Creative Mom posts remind me that I need to make more time for being creative! How does time go by so fast? Here are some highlights of my month so far in the hope that it will spark me (and you) to do something fun soon. Don’t miss my book referrals at the end of this entry!
This month we have experienced our first spring-like weather AND buckets of rain too. In between storms, I tried to document the blooming plants in our front yard. One of the earliest things to show its spring colors is the forsythia. I had a few branches indoors and had forced the flowers inside…one of my favorite late winter activities. Now I can look down from the mailbox and see the pretty colors. Photography is always one way I am creative each month.
I was reviewing these Chalkola markers and created this “stained glass” art on my window. I found them very hard to work with…nice results once you get them markers to work. I ended up telling the guy at Chalkola that they weren’t my pick of window markers. You can find them on Amazon here: Chalkola Chalk Markers.
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Last year with the drought here in California, I wasn’t able to create my normal vegetable and flower garden because of watering restrictions. I am hoping that I will be allowed to water this year so I have been making a new garden plan to put into action as soon as the weather cooperates. Renee’s Garden Seeds is sponsoring my April newsletter over on the Handbook of Nature Study and they will be sending me a box of seeds to try in addition to all my old favorites. Yesterday, I spent an afternoon in my backyard weeding and cleaning up from the winter. Gardening makes me happy and fills that creative need in a special way. I am inspired to think about the summer roses and the other flowers of the seasons to come as I work.
My husband and I had an afternoon of puzzles and Anne of Green Gables a couple weekends ago. Oh, and happy hour with snacks and a little wine. I have been trying to reread a few of the classics that I enjoy: last month it was Little Women and this month it has been Anne of Green Gables. So much fun and a wonderful way to add to my creative mom spirit. I wanted to bake, sew, and read poetry after watching this movie. Do you have any other suggestions for books to read or movies to watch that will spark some creativity?
I have also finished reading two non-fiction books that I want to share with you in this post. I purchased both of these books with my own money and am giving my honest opinion and experience. The links below are Amazon.com affiliate links.
My One Word: This is the guide my husband and I used to learn about how one word can change your life. WE worked through the process together but each picked a word that we will focus on in 2016. My word is TRUST and his word is PATIENCE. Interesting word choices that have already been helpful in our journey this year. Please note this book is written heavily from a Christian point of view.
The Highly Sensitive Person: Have you ever read a book that totally rocks your world? This is one of those books for me…life changing. It has changed the way I view myself, adjusting my thinking to accept that the very things I thought were something I needed to change about myself are actually assests when viewed from a different angle. I have struggled with things in my life that now have come sharply into focus for the better. I ended up reading big sections of this book out loud to my husband and it has brought more peace and understanding to our relationship forever. I am highly recommending this book to parents who want to understand a highly sensitive child better or for yourself if you have a hint that you may be a HSP. Here is a link to an article that explains a little more in detail what some signs of being highly sensitive are for reference: 16 Habits of Highly Sensitive People.
Have you had a creative month?