Things That Make Me Smile No.136: Creativity and the Internet

There’s been a lot of talk about how the Internet has destroyed creativity, how kids don’t get outside, how people don’t do things anymore, and instead just view. It started with the television, and yes, home computers have increased both sedentary and screen time, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s a choice.

I’ve posted videos or sites before that offer hands on science and creativity exercises, but more often than not, I find the concepts very cool then don’t actually do anything to try them. Because of this, I want to share how the Internet helped me get ready for my husband’s company holiday party by integrating creativity and availability.

It all started when my husband mentioned his final preparations for his costume, something he’d mentioned before, but which hadn’t sunk in enough to do anything about it. Apparently, the organizing team had decided to encourage folks to dress up in one of the many eras represented in the National Auto Museum, where the event would be held.

I’d been looking forward to the party in part because I’d never had the chance to go to the museum, and my husband had told me it had a whole display of steam vehicles with era appropriate costumes. If I’d thought ahead, I might have had a steampunk costume prepared seeing as The Steamship Chronicles is steampunk, but I haven’t transitioned from the page to costuming on anything but a small scale.

Instead, I had to use what I had around the house. Luckily, I had a lovely kerchief dress I’d inherited from my mother along with a ton of random stone jewelry collected over the years. The only hitch came in my decision to cut my hair short a few weeks before the party. That’s where the Internet came in.

I envisioned something from the flower child era which most likely had its roots in the 1920s Flapper styles. I could wear a headband with a flower. The idea took root, but it was a winter party, and I didn’t have access to flowers, but I always have printer paper lying around. I searched the net for origami flowers, had a few false starts, and finally came upon these instructions for a lotus, which not only seemed doable but should be easy to clip to a headband. The last part turned into its own tale of trials and failures, but that’s for another time. The origami proved difficult, especially when I jumped on this instruction without considering the differences between heavy bond printer paper and true origami paper:

For additional layers, repeat this step an additional time. It will make the flower a little more difficult to work with, but it’ll add four extra petals. Be sure to make your creases very sharp.

Still, the result was useable and helped make the costume, especially because the chilly temperatures meant I wore a brightly colored shawl most of the night.

Origami flower

What about you? Have you researched some random creative idea and brought it to life? Did you use the Internet or use a book from the library? That’s what I used to, though not usually with such a short deadline.

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