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Life update 2014

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Life update 2014

Hi all!

It’s been too long. So much has happened since the last time I blogged in June. I haven’t felt like blogging much due to some rough times on the home front. I think I’m finally ready to start-up again. This is long so if you feel like getting comfy before reading please do 😉

YAY!

YAY!

When I last posted I was still on the Robin’s Nest design team, I finished my time with them and had a great time. Shortly after that term ended I was asked to be on another design team, the Amazing Crafting Products team. I get to play and work with resin and make molds out of some amazing stuff! Just after my first project I got a call I never thought I’d get, a call I wish I never got. My brother called me and told me our father was dead. I lost my amazing, bear-hug giving, encouraging, wise father. A man who was my rock after losing my mom, a man who pursued his bucket list the year after Mom died. My father was killed in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t his fault. My family is no longer intact as it was growing up. Losing my Dad shortly after losing my mom out of the blue to cancer was a total and complete shock to my system. He died a few weeks before his 65th birthday. My brothers and I sprang into action immediately and liquidated his house and belongings, met with a lawyer, collected his items, made arrangements for cremation within a week of everything happening. I’m incredibly proud of how they stepped up to the plate to get everything together and have the mind to know what to do and when, I know I couldn’t be that person. My brother Micah has been doing an amazing job handling the estate stuff and I think it’s almost at an end 6 months later.

My amazing father, I was so blessed to have him. <3

My amazing father, I was so blessed to have him. ❤

After losing Dad I’ve lost the desire to create and do art. I’ve been around my amazing art tribe, amazing art friends, art events and nothing … nada … zip … no creativity. It has really bothered me and I know it’s part of the loss, I’m regrouping myself, finding out what’s important to me and what isn’t. It’s showing me true friends, people who care and people who couldn’t care less.

Can you tell which eye has the 3D mascara on?

Can you tell which eye has the 3D mascara on?

During this time I found a new passion that I really love and that is making people feel beautiful. I’m now a presenter for the amazing and fastest growing direct sales company, Younique. Yes I sell that 3D mascara! How does makeup tie in to my loss? My father always, always encouraged me in business whether it was a good or bad decision. I was getting really depressed over the summer with the loss of my parents and loss of my creativity, my world was shattered. Being a stay-at-home mom can get lonely at times and I had way too much time to think, which made me overthink and do what-if scenarios (those are never good). My neighbor had a virtual makeup party and I bought this 3D mascara that I kept hearing about and it changed my life, literally! This makeup company I believe God put in my path at the right moment to get me out of the dumps. Dad passed on July 13th and I signed up August 6th. One of the reasons I signed up was because I knew he would have encouraged me to do so, the 2nd week in the company I had 2 friends sign up under me, the following week I had 2 more, it felt like a blessing and it has been a blessing. I am again contributing to the family financially, I’m able to bless others and give when I want to and give freely, this has always been a passion of mine but I’ve never been able to. I thank God for Younique and I really feel like Dad is smiling and cheering me on with my new venture. I’ve had to be creative in a different way with this company and marketing myself, I’ve had a smile daily since joining and I haven’t stepped back into the darkness of depression. Here is my website if you’d like to check it out yourself.

My 2nd cousin Amanda on the right :)

My 2nd cousin Amanda on the right 🙂

The past few months I’ve been able to do a lot of traveling as well! I got to go visit my amazing cousin Carolyn (more like my sister) in NJ and her family. Manasquan was beautiful in September!! Her family is another shining example of how to live with hardship and setbacks. All 3 of her daughters, as well as her husband have congenital heart issues and have been in and out of hospitals much of their lives. They are still living and dreaming and making plans in the midst of it all. Her son is away at West Point and they couldn’t be prouder of their entire brood. Keep them all in your prayers. If you’d like to donate to their charity please check it out here. They are amazing and their charity should be known. Love you guys!

Our view!

Our view!

In October I got to go back to Vegas with my hubby, it had been 4 years since the last time. We stayed at the MGM Grand again and it was still fun to get around. He was there for a work conference and I found stuff to do during the day. The days before the conference we did something on our bucket list, visit the Grand Canyon! I left my heart in Arizona and at the GC. We stayed right on the canyon at the Bright Angel Lodge, this was our view from the steps of our room. The most incredible experience ever and I can’t wait to go back! We loved it so much we are decorating our house in a Southwestern theme.

Most of my tribe!

Most of my tribe!

