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Creative Mom – December 2017

Creative Mom – December 2017


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!


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.


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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Harmony Art Mom’s Journal September

Mother’s Journal – In Admiration of the Season

September 2017

“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” Claude Monet


Looking around my room this morning as I write this, I see a scene that tells the tale of my life right now. There is a box with summer clothes stacked on top of it because I haven’t taken time to fold them as I swap out my summer and cold weather clothes. I see a stack of framed photos that are still, after five months of living here, sitting on the floor. My nightstand is piled up with my Bible, my planner, a bunch of pens, and my diffuser. There is a fleece blanket on the big chair and the down comforter is on the bed.  Everything seems in transition.


It is the change of the season, a time for reflection.

It also is a time for planning and anticipating a new adventure that will include colder temperatures and snow, lots of snow.

But in the meantime, I have other things swirling around in my mother’s head. Serious things that make me think about who I am as a mother right now. And, it is as always, the realizing that I am not in complete control of everything and even though it’s hard, I will be okay if I just don’t give up.

I consider myself an experienced mom. For a while now, I have even thought that I had being a mom to grown children sort of figured out. The last month has dissolved that notion. My two youngest boys, now in their twenties, have moved back home as they shift from one phase to another in their lives. Just like the physical season, it’s a time of family transition as well.


My husband and I were just establishing a routine with the two of us since his retirement. Our daily rhythms were fairly easy going and we accomplished a lot both around the house, in our volunteer work, and in having a really good time exploring our new area together on foot and in our kayaks.

I did not anticipate how much having the boys at home would make us reshuffle our lives again.


So once again I am writing a new chapter in my “mother’s journal”.  This is the chapter where I humbly accept that the modern family is very different than the one I grew up in and my children need to have support a little bit longer than expected. I need to accept that I’m going to be the “sandwich generation” where, on some level, I’ll still be supporting my grown children at the same time as I’m caring for my parents.

All of this does not mean that I’m unhappy. Rather, it has made me be firm in my resolve to simplify my life enough that I can remain flexible to take advantage of snatches of time during each day that I can enjoy this amazing place that we have moved to in Oregon, remain resolved to continue my activities that nurture my needs like my volunteer work, and still have time to enjoy having my family around me.

So for now, I’ll be trying to create a positive attitude about our family situation and savor the moments of time I have with us all here in Oregon. The photos will be hung soon enough and the boxes will be packed and stored away. In the meantime, I’ll be gathering memories of this first autumn we have in our new home next to the willows and river.  I’ll watch as the birds migrate through (like the Sandhill cranes!) and hang up extra feeders for the ones that want to stay awhile.

Maybe I should welcome my two boys as migrant birds; they are here for a season and then they will fly off to a new place.

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