I never met my grandmother. She passed away before I was born, but I know her through her creations. She sewed. Many people did back then, but I can't imagine they all made dresses with such detail - rows and rows of ruffles in pale pink with blue velvet bows. Or the Spanish dancer dress she made for my mother for Halloween (pictured below).
Many people sew for necessity - for utility. But I think for her it was something more. It makes you feel special to have a dress no one else has. I recently made myself a long beaded necklace with 97 rare vintage Swarovski pagoda beads. It's an amazing necklace, but what I secretly love about it is the fact that you can't have one. You would have trouble finding another one in the world. The designs I sell are also one of a kind - I think you'll feel the same way about owning something no one else has.
My mother is a creator as well. For my birthday she invented a way to bling out the candles on my cake with wired crystals. She also made a wreath featuring the silhouettes of Washington, Lincoln and me for my President's Day birthday.
When I first started designing it became sort of a joke. Someone would complement my necklace and I'd say, "Oh, I made it." Pretty soon we were all saying "I made it" when someone noted our shoes, shirts... whatever. I think if you are from a family of creators that's just what you do.