I found this crochet blanket at my mom’s over the new year holidays.  It was made by my great grandmother several decades ago.  She had spent all her life up on a mountain in a rural area, never went beyond the state border, and the closest small town was 2 hours away on foot.  How she learned how to crochet is a mystery.  It was probably my grandmother learned how to knit in school and taught her mother.

This blanket is not the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, but it is using a technique that I’ve never seen in anywhere else.  She used some leftover yarns and had to come up with a way to make it look special.

When we talk about creativity, we tend to point to people such as Steve Jobs or George Lucas.  Those days are over.  We are all creative in different charming ways, taking in what we see everyday and use as hints to make our lives more interesting and unique.

This year, I would like to take a few step forward to nurture our creativity.  Help people bloom in their new found grounds.  Help them balance between creativity and practicality.  Because, you see, creativity is all around us.