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Remembering Our Visit to the MET in NYC

Remembering Our Visit to the MET in NYC

Gauguin at the MET

A few weeks ago, my grown up daughter Amanda who lives in New York, made a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She had visitors from California who wanted her to play tour guide and the MET was on their list of places to visit. The visitors paid for an official tour but Amanda wanted to browse the museum all on her own.  She enjoyed three glorious hours wandering by herself through the galleries. Afterwards, she sent me some images and her comments reminded me of my visit to the MET a few years ago with my boys.

She felt that many of the paintings were her “old friends” since we had studied them in the past as part of our art appreciation. She actually felt a connection with several of the paintings and marveled as I did that seeing paintings in person had such an emotional impact on her.


I shared our experiences at the MET in this entry: Metropolitan Museum of Art – Harmony Art Mom’s Visit.

Here’s what I wrote in that entry about seeing a particular painting by Renoir:

“Renoir’s brushes painted this painting. He stood right where I was standing to create this artwork, capturing a moment in time for me to enjoy over a hundred years later. How awesome is that?”

I invite you to click over and read the entire entry…so many great thoughts to encourage you to visit the MET.

Art appreciation is something our family has enjoyed for many years together. It has created a bond and mutual respect and awe for many artists and styles of art. We didn’t do anything extraordinary to make this happen; just by taking a few minutes on a regular basis to view a piece of artwork, we were able to grow a love of great art.

Favorite Klimt

My daughter sent me a postcard from the MET of one of my favorite paintings…which just happened to be her favorite of the day. Here is a bit of what she wrote on the postcard:

“I bought this postcard to send to you before we talked and you said it was your favorite Klimt….I kept wishing all day you were here with me. Thank you for teaching me about the great artists. I love that I can recognize different painters’ styles from across the gallery.”


You may also be interested in reading this entry:

Tips for a Family Visit to the Art Museum

Harmony Fine Arts What is in each plan

I would love for you to consider using Harmony Fine Arts plans in your family to create a love of great art and music. The plans are flexible and can be used by multiple ages all together in a matter of minutes per week. Each grade gives you specific artists and composers to study by giving you links and resources in a simple format. You really can just open the plans, click, and view/listen. You can download sample weeks and see the plans in action by visiting the Harmony Fine Arts store and clicking the particular grade you are interested in using. Make sure to click the “more information” link found on each product link for more details about each year plan.

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Creative Mom – August 2017

Creative Mom August 2017

Planner mom

There hasn’t been much time to be creative in the traditional sense this month. We were gone for a quick visit to California and then had another house guest. On top of that, two of our sons have come home to stay awhile as they prepare for their next adventure. It’s been another month of change.

Garden plans 2018

On the creative side, I’m still working on a garden plan and am starting to have a clear vision for what we need to include: patio space, small fenced flower garden area, increased native plant garden, some of the yard art that I’ve been pinning on Pinterest, and a small area to build a tent platform for visitors who come in the summer and want to experience the great Oregon outdoors.

Shutterfly prints

I’m starting to think that summers here in Oregon will be for outdoor living and the rest of the year will be for more indoor activities. This means my much neglected scrapbook will not be forgotten in the winter time and my crocheting and stitching will become more of a priority when the winter storms are rolling in. It will be a new yearly rhythm to my life, dictated by the temperatures. We have a wood stove and the wood is all in the shed in anticipation of a change in the weather.

For the first time in forever I am looking forward to autumn because I am ready for a new way of seeing the world through my Oregon experiences.

“The habit of storing mental images can’t be overrated. It can comfort us and refresh us. Even in our busiest times, we can stop and take a mini-vacation in our own piece of nature to be refreshed and gladdened by ‘the silence and calm of things that can’t speak or feel.”
Charlotte Mason, volume 1 page 50

In the meantime, before the weather does turn cold here, I’m going to be squeezing in as much outdoor time as possible. When I’m in the deep winter, I will have lots of mental images from my summer and fall to remember fondly.

Creative Things To Come

Although I find it hard to make time for creative things right now, I know it lifts my spirits when I make that time, even if it’s only 15 or 20 minutes. It keeps my mind occupied with positive thoughts.

  1. Finish my crocheted dishcloths.
  2. Scrapbook!
  3. Find a book or two to read!
  4. Beading- I’ve been gathering the supplies all summer to create some beaded necklaces and bracelets.
  5. Garden plan
  6. Letter writing! I am going to be making time for more letter writing now that I have so many distant friends to keep in contact with.

You may be interested in this entry:

Reviving the Habit of Letter Writing

Can Gardening Fulfill a Neglected Need in Us?

Fall Garden Post (with Charlotte Mason)





Creative Mom – June 2017


It is such a joy to be settling into our new life. Transitioning from California to Oregon at the same time that my husband was retiring, was a lot to digest. I still wake up and think, “Is it a work day?” My husband says my “honey-do list” is more work than going to his old job. Very funny mister!


Working on nesting boxes


The thing is that now we choose what projects to work on and our own schedule. That freedom makes everything more enjoyable. I’m still working online but that has always been a flexible work schedule and one of the most positive aspects of working for myself. My office just moved from one state to another.


Collection on windowsill


The creative aspect of moving has been fun! Decorating a new space with your own personal items really starts to make it feel like home. I found that displaying collections of things I have acquired over the years gives our house its personality. The pottery items made by various children lined up on the windowsill look really good. The collection of random items from our travels in the guest bedroom makes sense. Our family photos in the entry introduce us to new friends who visit. It’s a work in progress but one that I am truly enjoying.


Curtains in dining

I finished sewing the dining room curtains and I love the way they turned out. The old ones were too short and were beige. The new ones are just the right length and the fabric pattern is so cheerful!


High desert rock garden


Not surprisingly, I decided to make a rather ambitious long-term garden plan. We have spent some time refurbishing a neglected rock garden and now have plans to expand it as we learn more about the growing conditions of the high desert.


We have removed quite bit of the “grass” in the front yard and are opting to plant natives and plants that will survive the frigid temperatures of winter. It gets my creative juices flowing when I am out there digging in the ground.

paint sample for bath

Contemplating painting the hall bath to remove the awful adobe colored wall and also my son’s bedroom which has two tone walls.


We are looking forward to having one of our sons living with us for a while as he reenters life from his South American adventures. His project in Guyana came to an end and now he is deciding on his next goal. There hasn’t been much communication while he was living there because of lack of Internet or cell service so we are anxious to hear about his adventures.


Bird cross stitch in frame

Other Misc. Creative Things I’m Working On

  • Getting things framed and hung on the wall.
  • Crocheting some new dishcloths.
  • Photographing the many wildflowers on our property (follow me on Instagram to see some each week-IG name is outdoorhourchallenge).
  • Making plans for a custom garden gate that my husband wants to build (pinning ideas on a Pinterest board).

We’re looking forward to the summer months to come. Both my husband and I are excited about this new adventure and we welcome the challenge to use our creativity to make it our home for many years to come.


Reviving the Habit of Letter Writing @harmonyartmom

You may be interested in reading this entry:

Reviving the Habit of Letter Writing – where I become excited about sending actual snail mail again. Since moving, I have had several actual letters in the mail and I love finding them in my mailbox. I have made room in my life for letter writing and it is so therapeutic. Give it a try!






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