In November I went to be with my art tribe in St. Pete. It was our year reunion since we all first started playing together in St. Pete the year before at the art retreat I went to on my 40th birthday “The Joy of Collage” with Lynn Whipple and e’Layne. I love these awesome women and they came to me at the right time in my life when I needed them. I treasure each and every one of them!

We braved a road trip to NC for Thanksgiving with these 2 crazies! We survived!

We braved a road trip to NC for Thanksgiving with these 2 crazies! We survived!

In November we took our first road trip as a family of 4 to North Carolina to be with my remaining family for Thanksgiving. What a crazy trip that was. It was nice being with family and I was really happy to be home to warmer weather, it wasn’t that cold there but boy I turned into a Florida blooded girl! It was great seeing my brother Nate and his growing family as well as the rest of the fam. My brother’s and I also released Dad’s ashes in Williamsburg, VA, one of his favorite places and where we took a lot of family vacations growing up.

On the art front I’ve been working for some amazing creative women who I just adore. e’Layne Koenigsberg and Lora Lee Davids of Art by e’Layne and 3 Hip Chics. These women have also been a Godsend to me, I was looking for a way to work from home (before Younique) and this job fell into my lap when I needed it. I paint boards for them to make repros of e’Layne’s art in the wholesale market and local markets. I also help with other various items as they live in St. Pete. I LOVE making trips to see them and “work”. Check out their amazing products here!

Lately I’ve started turning the loft into my indoor studio and I’m slowly starting to feel creative again. I’ve been building IKEA furniture left and right! I have to thank Susan for keeping me grounded in art on the design team, it’s been my only creative outlet for the last 6 months. I’m happy to say I’ve decided to stay on the team for the next 6 months or as long as she’ll keep me!

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Obligatory "I'm Published" shot at Barnes & Noble! LOL

Obligatory “I’m Published” shot at Barnes & Noble! LOL

This month another dream of mine came true when I got a piece of art published in Somerset Studio Gallery magazine! My painting Olive was sent in last year and was picked to be in the issue. I plan on sending more art in to hopefully be published. Next goal is to have a spread and not just an image in a mixed media mag. I want to thank all of my art friends who encouraged me to go for it! Check that off the bucket list!!

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Lily (3) and Lorelei (almost 8) on her birthday!

 

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How many kids get to have Santa sing “Happy Birthday” to them? My girl did!! 🙂

 

My sweet baby girl just turned 3 last week! How did that happen? Seriously, didn’t I just have her? Time is flying by so fast. Next month my oldest turns 8! What I’ve learned over the last 2 years is to live your life to the fullest, make each moment count, be positive daily, keep going even when you don’t feel like it, love on people and on your loved ones and anything can happen at any time. BE IN THE MOMENT and LIVE! Well that was much longer than I planned but a lot has happened in 6 months, hope I didn’t ramble too much.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.

XOXO

Aimée

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Gratitude

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Some days the things I’m grateful for seem to be hiding. Trying to stay positive and enjoying each moment of a stay-at-home-mom’s day is hard. I am grateful to be able to be home with my kids, the house cleaning not so much. I can’t keep on top of it all and I do try. I need to be more like a hummingbird. Here is a quote from the card company Papyrus that inspired my latest painting:

“Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.” Papyrus

 

I will be getting this scanned for prints and cards. Will post when I have those available.

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xoxo

Aimée

Life is good :)

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I finally feel like things are falling into place for us. It’s been a BIG struggle and a rough few years for my family but we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now. We are still getting settled into our home but have already started some fun routines, for instance we go on a walk around the block with the neighbors almost nightly after dinner. The kids ride their bikes or scooters, they walk their dogs and we get a little park time with the kids if it’s not too late. The kids want to play outside more than be in which in this day and age is AMAZING! I was always playing outside as a kid. I climbed trees, built forts, made jumps for our bikes and rode all over the neighborhood playing with neighbor kids. I didn’t think we’d find that in a neighborhood these days but we did! The houses immediately surrounding us have a total of  16 kids and that’s not including our 2. Our driveway turns into a personal game area, art pad and more, they play hopscotch, 4-square, draw with chalk, play basketball and just play in it. We’ve had sleepovers with our neighbor brothers which are a blast and of course POOL time! we will be living in it this summer. I couldn’t be happier here at our new home and I know my kids are super thrilled to have a play date almost daily. Our neighbors have a trampoline too and our neighbors in NY had one as well, it’s like we never skipped a beat! My heart is happy in a lot of things right now. It’s good to be settled. I can’t wait until we can start making the house ours, repainting and doing things that we want to do in the house. I need to have a house warming party soon!

