For today’s post, I’m looking into the questions, “What are YOU searching to get creative in 2020?” Tapping into your right-brain is SUPER important to everyone’s state of mind. As I write this, we’re in the middle of COVID-19 and it seems like everyone I talk to is trying a new creative outlet. This prompted me to do a little research:
What are the top searched creative escapes on Google?
Just ask Google, and you’ll find the top searched creative escapes that are trending. Creativity is essential for a full expression of who you are and, more importantly, who you CAN BE! Don’t be afraid to give one of these a go. Keep in mind that nothing has to be perfect to be beautiful. Let’s check this out together!
REPEAT TO YOURSELF:
“What I do doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
Okay, let’s see what Google says! Let me know if you’re trying any of these yourself! I’m going to make this dramatic by working my way to the top searched keyword of this list of 22. Make a guess to see if you’re in the know!
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Creative category 1: under 99,999/mo google searches
22. Scrapbooking: creative mainstream OG
Scrapbooking Kit by Me & My Big Ideas
The granddaughter of the photo album, scrapbooking is an excellent way to get the creative juices flowing. I’m just scratching my head that it came in the last place. Surprised? Me too! I know a few people who scrapbook with groups, sharing supplies and stories as they put their memories into shape. I wonder if the inability to congregate is impeding this OG?
21. Jewelry making: The beads are back
Jewelry Making Kit by PAXCOO
Oh the beads I used to have at home! If you ever had little girls frequenting your home then you most likely went through the jewelry making phase. Now, however, at least as Google Search indicates, this isn’t as popular as it once used to be. Still a great way to make some wearable art and who knows, could become a side-hustle for some of you!
20. Creative Writing: it’s in the name
The Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester
Writing a book is on the retirement bucket list of so many of us. I’ve had a story in mind for the past 20 years. For me, it’s still many years off but others are taking action right now as this is a creative outlet that doesn’t make a mess or require any special tools and supplies!
19. Paper Flower making: creativity in many sizes
Crepe Paper Flowers by Lia Griffith
I need to vent a bit on this one. I’m feeling ashamed. I have an entire BIN of supplies and multiple books on making crepe paper flowers and I have yet to make a single stem, peddle, or leaf! Ugh. I really want to and they’re SO pretty. The BIG ones are really cute on the wall of a feminine feeling room, such as a girl’s bedroom. Yes, others are curious too yet we still aren’t even close to the halfway point through this list!
18. Weaving: bohemian chic creative
Weaving Loom with Stand by Willowdale
Finally one I haven’t tried yet … or at least not as an adult. Funny, not funny, though … I’m thinking of putting this on my Christmas list. I just bought a large wall weave from Homegoods and (hating to buy anything I can make) I got to thinkin’. Well, how about YOU? The texture of weaving and uses are so amazing. Wall hangings, throw pillows, blankets, and on and on …
17. Quilting: modern creative
Simple Geometric Quilting by Laura Preston
This doesn’t have to be grandma’s quilting! There’s a whole new look to quilting (if you want) that’s both nostalgic and modern. Taking a quilting class was how I returned to sewing … well, technically learned how to sew instead of just hacking my way through curtain projects. If you think you don’t have the patience then invest in a basic sewing machine and skip the hand needlework. It’s like a puzzle that you can use for home decor when you’re finished. My first sewing machine was a Singer that didn’t break the bank is is perfect for learning how to quilt. If you want to see what other supplies you might want, check out my post The Ultimate Beginner Quilter’s Guide of the 25 Best No-Nonsense Tools if You Want Sewing Bliss.
16. Organizing: CREATIVELY simplifying life
The Home Edit LIFE by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
Did you notice that this ISN’T The Home Edit?? It’s another book that’s coming out from the magical organizing duo Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. I know, this is supposed to be talking about ORGANIZING as a whole, but their work is completely inspiring!
Nay, you say ORGANIZING isn’t a creative outlet? I beg to differ! Clearing out and figuring out how to optimize space as you artfully coordinate colors and aesthetics is DEFINITELY creative. Not to mention, completely LIBERATING!!! Overwhelmed? Start small with just ONE drawer and you will be hooked. Google Search doesn’t lie!!
