight, all of a sudden that gorgeous afternoon magic hour can sneak up on you, so it’s best to be prepared. I found the app ‘Magic Hour’ really handy to have on my phone as the perfect reminder for making the most of afternoon light. Plan ahead a pop your camera in your bag when you’re heading out and keep your phone in easy reach too. You never know when you will see a delightful moment to capture.
Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book and your hot beverage of choice and spend a few moments being transported to a wonderful creative place. If you’re feeling a little uninspired a beautiful creative book, like Granny Chic by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel is sure spark your creativity. I love finding new recipes and getting creative in the kitchen during the winter months too. Try Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for an inspired and nourishing meal and for a classic with a twist, I love flipping through the pages of Donna Hay’s Seasons and Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess.
Spend Time in the Sunshine
My personal top tip for staying creative during Winter is to spend time in the sunshine. Instantly warming and wonderful for the soul, a little winter sunshine will always put an extra spring in your step. So where possible, I suggest doing any of the previously mentioned activities where you can find a spot of sunshine, perhaps on the front porch, in the garden or if you’re lucky enough to have one, in a delightful little sun room.
What better time than the present to embrace the cooler weather, rug up, pour a lovely cup of tea and dream up your next creative project.