Monday, March 2, 2015

Creative Days

What does one do when it's just a bit too cold to spend any extended period of time outside? When the snow blows and stings the face?

Naturally, the paints and markers and watercolor pencils are pulled out of the cupboard and find a permanent resting spot on the dining table. The wooly projects fly off the needles at a much faster speed than usual. Kitchen science experiments are conducted over and over again. Soft wool is pulled out to be played with and made into pretty felted creations.

These have been our days. Filled to the brim with much creativity, much creating. Yes, this winter of ours might be long and hard, but we're going to take full advantage of the extra time indoors and the abundance of art supplies in our cupboard. And this is, admittedly, one of my favorite ways to pass time. Well, I shouldn't say to pass time, but rather to live in the moment. Color. Wool. Paints. Canvas. I really do feel most alive, most energized, when I'm creating and when I see my children doing the same.

And I wanted to send a special thank you to Staci from Life at Cobblestone Hill Farm. She recently had a giveaway, and, good gracious, I was one of the winners! My box of her handmade soaps arrived over the weekend, and they are so beautiful and so yummy-smelling. Thank you so much, Staci!

Looking for a quick and easy hat to knit? I whipped up a Lima hat with Rowan Lima over the weekend and even got started on a second.

Although we have lots of wool batting laying around, Lily made the little felted flower picture using the Artterro Needle Felting Kit. (affiliate link)

If you haven't signed up for my giveaway yet, be sure to go here and do so!


Devon said...

Where did you get the felting kits (assuming it's a kit?)... I would love to do that with my oldest some day!

You make homeschooling and homemaking look so pleasant!

born imaginative. said...

I totally would spend a whole month of winterdays inside with you. Just the stuff I love to do! Enjoy! :)

Heather said...

Amber, sometimes your posts just make me crave your house. I want to be in that coziness, it looks so peaceful and comforting. You're doing a good job, lady. You give me inspiration and motivation every time.

I love your kids art too. So great.


Reginas Cottage said...

hello amber,
just beautiful!!!!
greetings from germany,

steph said...

all the projects looks like a whole lot of fun....but I really love that needlefelting!!! :) happy arty day.

dutch sisters said...

Thank you so much for your visit over to our place. So now we found you too..
You are a very creative mom. Love the crafts you do with your children. We certainly Will be back for a longer visit!
Groeten, Heleen en Corry

Sita said...

What a beautiful space you have created for your children, I'm happy to have found your blog, I'm enjoying it! :-) love Sita

susan said...

Beautiful photos of a lovely "inside" day. I love that you have passed the gift of creativity on to your children. Hopefully, it won't be too much longer before we'll all be spending lots more time outdoors!

My Garden Diaries said...

How outstanding that you are able to share your creativity with your kiddos!! The projects that they created are wonderful!!! Such a beautiful blog you have here!!! I will be following along with you on blogloving. Blogger has been acting up and is currently not letting me follow any more blogs through GFC. I look forward to journeying along with you!! Nicole xo

karen said...

love the needle felting, looks like a super fun activity to do with kids! Busy days and fun crafts in your photos :)

Lisa said...

So much productive, artful busyness at your place! :)