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The next day, someone else is in Marsha's seat when she gets to class, so she takes the only empty seat left -- next to Matt. When a classmate invites Marsha to a party that weekend she replies, "I don't go places like that by myself." So, she turns to Matt and invites him, to which he replies: "I don't go places like that by myself." They decide to go to the party together, but they never get around to it.
Matt's creativity comes in the form of fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking, painting murals, and carving arrowheads, knives and walking sticks.
"I always wondered how Indians actually made the arrowheads, so I tried my hand at it and was successful," he says. In fact, he's perfected the art enough to give demonstrations for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Matt took art classes through high school and college, but never had professional training. It's hard for him to describe how the ideas and talent come to him. Instead, he says, most of his art is created when someone asks if he can do something and he gives it a try. Marsha feels the same way.
"I think it's something you either have or you don't," she says. "It's a shame if you have it and don't use it."
Marsha has done everything from painting barrettes to designing jewelry to making clothing. Currently she's focusing on "Tree of Life" wire necklaces, and jewelry made from old keys that she's embellished.
"I can't just go to the store and buy something," says Marsha. It's cheaper -- and much more fun -- to make her own things, she says.
Another thing the couple agree on is that they've always wanted their art to remain a hobby.
"The business end scares me ... and then it becomes work. Neither of us wants to 'work' at this stage of our lives," says Marsha.
But when it comes down to it, it's not the actual goods that matter -- it's doing their hobbies as a couple and enjoying the process of creativity, from start to finish.
"We're constantly looking for supplies at garage sales," says Matt.
"It's something to talk about -- the projects we're working on," adds Marsha. "We are so blessed to share our love for creativity. So many couples say they are worried about being bored when they retire. There aren't enough hours in the day to do all we want to do."