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reigniting my inner artist…

February 2, 2012

Those that know me well know that art has always been a huge part of me.

I studied art through high school and college, apprenticed for a designer, and painted, lettered, sketched, took pictures. A. LOT.

and then I had children…

With so many little fingers around there wasn’t space or time for the art I once did.

So I adapted.

Having my first child thrust me into the desire to scrapbook every moment of his life, but then I blinked and had 3 children and not one completed scrapbook. I played with rubber stamping. Stamps took over my craft space. When our basement flooded while I was pregnant with baby #4 (happy birthday Mikaela!!) I temporarily lost my craft space and grew a desire to craft in a way that was a little more portable. We had just started to cloth diaper so I was venturing into wool covers and had my mom teach me knitting basics. I knit A LOT. I wanted more yarn in more colors so I grabbed some undyed yarn and dug out my old dyes. CreativLEI Made was born. Knitting and dyeing soon led to spinning my own yarn too. SO. MUCH. FUN. When I began homeschooling I lost the time I used to have to dye. I still knit and I still spin though.

After losing Miranda knitting is just… different.

I should be knitting longies and sweaters for my little peanut. But she’s not here. The layette I knitted for her has been packed away. I’ve worked on some knitting for myself, mostly shawls and a little bit of spinning.

But it just isn’t the same right now.

I found an offering for an online lettering class from Joanne Sharpe (Whimspirations). It was very reasonable priced and I have nearly all the supplies in my stash already, so I signed up.

I had a blast rummaging through my stash and putting my supplies into a nice portable workcase so that I can work on my homework whenever and wherever I get a few minutes.

I love journaling and the idea of doing it a little more artistically tickles me.

We’re two lessons in so far and I’m having so much fun! It’s been a great creative outlet.

It isn’t too late for you to join in!

Be sure to say hi if your in the class with me! Can’t wait to see you there.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. dakord0505 permalink
    February 2, 2012 3:28 PM

    We’re homeschooling artists, too. Unconventional methods used to scare me, until I learned to judge less and love more. My creative wells had dried, but my daughter, 10-year-old-artist with ingenious talent provided the muse to revitalize my tired spirit. Corny? Perhaps, to some, but our experience is somewhat brighter. The confines of a traditional classroom presented many challenges, but so does the homeschool environment, at times. Still, the academics are accredited, and my 4th grader earns her grades in a freestyle fashion that’s comfortable for her. . . all while our inner artists emerge and grow. I tweak the lesson plan quite a bit. How do you separate home, school, work, and your personal space?

    • February 17, 2012 5:52 PM

      This year I am actually using a “do-the-next-box” type of curriculum (Charlotte Mason style) and it is actually the gentle structure of it that is freeing me so much! I never knew I liked this sort of thing. 🙂 We are blessed to have a dedicated space in our home that is our school area, but currently we’re doing most of our work on the dining room table. Each child has all their supplies in a bin and they just bring them to the table for work and put them away afterwards. I want our home to encourage education but not scream “this is a school”. I also have a craft area in the home office but my various projects pepper much of our home since I work on things at all different times and places. It’s our home and it definitely reflects us.

  2. February 10, 2012 10:47 AM

    I’m so glad that God uses art to lead us into healing.

    And I understand what you mean about the knitting. I’ve been loom knitting since my Eve died, and the repetitive nature brings up a lot of hard feelings. But that’s okay — this is grief.

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