MY CREATIVE SPACE


I have enjoyed checking out some other people’s ‘creative spaces‘. There are some very talented people around! I am not doing anything creative today – we are having “one of those days”! Instead, I thought I would show you a picture of my son’s creative space. He is 2 years old and his space of choice today was the laundry – in particular the washing machine, the wall and the laundry door. His medium of choice was a pink whiteboard marker. Like I said, we are having “one of those days”!



Thank goodness whiteboard markers rub off very easily. My trusty friend over the years has been my magic eraser (a blue and white sponge type thing that you wet) – it even gets rid of texta, permanent marker, pen and pencil! It really is amazing! Found at your local supermarket. I recommend – or maybe you have perfect children. I have heard of those.

Head on over to Kootooyoo to see what other crafty people are creating today! Hopefully things that are little more permanent than this particular child’s art.

IN REFLECTION…

Time to get a little deep and meaningful.

I have always appreciated the honesty reflected on others’ blogs who are game enough to do it and this blog was meant to help me sort out and sift through my thoughts so here goes…

After almost 2 weeks of blogging, I thought it might be time to sit and down and reflect on my goals in starting this blog.

I am absolutely loving it! I am amazed and surprised at the affect of such a small thing which has come at the right time in my life.

I have realised that the ‘me’ I thought was hidden was here all along expressing itself, just showing up in different ways than I had expected. My everyday is actually dotted with quite a bit of creativity. All has not been lost and this has encouraged me greatly. I am finding beauty in my everyday and my interests, loves and passions are being highlighted (to me!) which means that although my circumstances have not changed – I am gaining a new perspective on ‘me’.

I am enjoying looking at others blogs, hearing their stories and getting ideas and feeling connected to a whole community of other likeminded people on journeys similar to my own. So, thank you.

Just found this new quote which I feel fits well right here and which I will try and remember this week:

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

Sir Thomas More (1478 – 1535)

WHAT DOES YOUR DAY HOLD?

E.H. Shepard’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ from the Collections of Stanley J Seeger & Christopher Cone
Yummy french toast for breakfast this morning. Reminds me of one of my favorites quotes…
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.

AT MY HOUSE…



Hi to those of you who have headed over to my blog on Louise‘s suggestion and thank you so much for your encouraging comments. It is so nice to have that feedback in your first week of blogging. I have been enjoying reading some of your blogs also and I look forward to getting to know you all in the blogger world.


I have decided to play along this week with Buttons by Lou Lou’s “at my house”.

At my house today we have been doing a spot of gardening. For the last few days the kids and I have been making the most of Melbourne’s grey and drizzly weather and had at least half an hour a day in the garden. We have planted some new seeds, pruned some roses, staked some capsicums and pulled out some unwanted plants. We now have a pet caterpillar, lots of squished snails around the path and some dirty faces, fingernails and hair. Why does it always have to go in the hair?!



INSPIRATION

In a rare moment in an actual shop (not my favorite places with a one and a two year old) I saw a card that inspired me and I just had to have. I never ever buy cards, because I have always made them, but this one spoke to me. It echoed some of the thoughts that have been spinning around in my head lately. It now has pride of place on my fridge. I think it is important to have nice little pieces of art or inspiration around the house (particularly if you are going to spend a lot of time in it, like me!). It’s good for the soul!


It says “We must absolutely do what we love, or we run the risk of doing nothing at all.” My favorite part in small print says “her heart was renewed by the work”. Curly Girl has so many gorgeous and inspirational cards that maybe I’ll be purchasing some more…. online. She has all of her cards online and it is well worth a look.

SOMETHING IN THE WATER

In an effort to encourage grotty and reluctant children into the bath, I have recently employed a new trick. The idea was given to me by a friend (thanks Peta!) to put food dye in the bath. I was a little nervous putting in the first drops, thinking the color would leave a residue, but was pleasantly surprised. We have now had, pink, green, blue and purple baths. It has worked a treat. As you can see in the photo below, we have gone so far as to only have matching toys in the bath. As well as pleasing my 2 year old who just loves things to match, I must admit I quite like the artistic element to bath time. When this stops working….any tips?

It reminds me of a little toilet training trick someone once suggested of putting blue dye in the toilet water and asking the child to make it turn green! Wonder if it works…..

MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST

Thought I’d venture out into the world of blogging and just see how it evolves. I have been needing to find a way to express the ‘me’, that I feel is being lost somewhere in the haze of motherhood, for quite some time now. I am hoping that maybe these little snippets of ‘me’ will help me to grow and extend my brain (that currently feels like mush) in making me put thoughts and ideas to paper (or computer), to give me motivation to inspire me forward to do those things I am passionate about, follow a few dreams and ideas that have been floating around in my head and maybe even realise the everyday beauty in my everyday life along the way. Who knows? Thought I’d just jump in regardless and see what emerges…..

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