Category Archives: life made creative

life made creative is simply our life…made creative. it’s our home, our projects, our wears, our celebrations and our daily happenings…all done with a little playful creativity!

2016 truth and BIG MAGIC

one word…YES!  no, two words….YES! FINALLY!!  no, 44 words…yes! finally!! a kindred spirit has captured the very description i have been looking for to so adequately explain the fear of  “i’m not worth being creative anymore because i am stuck and in a weird funk, so i’m through.” phase i’ve been in.

reading BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert has transformed my thinking.

i am so truly grateful! not only for her constructive dissection of the creative struggle but more importantly…her empathy! she has masterfully described exactly what i have been going through the last few years creatively with painful yet insightful detail!

i’ve only started to devour it, and already find myself reading the same pages over and over again earnestly trying to digest every word while welding it to memory!

my words have been and will always be, first and foremost, a guide for my little flock.  so i share this in hopes you will learn from my vulnerability girls!

the book outlines an abundance of fears to halt creativity.  as i read the inventory of fears,  i recognized every item listed (except one).  in fact, i didn’t just recognize them…i knew them well.  more than that…i totally face them and let them cast a shadow on my creative self.

all right here comes my Brene Brown moment!!

i have allowed my creativity to become plagued with fear of failure, expectations of perfection, and beliefs of inadequacy. its paralyzing!

these fears are real.  scary and real. fears like, my work won’t be good enough, witty enough, or cute enough. i don’t have the time, energy or resources to attain it with the exact expectations i have set for myself. i am past that artsy phase in my life.  i should be cooking, cleaning, working or mothering. i’m not smart enough, skinny enough, clever enough, cool enough…blah, blah, blah…blah…blah!!!   BLAH!

the fears are real.  but they are just fears.  you can either feed them or starve them…its up to you!

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.  What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.  We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits.  We are terrified, and we are brave.  Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.  The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.”

Elizebeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert…really?!  eat, pray, love…i mean i was so moved by that work, but you have hit the mark with this one! if you are struggling with this, i would encourage you to get the book , read the words, and do the work to move through the fear.  that’s my plan!   a life made creative is enriching!  its fun, colorful, exciting, and warm. simply put…it’s what i want for me and my family.

truth: i trusted.

truth: i was betrayed.

truth: it hurt.

truth: it still hurts.

truth: it is much safer for me to be guarded, to mistrust myself and others, and to keep busy avoiding the day miss creativity comes back into my life.

wait…that’s not true! it may be easier and safer…but not embracing your need to connect with creativity hurts you every single day you don’t let her in!

stop feeding fear! he’s a nasty lot. you can recognize him, even wave and smile at him if it suits you…but don’t put your hand in the cage!

be guarded, bitter and jaded…or be confident with mindfulness…inspired with intuition…and brave with authenticity.

fortunately the soul steps in. fortunately miss creativity is forgiving. fortunately there is…courage!  she may be burried, bruised and a little  dusty, but she’s there ready to brushed off, held by the hand, and guided to live life with creativity the way she intended!!!

truth:

i love to nest.

i love to mother.

i love to write.

i love to paint.

i love to draw.

i love to craft.

i love to design.

i love to read.

i love to train.

i love to coach.

i love to think.

i love to look.

and i love to play.

2016: just do what you love heidi.

how to train your dragon party

oh happy day miss ireland!

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my ireland is totally into dragons!!!  from the second she saw how to train your dragon, she was hooked.  we were so excited this last spring to do a how to train your dragon party to celebrate irleland’s 6th bithday!

we decorated our entry way to welcome each of our guests to dragon training.

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of course we had all sorts of yummy goodies.  sweets, little gifts, and tasty drinks.

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there were lots of fun games and activities. we made viking helmets, had a dragon egg hunt, and painted dragon eggs.

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it was a blast! i love you ireland!  you are growing up so strong, so inventive, with so much imagination, and with an unwavering zip for life!

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a frozen birthday party

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frozen is so loved right now by cute little girls everywhere , and our reagan is no exception!  to no surprise she chose to have a frozen birthday party this year…and it was a blast to do!

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of course no frozen party would be complete with out elsa and anna themselves!

frozen party games

the kids enjoyed making jeweled headbands, playing pin the nose on olaf, and creating snowflakes with glitter glue and ear cleaners.

frozen party treats

…and let’s not forget the treats!  we had plenty of them.  the dessert table had cupcakes, dipped marshmallows, wrapped ice gum, colored candy, jello and lots of chocolate goodies.

frozen party birthday girl

it’s really bittersweet each year when we celebrate my sweet babes. closing one chapter of their life, yet leaping in to the next… i love how my dear reagan is growing, and what a beautiful little woman she is becoming.  i love how full of spirit she is. she whole heartedly dives into each new stage of her life…she is brave, she is strong, she is creative, and she is alive!  that being said…i try to cling to every memory and my heart certainly stings a bit as they grow…its just so darn fast!  i cherish every minute i have with this little babe…simply put…i love her!

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