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Super happy!!! God really blessed us here! We have built friendships fast and it was soo needed for us! I hope we’re here for a VERY long time!

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In ART news: I wanted to share my latest piece of art. This was a canvas I struggled over for a very long time!! Over a month, I kept adding layer upon layer and hated it each time. I then decided to turn it horizontal and it came to me! It is one of those pieces I’m shocked that I actually created. If someone else had made this I’d be ooing and ahing over it but I made it and it’s at my house! NUTS! I plan on getting it scanned for prints, cards and canvases. I originally named it “Lady in the Mist” but someone made the suggestion on FB to call her “The Light Bearer” and I decided that fit her better. Super happy with how she turned out! What do you think?

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This is what she originally looked like.

 

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Then I hated her and turned her into this:

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After this I kept adding on the layers and she looked worse! LOL It was a lesson in perseverance for me because I almost gessoed her and started over when all I needed to do was to turn the canvas. Don’t give up!!

On May 2nd Faith Arts Village Orlando (FAVO) is having their grand opening since the renovations and I’m participating! There was a chance to paint on a 5′ piece of vinyl wallpaper for FAVO and then they’re going to auction them off to help offset the costs of the renovations. This is what I created.

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I can’t wait to see what all the other artists are doing. I will have a small table set up with prints, cards, originals and jewelry that night from 5-9 pm.

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In other art news I am pleased to say that I’ve been offered an amazing opportunity to work with a woman I love and respect in the art world! I am now the virtual assistant to e’Layne Koenigsberg in her two businesses (Art by e’Layne and 3 Hip Chics). I get to work alongside her and her partner Lora Lee Davids, they are a dynamic duo! I am so excited because it’s something I can do from home while I’m here with the kiddos! Never heard of her? Pick of a copy of Somerset Studio and the other mags and you’ll see her everywhere! I am so excited about where this will lead for me as well. I haven’t worked for anyone in over 10 years! We both think this is a win win! I’m so glad I met you a few years ago e’Layne! We were supposed to cross paths for sure!

Here’s to a happy 2014!

xoxo

Aimée

 

Self Portrait and some news

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"Life is canvas ... the colors are you." ~ A-ha

“Life is canvas … the colors are you.” ~ A-ha

I used to created digital portraits all the time many years ago. Not once did I ever think to make one of myself until last week when I saw a local call to artists. So strange to me. I’m super happy with how it turned out. I used images of a few of my mixed media paintings in my hair. It blows me away but someone actually purchased this on canvas for their daughter’s beauty salon. I will be hanging in a salon, SO COOL! Just wanted to share!

Life has been hectic lately but things are moving along. I’ve been dealing with sickies with my kiddos as well as myself. My studio is set up in the garage since the move and I’m hoping it can stay out there through the summer but FL summer’s are stupid hot and not sure how much time I’ll actually spend out there if it’s unbearable.

This week I’m branching out and doing something new, I’ll be doing a private art lesson on Wednesday night which excites and freaks me out at the same time because I’m so scattered when I do my art! Wish me luck!

The #twitterartexhibit is next week at City Arts Factory in Orlando and it is benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance’s special needs classes. I am honored to be a part of such a cool event. I created a few post cards last year for the exhibit that was in California. This year it’s local and I’ll be able to attend and volunteer, can’t wait!! That same day my Soul Food class airs! That also freaks me out! I hope people learn my from quirky and often disorganized way of doing art. I’ve been super busy so no blog posts, hopefully this will hold you over for awhile. LOL

That’s it for now!!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Aimée

Just because …

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life is too short to not do what you want to do or be who you want to be. I’ve been wanting a nose piercing for years! I’ve gotten so close to getting it before but always chickened out or changed my mind. The last time I tried I was nursing Lilybean and they said it was a no-go, that was over a year ago. Well tonight things changed, I got the spontaneous thought to go get it done which included a drive to my tattoo shop only to find they were closed today due to Black Friday. Well I wanted it done so I braved the mall and found a small tattoo shop in the mall that does piercings. I was in and out in 15 minutes and there were no tears shed, screams to be heard or nerves present at all. Reminds me of the time I went skydiving, it had been a dream for so long that when I finally did it, it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I wasn’t scared at all. So happy. Yes I’ll be that granny with tattoos and piercings but who cares?? I don’t. Be who you want to be, live how you want to live, love God, love your family and don’t hold back. Life is too short to not be happy. Just DO IT!

