Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Deviating from my norm

When I started pinterest, I was kind of afraid that it would be a huge time suck and that I would sit around all day playing with my virtual bulletin boards.

And I did ... for about 24 hours.

But then I came up for air, forced myself to close the laptop, and started making art. Art that was inspired by—you guessed it—pinterest.


My little project is not quite done yet—I'll show it to you when it is—but I’m zipping right along and have a kink in my neck to prove it. (And I already have another idea brewing for when this first project is finished...)


It wasn’t just pinterest that inspired me—a lot of the blame gets laid squarely on Amanda of the infamous Soule Mama blog. I’ve been reading her for quite some time now and am impressed by how much art they make. Amanda’s little girl will say, “Mama, let’s make something,” and they promptly head into the sewing room and whip up a blanket.

I’m not going to be whipping up blankets anytime soon, but her obvious pleasure in making things inspired me to kick back and CREATE. I get so caught up in the chores and cooking and writing (you know, routines and habits, blah, blah, blah)—this little deviation from my norm has been delightfully refreshing.


It was a chain reaction, too: the older kids, inspired by my artistic dabblings, hauled the roll of newsprint downstairs and broke open a new box of markers.


Bandaids Nickel learned how to make bubble letters and typed on the computer, and Sweetsie (when she wasn’t on timeout for uncivilized rampages) hovered by my shoulder and alternated between whining and singing (that child!).

And so passed our sunny morning.


Where do you find inspiration? What art have you been making?

This same time, years previous: Aunt Valerie's blueberry bars, asparagus, goat cheese, and lemon pasta

1 comment:

  1. I've been making what's called either ZenTangles or ZenDoodles... I don't buy into the Zen philosophy, but it's really just doodling and allowing your mind to rest or relax. (I need that a lot these days.) It's also super easy to do, and easy to pack if you're on the road for a few days. Here's a good video to start with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4Nlz4XMxcs&feature=related

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