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Harmony Art Mom – Creative Month February

creative-mom-february-2017-harmonyartmomCreative Mom – February 2017

So far February has been a great month for creative occupations. I participated in an online course that was aimed at beating the winter blues with creative ideas, recipes, and musings on the beauty of winter. It wasn’t a really good fit for me so I was only able to glean a few new ideas but I can imagine that in years to come I will be pulling up downloaded activities to use in winters to come.

Get real Barb!

I had to be realistic. I was not ready to invest in soapmaking supplies, learn to knit more complicated items like gloves, make cheese, or create my own teas. Sometime in the future I will be more in a position to tackle a few of them but now it seemed like way above my skill set (and ability to financially invest).

In a way though, it made me think about the creative activities I already enjoy and find great pleasure in doing for myself and my family.

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Since I have a spot to leave my scrapbooking supplies out at all times, I sit down more frequently to work on my pages. I made a trip to Hobby Lobby for some new paper and a few stickers and this stimulated my creative juices once again. I finished my Hawaiian album and now I’m working on family events in my personal album.

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I baked some yummy treats this month for my sweet husband. He does so much around here that to repay him I will often take his suggestions for a recipe to try. I made him flourless peanut butter cookies, almond shortbread, and biscuits so far this month. The trick is then for my hand to stay out of the cookie jar!

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Sketch Tuesday and my nature journal have kept me drawing and painting each week. I try to keep both simple and focus on the relaxing aspects of drawing. If things don’t turn out perfectly, no big deal.

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Shutterfly has shared so many coupons and free items with me in the past few months that it is an easy afternoon of creating that fits my budget. This wall calendar was a lot of fun to design and customize with my photos. It now hangs right next to my desk and it makes me happy to see my loved ones smiling back at me.

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Here are a few more ways I have been creating during this past month. I have customized my little mini travel watercolor palette for my nature bag. I got my passport renewed and my kids and I have been planning a trip to Canada! I have been taking lots of photos from my window during the rainy days. This California towhee was right outside my office window and I was able to snap a few photos before he flew off. I am working on my picture wall and updating my images to fit my current interests.

So, although I had planned to follow the online creative course, I stuck to my basics and feel like I truly accomplished some great creative energy. That really is what it is all about!
So what have you been doing this month to be creative?

Have you participated in Sketch Tuesday?

Have you listened to Music Monday?

 

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You may wish to read this entry from my archives:

Creative Atmosphere in Your Home

 

Harmony Art Mom – Creative Month January

 

harmony-art-mom-creative-month-januaryThe cold wet weather has been conducive to staying in and being creative. As I look over the past few weeks and what was accomplished all tidy in this post, it appears as if I am a really crafty artsy person. In reality, all of these projects were done with small snatches of time. It all adds up.

Making time for drawing and other creative pursuits is reachable for most of us if we keep it accessible. I like things put away but if I leave the art supplies sitting out I am more apt to sit and work for a few minutes.

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I am trying to participate in Sketch Tuesday every week. Right now I am keeping it simple with a simple notebook and a pencil. So far I have completed 2 of 2 Sketch Tuesday assignments. If you want to join us this week, the theme is art studio. Click the link for more information.

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Over on my nature study blog, I made a goal for 2017 to sketch in my nature journal every week. I was actually at the point of finishing up one nature journal and starting a fresh one so I had to create a cover for the filled one. I decided to go whimsical.

instagram-outdoorhourchallenge-smallWhile I am thinking about it, you may wish to follow my Instagram account for more nature images and nature journal pages. You can click the graphic above to find me on Instagram or search for my account outdoorhourchallenge.

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I always have a scrapbook project to work on and this month I finished up our last trip to Hawaii from 2014. I decided to use an 8″ by 8″ Creative Memories album with spargo pages. I thoroughly enjoyed working with these photos and recording the experiences. It must be time to go again!

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I am always taking photos in my yard. Winter time can be a challenge to find something interesting but I wanted to take an image of the paper white growing and blooming in between the pavers. Someone decided to do a photo bomb and get in the shot. Miss Cocoa is our front yard greeter…such a sweet thing.

harmony-art-mom-creative-month-january-1My husband and I took an early morning hike in the rain down to the river when it was at close to flood stage. The adventure was recorded in my nature journal along with a page on some lichen that I brought home on an oak twig. It is hard to sketch lichen! Secretly I am struggling with my drawing skills and have a plan to learn more by studying other journalers and books I have on my shelf and some ordered up from the library. The one book that has the deepest impact on me is the Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling. He suggests sketching every day to improve so I am trying my best to complete something daily. (Affiliate link above to Amazon to a book I have used and love!)

Read my complete review of this book over on my other blog: Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling.

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So what have you been doing this month to be creative?

Have you participated in Sketch Tuesday?

Have you listened to Music Monday?

Don’t forget to do something to feed your creative soul!

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You may wish to read this entry from my archives:

Creative Atmosphere in Your Home

 

Harmony Art Mom – End of the Year Reflection

I don’t know about you but this time of year I feel so overwhelmed with possibilities…possibilities for the new year, a fresh start. This is the time of lists and goals and looking forward to filling in the blank planner that sits on my desk. I have a master calendar that sits in my kitchen (historically everyone used it to record appointments and activities) but I also keep a more private calendar that is just for me. This is the one that has my monthly and yearly goals written in it so I can refer to it often.

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Last fall I started recording these goals and private plans in a Happy Planner...I couldn’t resist the half off sale at Michaels. Back in October I began filling its pages and mostly it has become a sort of bullet journal/scrapbook/gratitude journal of my daily activities. It has stickers and colored pens and is way more artsy than anything else I have ever done. I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep it up but over the last three months I have not missed a day yet. I pull it out first in the morning and then again later in the afternoon to just make some quick entries for the day’s happenings. It has been a safe place for me to reflect life’s changes but still see the amazing things happening that have given me encouragement. The act of writing things down has been huge in helping me see answers to prayer, to be accountable for healthy habits, and not miss the little accomplishments I make towards more long term goals.

The fact is…I am enjoying the process of planning and recording the day to day things in my life. With no children in the house at the moment, life is fairly simple.

My word for 2016 has been TRUST. It has been truly a foundation for my experiences as I trust the journey I am taking is going to help me to continue to grow as a mother, wife, and Christian. I am working on a new word for 2017…I will let you know when I decide! I would love to hear your words and how they have helped you through your life this past year. Here is my entry from last December where I talk about Coming to Terms with the changes life brings. I have grown since writing that blog entry. My husband and I have dealt with a lot of changes and have grown in our relationship. We are now facing his retirement in 2017 with a sense of “what will happen now” attitude. The wheels are rolling and I have a feeling that keeping a record of the journey in my planner is going to be something I treasure.

As we turn to a new month and a new year on the calendar, I just want to say thank you to all of you readers and families who have so faithfully read my blog, supported Harmony Fine Arts, and participated in Sketch Tuesday. I know I don’t post as much as I used to when I was actively homeschooling but my wish is that I can in some way encourage you through my experiences both now and from my past.

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Hope you are looking forward to 2017 with optimism!

 

 

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