I can check this off my bucket list.

I can check this off my bucket list.

Inspiration Comes From Many Places

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Welcome to Week Two of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood

by Lucy H. Pearce


Today’s topic is Creative Heroines. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. 



Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way!

December 4th: Creative Inheritance.

December 11th: The Creative Process.


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Being creative has always been a part of me, I was born into a creative family. My mother is probably my earliest creative heroine. I grew up in the Northeast between NY and VT. We lived near the amazing Lake Champlain. Being on the lake was a part of my life especially in the summers. Both sets of grandparents had summer camps on the lake and we were always at one or the other. Some of my fondest memories are from my childhood on that lake. We could pick up the smooth stones and skip them as far as we could on the water. We collected stones to take home, some in cool shapes. It was these natural beauties that my Mother encouraged me to paint. I remember sitting at the dining room table (that my father made) and painting my little heart out. When I got sick of rocks I moved on to glass bottles. I still remember doing this. I was very young, I want to say I was 3. My mother loved to paint and I found that love through her. As I got older I’m sure I moved on to painting bigger things. She encouraged my creativity and I’m so glad she did. She was encouraged by her family as well. My Nana’s home was filled with paintings (really good ones) that her kids did for her in oil paint. It is part of my heritage.

thank you google images

thank you google images

Fast forward many years and to my first art class I can remember, I think it was about 4th or 5th grade. I started learning about many artists and styles and I was intrigued. The things that fascinated me most was the back stories about the artists and their struggles and how that influenced their art. Some of my favorites were Modigliani, Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein, Renoir and Magritte. There are so many artists I love, I treasure my art history books from college, they are a world of information to me. I soak up history of any kind but art history is my absolute favorite. I had the chance to travel to France in college and went to the Louvre and Musée D’Orsay and it all came to life! The back stories and everything came back to me. My nickname on the trip was the future art curator! LOL I hope this love never goes away. I have to thank my teacher in college Dennis Costanzo (my creative hero) for bringing art history to life for me. I am truly grateful.

Orsay Museum, Paris, France

Orsay Museum, Paris, France

I have a hard time with being a creative mother at times. If the urge to be creative hits then I drop everything else that needs to be done and go get my hands in paint! I can’t ignore the call because if I do it’s gone. Because of this my house is always a mess, dinner is late sometimes and my kids fend for themselves if they’re not at school or napping. I end up with creative guilt so to speak. God made us creative beings and He gave us our gifts to give and help others with it, I truly believe this. There are times a painting from someone else just speaks to me and it resonates so deep that I have to have it. The other artist didn’t know what I was going through but they painted something that was super healing for me. They are helping me out in their own way. I don’t know how many times that has happened but it has. This happened recently and this certain painting pretty much described the last 2 years of my life, I showed it to my hubby and he started getting teary-eyed. Art is a gift meant to be shared. I need to find the happy balance of keeping a smooth running home and my creativity alive and well.

art by Tara Ross but one of my artsy FB friends!

art by Tara Ross but one of my artsy FB friends!

Supporting myself as a creative mother means allowing myself time to reawaken my creative juices. I do this by going to a local bookstore and browsing the mixed media magazines. Those pages are filled with artists and friends of mine. I am so blessed to be a part of a large mixed media community of people who share their expertise, encourage others and just go for their dreams. I’m so proud when I pick up one of those magazines and read an article that my friend wrote and then have the chance to go stay at her home at an art retreat. It’s an amazing blessing. I allow myself time to connect with these people via social media mostly. I give myself time to play in the studio with no pressure of creating to sell but creating to create. You need to recharge your creativity. If you get a chance to go to an art retreat even a local art class it does wonders for your creative self. It is a must do and it helps so much. Get together with a bunch of friends and just make something together. Go out and DO IT! This supports not only you but your friends as well. Help your friends nurture their gift, find their gift so they can help others too. I love just going to support my friends if they’re in a local art show, you don’t have to buy anything but just knowing you came out to support them means the world to them. Art is a gift and the inspiration for it can be found in many places, you just have to look for it!

xoxo

Aimée



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– exclusive access to a private Facebook group for creative mothers

