shortly before my hard drive failed i finished reading amanda soule’s first book “the creative family.” i was inspired to create more space in our daily life for creativity. not space that requires that all creating end in something that looks “good” but that i instill in my children a sense of the joy of playing with color and texture and placement and whatever they want so that creating is about the process not the outcome. this means, that i too have to let go of what i think art should look like and just – well, create.
i got a “special art book” for the bean and resurrected an old journal of my own so that we had some place special to create. i also dusted off my knitting needles. and in the last few weeks we enjoyed markers, colored pencils, oil pastels (ok only for mama), paints, stamps, embroidery, and wool. here are just a few iphone pics of what we have been up to.
ok, sorry for the picture over load. but i just decided to share and the sharing came tumbling out. i am loving getting back to knitting and after finishing the bean’s hat i started in on a baby blanket for a friend’s newborn, next up a hat for chickpea. what are you working on?
today it is cold and rainy which really drives home for me the fact that the fall is here. as we enter the new season i am struggling to figure out what our rhythm here is going to be and how it will work. the more i read about waldoft style early education the more inclined i am to try to fit some of the ideas into our days. at the same time, the bean is in preschool now three mornings a week and i am not sure how to fit that together with my desire to waldorf our days.
any of you out there struggling through this combination of wanting to use out of home preschool and also do some real thinking about what the time within the home feels like and how it is structured? i’d love help piecing through all my conflicting ideas and feelings.
happy fall and enjoy your creating.