15. Knitting: the creative in winter
Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book by the Editors of VOGUE KNITTING MAGAZINE
I think everyone knows, or have heard of, that person who started knitting as a child by the side of her grandmother. Seemingly keeping it to herself as it wasn’t mainstream “cool” until she rocks a knit dress to high school. Dropping jaws and turning heads, suddenly everyone wants to be her friend. Ii might have embellished that a bit but I did know of a girl, the younger sister of a friend, who began knitting very young. Oh man, the sweaters — and yes, dresses — I saw that she made. LOVE! Listen, when you live in Upstate New York, sweaters are a HUGE part of the fashion statement.
The great thing about knitting is that you can take it with you anywhere that you can carry a tote bag. While yarn eventually can get expensive, the initial kind you’ll buy from Michael’s doesn’t’ cost much. I see scarves under the Christmas tree this year!!
Side note: Hand embroidery didn’t even come close to the search volume of even scrapbooking so I didn’t include it. BUT, that too is a really transportable not to mention therapeutic hobby.
14. Sewing: creative addition
Bernette 35 Swiss Design Sewing Machine
WARNING … trust me, sewing can become an ADDICTION! I’m only half-joking. Sewing is cautionary because it can get expensive to get all your equipment together. You can keep in simple though and there are so many directions to go. Apparel, home decor, bags, toys, dolls, decorations, yadda yadda. The dining room table has a new function as your sewing studio. Just don’t be surprised when friends start calling you to hem a dress or fix a seam! (Again, only half-joking).
13. MACRAME: It’s just knots
Macrame at Home by Natalie Ranae
Yes, getting some green plants hanging in a macrame plant holder that you made with your very own two hands has a certain Bohemian allure. All it takes is some twine and knots to create this form of art. Even those of you who claim you aren’t creative or artistic can reach those bragging moments where you say, “Oh that, yes, I just made it the other day!” as if EVERYONE makes their own plant hangers! Affordable easy AND it can lead to much more complex projects that the problem solvers, puzzle lovers, sailors, and engineers will LOVE!!
creative category 2: 100,000-199,999/mo Google searches
12. Crochet: way past grandma’s house
Modern Crochet by DeBrosse
Just like quilting, crocheting has come a LONG way. it’s not just doilies that you used to see on your grandma’s nightstands or topping upholstered chairs as dust covers. The texture of crochet has brought it into the mainstream of today’s home decor trends. This is another creative adventure that doesn’t take a lot to start. Beginner kits start at under $20 so all you have to do is get some yarn, flip open a book or search YouTube and you’re ready to go!
11. Cooking: family time
Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
Healthy eating has never seemed so important in the midst of COVID-19. Not only does meal prep and dining bring families together, it’s also OBVI super important for our health. My guess is that the COVID-19 (meaning the 19 lbs you’ve gained in 2020) is from all those amazing meals you’re making with your family and posting on Instagram.
Side note: The book I selected above is also a really interesting series on Netflix. Worth the watch even if you just check out the scenery!
creative category 3: 200,000-299,999/mo Google searches
10. Origami: Party-trick creativity
Kool Krafts 350 Origami Paper Kit by Kool Krafts
Yes! This one is a total surprise, right!!?? At least, I was surprised! But let’s face it, who isn’t amused when a boring dinner turns interesting as a napkin suddenly becomes a flamingo. You might not admit it but you know inside you’d be impressed. As far as party-tricks, this one is #1 on my list of creative ninja moves even if it’s number 10 overall.
9. Gardening: getting dirty
After being cooped up for two-months, as many of us were, it’s no surprise that folks are heading outside. EVEN if it means they have to get down in the soil! JK. I know a lot of people love gardening and with grocery stores a hot spot for germs, growing your own food has a lot more perks than in the past.
8. Tie dye: it’s back!
TIE-DYE: Dye It, Wear It, Share It by Shabd Simon-Alexander
It’s a continuous cycle, every 8 years or so tie-dye comes back with a vengeance and this year is no exception. Just try to find a tie-dye kit on the shelf. There are new ways to do tie-dye that you can find on YouTube. Try bleach in the tub, for example! Great look for adults and also doesn’t require a kit. Just get some rubber bands or string and you’re golden! The only thing with this hobby is there really isn’t a lot of room for growth unless you want your entire wardrobe or house to look like a Dead concert (although, maybe that’s your jam! No judgment here!)