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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud celebrates her creative fairy godmothers, and gives thanks for the creative blessings that each has gifted her.
  • And on her other site, The Happy Womb, Lucy expresses her sadness at a lack of real-life female mentors and Wise Women in her life so far.
  • Becky at Soul Sunshine shares the creativity heroines– her Saviors– who reactivated her creative heart after a near-20-year-hiatus.
  • Lucy Pierce from Soulskin Musings explores the ways in which three artists have inspired her to follow the inner wild of her own creative narrative and it’s interface with the forces of nature and of Spirit.
  • Kae at The Wilde Womb shares how she invokes her inner child when summoning creative juices. 
  • Zoie at TouchstoneZ reflects on the women who have inspired her most. 
  • Alex at The Art of Birth shares her Journey of a Creative Mama which is all about liberating the Feminine through Art.
  • Laura at Authentic Parenting is grateful to those women who have inspired her.
  • Who most inspires Georgie at Visual Toast? She’ll tell you here!
  • Please come to the dinner party, invites Nicki at Just Like Play, where we will celebrate Judy Chicago, art, womanhood, and the creative kitchen table.
  • Becky at Raising Loveliness shares her creative heroines.
  • Dawn Collins at The Barefoot Home honors three artistic mothers in the post:her strong willed Nona, her free spirited mother and the best solo artist ever… Mother Earth.
  • Angela at Peach Coglo looks to her grandma and granny as her creative heroines when the creative going gets tough.
  • Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine wears odd socks proudly!
  • Kelly at Knittingandthings shares how she turned her grief into helping others  
  • Biromums remember their biggest creative heroines.
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares who inspires her.
  • Aimée at Creativeflutters discusses which artists influence her in her creative journey. Find out how she nourishes herself as a creative mother, and finds the time to help other moms on their journeys.
  • Creativity is something that’s always meant the most to Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl and she can’t wait to take the journey in identifying herself and supporting other moms with it as well.
  • KatyStuff has a mother who allowed her to make mud pies while she knit or embroidered near by.
  • Ali Baker is a creative mama to twin girls who reignited her creative energy and sense of who she used to be by just doing it and creating whatever needs to be created in an imperfect way. 
  • Liz at Reckless Knitting remembers her biggest inspirations.
  • Milochka  at Art Play Day shares her creative heroines.

Motherhood + Creativity – They Must Coexist …

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Welcome to Week One of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood

by Lucy H. Pearce



Today’s topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way!

November 27th: Creative Heroines.

December 4th: Creative Inheritance.

December 11th: The Creative Process.



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Motherhood + Creativity – They Must Coexist … for my sanity!!! Yes I said it, it keeps me sane to keep creativity alive and well at home. Being a stay-at-home Mom has it’s rewards, annoyances and sometimes the desires to go out and find a job. I have days when I ask myself if I’d be happier outside of the home and the little voice inside my head says this is what your kids need, this will keep a healthy home, this is the best thing and this is the stage of life where they need me the most. I know there are women in the working world who would envy life at home and I’m not saying I’m not grateful, I just lose my sanity for a bit and then wake up.

Being creative at the beach last Memorial Day.

Being creative at the beach last Memorial Day.

One thing that keeps me sane and loving being home is that as an artist I have the time to create during nap time or when my oldest is in school, I have that freedom. When my oldest daughter was younger we would do lots of crafts at home, the messier the better! We had freedom with our creativity. I loved bringing her into my art world and it gave me the art fix I needed for the day as well as bonding time as mother and daughter. That was a luxury because she was the only child then. Fast forward 5 years later and along comes daughter number 2, most creativity together has stopped because of the age difference. I just went away to a fabulous art retreat for my 40th birthday and came away with the desire to start creating again with my oldest. She desires it as much as I do. I always feel guilty when she says that she wants to do art with me (while I’m cooking dinner, or some other mundane household chore). This year I am working my way back into the creative world with her. We are going to collaborate on some pieces. One challenge is going to be creating with the youngest as well, I may start with finger painting.

Lo at 2 years old helping me paint her rocker.

Lo at 2 years old helping me paint her rocker.

A memory I won’t forget. We still have this little rocker minus the ball on top that our Lily-Bean is now using.

Finished product. She primed it and painted the blue with a little help.

Finished product. She primed it and painted the blue with a little help.

One thing that drives me nuts when working with kids is the short attention span, you have to constantly be changing things up. They move on quicker than you can get your area set up to start. One way to combat this challenge I believe is having a box of kid-safe goodies to touch, learn from and figure out. When they move on to the next thing they can reach in the box and see if that object inspires them or just fascinates them, turn it into a lesson some how. Kids are very tactile.

