Thursday, March 29, 2012

Creative = ME

I have been pondering a lot lately and didn't post A Jewel with Jewels yesterday because my mind was swirling with thoughts and feeling about my blog.  Whether I should continue writing a blog or not was my main thought and then the clarity came and I felt I should share some insights of myself, a couple of videos and a conclusion of that left me with peace in my mind and my heart.

THE STORY OF ME

One of my first memories was when I was around 2 and I was building this most fantastic sandcastle with some neighborhood children.  I even added a penny for the castles treasure, which made one of the children sad because it was their penny.  I also added sticks and flowers to beautify my pile of sand.

As I got older around 4, I would lay on the floor with my dad and he would draw a picture and I would replicate it as best as my 4 year old abilities would allow.  His tree might have been a perfect blend of yellows, reds, and oranges while mine was a little more abstract with pink and black in the mix and my horse would have stick legs but I was creating. 

 I soon moved on to using my own imagination and would draw pictures of  houses..not any house my house and not the house I lived in my home when I was the mommy.   I wish I had some of the drawing from my 5 year old ideals of my future home. 

 I always excelled in art class and when I was 9 I decorated my room for the first time.  I was constantly moving furniture around and adding new items here and there through my teenage years and continued drawing, painting, sculpting...CREATING!  When I was 17 I was given a budget and was able to redecorate my whole room from scratch, I loved black, white, and teal in those days and loved hunting down the items to makeover my bedroom. 

The busy years of college and having 2 jobs hindered the time to create and then I was preparing for my first baby and creativity abounded as I was preparing for the little one to arrive.  Everything from finding the perfect bedding and painting my childhood shelves to coordinate into the sweetest little nursery.

  I can't sing a note or play a instrument beautifully. I can't run a marathon or score the winning goal.  I can't maintain a perfectly clean and organized house or do I want to, but I can imagine and create those things my mind has so clearly envisioned...Creating is who I am at the core of my being I was born to create.  The following snippet puts into words my feelings to an exactness about creating(before playing the following video you will need to pause the music by hitting pause button on the ipod  in the bottom right corner):




I started this blog to document my creations so my children could see later on in life who I was as a person, so I could make them each a book of things we did together when they were children.  A place where I could be me a creative woman in all areas of my life, it is who I am. 

 I soon realized and it has become more evident to me in the past several months that my blog has been used a measuring stick to see where they add up as a women and a mother, this was not my intent when I started my blog.  I have projects that fail miserably and take time away from my children.  I have flopped more meals than I care to admit and my children still think I am the best chef ever.  My closets and cupboards hide all manners of discretion and as I look around now and see baskets and baskets of laundry that need to be folded and clothes to be put away, clutter on tables and counter tops, a pile of items by the front door that have been there all week.....I think if everyone could see this in the midst of my creativity there is imperfection.

I love the following video and its message of giving ourselves a break, be smart about how we spend our time, be happy NOW, and know who we are as women and what we mean to out Heavenly Father is such a powerful message I wanted to share it with you:

We are all daughters of a loving and kind Heavenly Father and He loves each one of us for who we are as individuals and as for me...

I AM CREATIVE

 Who are you???

 I want my children's children to know it and so the blog continues with its original intent to bless my children with a legacy of creativity!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Jewels With Jewels

With the loss of a dear friend in the last couple of weeks, I feel this following hymn sums up my feelings and thoughts I have for her.



1. Each life that touches ours for good
Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord;
Thou sendest blessings from above
Thru words and deeds of those who love.
2. What greater gift dost thou bestow,
What greater goodness can we know
Than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways
Strengthen our faith, enrich our days.
3. When such a friend from us departs,
We hold forever in our hearts
A sweet and hallowed memory,
Bringing us nearer, Lord, to thee.
4. For worthy friends whose lives proclaim
Devotion to the Savior’s name,
Who bless our days with peace and love,
We praise thy goodness, Lord, above.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

St Patricks Day FUN

THE DECORATIONS
I made a garland by tying different colored green ribbon onto a piece of thin rope and hung it onto the mirror, added carnations to a green buckets, moved my white candles and the framed subway art  in front of the mirror and that was about it for decorating for St Patricks Day......

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THE TREATS
We made some fun treats and this was a total cheat but the kids are not going to care one bit.  I used a whoopie pie mix and green sprinkles instead of the ones they provided in the box.  Then we dumped some skittles into the jar.  As I was doing other things I said to my hubby I really had envisioned the skittles in a rainbow layer and the next thing I knew the skittles were dumped out onto the table and being sorted by color...thank you honey!!!

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THE BREAKFAST
The Leprechauns left us breakfast..using a plate left over from last year we wrote the children a little note and provided Lucky Charms, shamrock straws, napkins, and int he fridge liquid gold(we found the cutest little individual apple juices that came in clear bottles). 

 I wanted to share a little hint when you by a package of plates or napkins for a holiday pull out only what you need for your family and save the rest..you can use the rest to put in their lunches or even save for next year and this does cut down the cost!!!

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THE ACTIVITIES
Even though my kiddos are older they still love to dig through a sensory bin.  Plus I made flashcards for them individually to practice math skills.  Then they would count out the answer into the bucket.  As an example the card would say 2X6=______ gold coins or 3+1=_____green pompoms.  We also have a bunch of coloring pages and craft projects lined up to do.

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THE TRAPS
My children are very creative(yahoo for me) and now that I have decided not everything has to look just so(let's be honest perfect) they have had a lot more fun.  Here is one of the trails to lure the leprechauns to the trap....
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(sorry about the quality of the picture)
We made the traps out of construction paper and take out boxes.  What do you think they caught......
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Oh yes they caught a leprechaun this year but did you know if you catch one they turn into a statue...who knew!  They also caught a little bucket full of mint dark chocolate M&M's(I found the bag at Walgreens and the leprechauns were plant stakes with the stake removed found at Michaels)
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Jewel with Jewels

     We ended the week of Dr. Seuss' birthday with going to see the Lorax and was reminded of one of my most favorite of quotes:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”



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Monday, March 5, 2012

Pallet Shelf

My husband found me this fabulously weathered pallet amongst the other ones he had picked up for me.  As we were having our pulling apart the  pallets party(which is really what you need to call it because it is really no party and so you need to make it fun somehow) we were cruising right through them and then when we came to this one I decided I didn't want to pull it apart so it was set to the side, I had a vision for it.   A few days later I pulled the middle pallet boards out leaving 2 on each side and then we hung it on the wall to display our newly painted K's.  I love it and it has its perfect home in our homework room!

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