7. blogging: creativity becomes revenue
The Essential Habits of 6-Figure Bloggers by Sally Miller
Yes, another creative outlet for those of you who don’t think you have any creativity or artistic talent (everyone does, btw … you just have to find it and let get out of your head). No, I’m not making 6-figures blogging (YET) but I do know first-hand several people who ARE! With so many people losing jobs, setting up a side-hustle to help bring in some money is a popular new vice. It’s also a great release of pent up feelings. Give it a go! Even if it’s just to keep your relatives in the loop of what’s happening in your life since they can’t visit!
6. drawing: the basics
XL Drawing Kit by Norberg & Linden
Drawing, in my mind a gateway, can open up your creative juices like nothing else. Even if all you draw are stick figures, it can get your right-brain churning. While I displayed an entire drawing kit above, really all that’s needed to get going is 5-minutes, paper, and something to write with and you’re good. Sharpie, ball-point pen, pencil, they all work. Just start. A great way to integrate drawing into your life is to add it to a journaling or time blocking practice each day. It makes these activities more fun as an extra bonus!
creative category 4: 300,000-399,999/mo google searches
5. Photography: social media ready
The incredible camera on the iPhone has made photography popular like never before. Add to it the popularity of Instagram, blogging, and pure boredom from being stuck at home and photography is a born winner.
5. Calligraphy – not just for the bride
Calligraphy Kit by Wildflower Art Studio
You don’t have to be in a wedding to start practicing calligraphy. It’s an amazing past-time that is completely addictive. There are great pens or you can go ol’ school and use nibs and an ink well. Just be prepared for Christmas. Once you start getting the hang of it you’ll want to address all those envelopes by hand. A fun and personal way to go yet also slower than slapping a sticker on the envelope (and so much prettier). Modern calligraphy and brush lettering lend themselves to paper, wood, canvas, and fabric. It doesn’t have to be perfect as the imperfections are part of the charm of hand lettering!
4. Puzzles – relaxing???
Full Bloom World Map Puzzle by Galison
In March, I tried to order a puzzle from Amazon and the wait was 2 MONTHS!!! Like, what??? As people were stuck inside, puzzles made a HUGE comeback as a quiet family activity. It’s somewhat meditative for some yet aggravating for others. We’ve done two in the last four months and were a nice time for everyone to sit around the dining room table together and have many laughs. Especially at who got to put in the last piece!
creative category 5: 500,000-599,999/mo google searches
3. Cricut – cutting made accurate
Cricut Maker in Rose by Cricut
If you have absolutely no clue, I’m here to help because obviously a LOT of folks are flexing their Cricut muscles. Cricut is a precision cutting machine. It can cut paper, leather, fabric, wood, vinyl, iron-on, and more. There is also an attachment so you can pop in a pen and write in a very precise sort of way. There are countless projects that you can make with the help of a Cricut. For example, when I put an applique on a pillow, blanket, or sweatshirt, I cut it out with the Cricut. It’s helpful to have some computer skills but there are so many YouTube tutorials on the how to use this little baby that you’ll have no problem.
2. Painting – find your inner VAN GOGH or picasso
Acrylic Paint Brush Set by VisuartPRO
Painting isn’t only for those who live by the seashore. You too can pull together a bowl of fruit and use canvas and brush to make a very realistic or hopelessly impressionistic piece of art. Try painting on canvas for a unique tote bag or throw pillow!
creative category 6: over 600,000/mo google searches
1. banana bread – huh??
Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold-Standard Recipes from America’s Favorite Rural Bakery by Brian Noyes and Nevin Martell
To be honest, what I first searched was “baking”, which had 165,000/mo Google Searches at the time I’m writing this post. BUT then I saw under RELATED KEYWORDS that BANANA BREAD had an incredible 673,000/mo searches and I was BLOWN AWAY! I guess people love banana bread! I think it’s more bread and desert in general and banana bread pretty well covers both. Especially, if chocolate chips are added like my mum used to tuck inside. Yummy!
that’s it! google searches have spoken
So what of these have you tried or will you try to bring out a bit of your creative side? This is a huge part of unleashing your potential so give it a go and let us know how it feels.
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