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