In the past few months I’ve been learning quite a bit about what my kids and I need to have good days and how I need to structure things in order for it all to work. I’ve been pondering out how my own creativity fits with meeting their needs. Lately I am inspired by the writing of Charlotte Mason and find that something that we all need to grow well is to spend lots of time outside.
Sometimes I just send the kids into the backyard and try to get somethings done around the house, but often we all load up with the dogs and head into the woods. I bring a blanket and snacks and we find a good spot. We explore and find new plants and usually the kids wind up in some sort of imaginative play while I get some time to myself.
I’ve been trying to find handwork I can bring along. Instead of thinking that all sewing do must be on a machine, I’ve (finally) realized that if I want to have relaxing time to create things I must adjust my expectations a little. By bringing along handwork, I can be present with the kids and still focus on something I’m making. Out in the woods they can go and do and not have to hear ‘no’ very often. They get plenty of new experiences to tuck away, new images to think on and my love for nature is nourished and I feel renewed.
The ball in the picture was inspired by this tutorial on making a fabric beach ball from the purl bee. I just used a blanket stitch for the seams. I’ve sewed a few of them, but this was the only one I could dig out of the ball bucket in the boys’ room. They’re a fun way to use up scraps and they go together very quickly.