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“Pleasures of Winter”

 

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“When there’s frost or snow on the ground, children have fun sliding, throwing snowballs and building from snow. But even when the snow is slushy and dirty, or the sky is gray, they should have interesting things to do outside so that their hearts are cheerful even when the day is cold and dreary.”
Charlotte Mason (in modern English) volume 1 page 85

I normally talk here on this blog about art and music and my love for both as part of my family life and my business. But, there is also the love I have for the great outdoors and the study of the things found there. This week I’m sharing a post from my archives that hopefully will give you some incentive to get outside even though it is the winter season. I’ve embraced cold weather nature study since moving to Oregon and have found the benefits of even a few minutes a day outside far outweigh the inconveniences of being cold.

Please click over to read my thoughts on “The Pleasures of Winter”.

Have you checked out my nature study website lately?

 

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Winter Wednesday ebook

Here is one of the winter ebooks that you can find in the Ultimate Naturalist Library membership. We are currently working through the nature study ideas together each Friday. You can download a sample here: Winter Wednesday ebook sample. 

 

Creative Mom – December 2017

Creative Mom – December 2017

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I am most definitely in end of the year mode, reflecting on 2017 and planning things for 2018. Each new year breathes fresh inspiration into my creative side. I am a planner by nature so imagining the possibilities for the up-coming year makes me excited about a fresh start.

I have been working on my new planner and writing in goals and aspirations as reminders amid the month’s pages. I purchased a new set of gel pens to use, making it possible to create a color theme for each month’s writing. What is it about color that makes things more interesting?

Hoping to revamp my Harmony Fine Arts website is a priority this year, cleaning up some of the pages and organizing the content even better is also in the works. I have so many years of writing that is buried in the archives. Much of it can be eliminated and the rest needs to be updated to make it more useful.  Just taking a few minutes to read things from the past has made me remember the joy of being creative and making art and music appreciation something that I can enjoy every day.

Video from youtube – Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli and Perfect

I organized my CD collection and put my favorites into a case to put in the car. I spend a lot of time driving so having them to listen to has been uplifting. My current composer that is delighting my drive time is Joseph Haydn. Not strictly sticking to classical music,  I’m also delving into a little popular music and the video from Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli above is one of my favorite all time pieces of music….going on my play list!

Fondue

Creativity finds its way into my kitchen this month as well. I have continued my baking spree with loads of cookies and biscuits and slow cooker recipes. I am currently reading all about the Scandanavian idea of hygge which includes lots of comfort foods and cozy drinks by the fireside. I am on the hunt for the perfect cheese fondue recipe right now…one that tastes like the amazing fondue we had a restaurant a few weeks ago. I think it will be a perfect way to add some hygge to our long cold winter evenings.

Planning, reflecting, listening, and tasting are all a part of this Creative Mom’s month (and life!)

What are you up to this month? What are your creative plans for 2018?

I will be sharing my new creative adventures next time….involves painting!

 

Harmony Art Mom Creative Month – October

Creative Mom – October 2017

Harmony Art Mom Creative Mom October 2017

Creativity comes from within but is inspired from our experiences. I tend to be inspired by natural wonders so I aim to be outdoors as much as possible. The things I see and experience are then translated into little bursts of creativity…whether in crafts or cooking or decorating.

The weather here has been unpredictable with periods of snow and then sunshine. It’s so very different here than California but I’m enjoying it tremendously. It distracts me from doing too many traditional crafts but as I’m writing this entry I’m reminded that I NEED to make time for creative outlets.

Here are a few things I’ve been working on over the past month or so.

huckleberries

Creativity in the Kitchen

Huckleberries! I was able to purchase a bunch of these sweet little bundles and I decided for convenience that I would make syrup. I have never made syrup from berries in my whole life so I had to do some research on the internet for recipe and method. I had my husband with me for the process as moral support and for his muscle in smashing the berries through the strainer.

huckleberry syrup

Success! We are enjoying the yummy taste of the huckleberries on our Kodiak cakes.

Trader Joe Pumpkin Scone

We live pretty far from town and there are no bakeries within 30 miles or so. I’ve been craving a pumpkin spice scone and was thrilled to spy out a box mix at Trader Joe’s. I whipped these up for breakfast one morning and they were heavenly.

Trader Joe Pumpkin Scones

I’m going to stock up on a few of these mixes for the pantry so when the urge hits I will have a super easy way of satisfying my pumpkin spice craving.

home depot fireplace

Creativity Around the House

We have procrastinated finishing up the decorating of our bedroom. There is a huge, tall wall opposite our bed and I’ve spent much time staring at it trying to come up with a plan. It struck me a few weeks ago that an electric fireplace would add a touch of coziness and warmth to the room. Home Depot online to the rescue! I found this fireplace with the stone finish and wood mantel. We just got it installed a few days ago but already it has helped to transform the room.

hobby lobby

I made a trip to Hobby Lobby for inspiration. Do you all take photos of things at Hobby Lobby too? I have a whole collection of things I want to eventually get (or make myself) to finish up the room.

You can see in the image of the fireplace that I purchased some farmhouse style mirrors with window panes for either side of the fireplace. I also have a framed photo of my family to hang up there but it seems a bit small. I am thinking I may need to find some things to place on the mantel to pull it all together.

Random Creative Thoughts

I read on Renee Tougas’ blog a while back that she chooses a few colors for each season to use in her journal. I am thinking that is a super good idea and may even carry it over to my crochet projects and decorating choices for things like candles and flowers. Immersing myself in the colors of the season just feels comforting right now.

autumn color collage

If I had to pick a few colors from my autumn habitat to use in my journal I would choose evergreen, gold, and a rusty brown.

How has your creative month gone?

 

 

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