I have had a busy time making some costumes for a local children's drama production, a modern twist on Hansel & Gretel. The kids were fantastic in their performances. Costume making is something that I grew up with. My grandmother supported the family working in a small factory in Leichhardt, Sydney, called A.L. Lindsay's. The factory is still there today, as I recently discovered. They manufactured adult's & children's dress-up clothing. In those days, in the 60's, everything was hand made on industrial machines. At home, Granny sewed on a 1912 Singer treadle machine, and it was on this machine that I would learn to sew . She didn't get a modern electric machine until 1972. I can still smell the oil, and remember sitting beside her, watching every move, even when her finger would get caught under the needle, but she never really complained. I love to be creative, and she passed on her love of creativity to me. It's a great challenge to think things through, to work on the best scenario, and then to see your thoughts and designs in practice. As a child, I had all sorts of dress-ups provided, from ballet costumes to plays at school. Now it's my turn to create fun and imagination for the children around me, including my own grandchildren. Unleash your creative side-bring book characters and others to life where you can. You'll have fun, and the satisfaction of turning something on a page into reality.