I'm just a little bit selfish. I enjoy making things for other people, but I have a little bit of trouble giving them away. I get great satisfaction from creating things---from blankets to scrapbooks and other crafts. But, once I give them away I don't get to see them anymore and get that swelling of pride. It's almost enough to make me keep them for myself---but I'm only a little bit selfish, not a lot selfish. So I do give things away and then I make some more....but first, I take pictures of my creations. I have a file on my computer of pictures of some projects I've finished. Occasionally I'll take a look and enjoy the things I've made.
I also like cooking (when I'm not rushed and don't have small children whining around my knees) and I like to think I'm fairly decent at it. There are two reasons that I enjoy cooking:
1. I like serving my family and friends good food and watching them enjoy it.
2. I like the challenge and creativity required in creating dishes that look just as good as they taste.
There's a little problem with reason #2. Once reason #1 is done, the nice looking dish is no more. I've given it away for people to eat and I no longer get the satisfaction of looking at the piece of art I've just created.
I made a tasty dish recently that was as appealing to the eye as it was to my taste buds so I decided to do the same thing as I've done with other things I've created---I took a picture! Granted, I didn't come up with the recipe or plating technique--I copied the recipe from a magazine, but I still like how it turned out.
Maybe I'm just silly or vain or both. But it's fun and it's just me.
ETA: I guess it would be helpful if I say what it is! It's a Southwestern Cobb Salad: A bed of lettuce with chicken, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, avecado, black beans, and eggs. Yum!