Some ideas to try with the kids at home:

  • finger painting

  • water-color

  • making simple ornaments

  • playing with stamps and ink

  • paper clay

  • simple collage

  • drawing

  • playing with found objects and creating something out of it

  • make your own play doh

  • coloring

A great place for inspiration is Pinterest! Make a board of crafts you’d like to try with your kids and work your way through that board. Not only are you all bonding but you’re keeping your sanity and keeping your boredom at bay. I’m preaching to myself here! Another great place for little crafts for kids is your local craft store, there are usually dollar bins with little activities for your kiddos. Keep it simple and fun. Keep your sanity with your creativity! Now go out and create something with your kids!! Make some new traditions and memories!

xoxo

Aimée

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and grab your free extras (first 200 orders only!):

– exclusive access to a private Facebook group for creative mothers

– a vibrant greetings card and book-mark of one of the author’s paintings.

Kindle and paperback editions from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble

or order it from your local bookshop!

Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares an extract from the chapter Nurturing a Family Culture of Creativity.



Lilly Higgins is a passionate food writer. Now a mother of two boys, she’s discovered a new calling: to instil in them a love of food and creativity in the kitchen.

DeAnna L’am shares how visioning the New Year with your child is an invitation to be inspired: use creativity and resolutions to create a fun road map for the year ahead.

Molly at Talk Birth on Releasing Our Butterflies – balancing motherhood with creativity.

Laura shares some of the creativity happening at Nestled Under Rainbows and a few thoughts about creativity.

Georgie at Visual Toast celebrates her own unique culture of creativity at home.

Esther at Nurtureworkshop spreads the love of the ordinary, the delights of everyday things that can be an adventure of the imagination.

For Dawn at The Barefoot Home creativity is always a free form expression to be shared by all in a supportive environment where anything can be an art material.

Naomi at Poetic Aperture is a mother, artist and photographer who tries to keep her daughter away from the expensive pens and paints.

Aimee at Creativeflutters writes about keeping your sanity and creativity intact with small kids in the house in her post: Mother + Creativity – They Must Coexist.

Amelia at My Grandest Adventure embarks on a 30 Days of Creativity challenge…you can too!

Becky at Raising Loveliness explores creating with her smaller family members.

Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine reveals how children help us connect to our souls, through music and movement.

Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush shares her experiences of creating with kids.

Brooke at violicious spent too much time worrying and trying to be creative instead of letting it flow.

Joanna at Musings of a Hostage Mother explains why creativity at home is important to her in her post “I nurture a creative culture.”

On womansart blog this week – nurturing a creative culture at home.

Creative woman at Creator’s Corner loves color and uses it to paint, draw and decorate to inspire herself and her family.

It took until Amy at Mama Dynamite was pregnant aged 35 to discover her dormant creative
streak – she has found lovely ways of tuning into it every since.

Anna of ArtBuds is a trained educator and art therapist. She has been creating all her life and nurturing her daughter’s creativity at home is a priority.

Deb at Debalicious shares how her family enjoy creativity at home.

Emily at The Nest explores how creativity runs through her family’s life together.

Jennifer at OurMuddyBoots sees that encouraging creativity in children is as simple as appreciating them for who they are: it just means overriding everything we know!

Lisa from Mama.ie has discovered that a combination of writing and traditional crafts can provide a creative outlet during those busy early years of new motherhood.

Anna at Biromums shares what nurturing a culture of creativity means to her.

Zoie at TouchstoneZ argues that the less they are interfered with, the more creative children become as they grow up.

Darcel at The Mahogany Way celebrates creating with her kids.

Molly at MollyLollyLoo explores her family’s shared creative times.

Liz at Reckless Knitting shares how she celebrates creativity with her family.

Sally (aka The Ginger Ninja) of The Ginger Chronicles is continually inspired by her own mum and grandmother.

Just being creative is enough, says Nicki at Just Like Play, as she ponders her journey of nurturing a creative family.

Allurynn shares her creative family’s musings in her post “Creativity… at the Heart of it” on Moonlight Muse.

Laura at Authentic Parenting explores how being creative saves her sanity.



Mama is Inspired talks about how she puts an emphasis on the handmade in her home, especially in the holiday season.

Kirstin at Listen to the Squeak shares with you several easy ways for busy mamas and dads to encourage their children to be creative every day.



Chiswick Mum believes that a healthy dose of chaos is the secret to nurturing creativity at home.

Mila at Art Play Day always lived in her dreams, sleepwalking through life … now she is finding out what creativity is all about…. her inner child!

Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From describes how picture books can nurture creativity in young children.