Creative license

December 3, 2010

I have always enjoyed drawing. When I was a little, tiny girl every free scrap of paper was soon filled with drawings of horses. Over time they got better and better and I even branched out to unicorns and pegasuses (pegasi?). My parents were very good about encouraging me… they sent me to art class and I had a private art tutor for a while. Reading and drawing equids consumed most of my free time.

Then, without warning, a piano was delivered to the house and the TV was removed. Shortly thereafter, with a mouth full of braces, headgear and rubber bands, I was told I would also play the oboe. People in my family are incredibly gifted when it comes to music. I am not.

Struggling with piano and oboe took more and more of my time. My slow improvement was made all the more obvious by my brother’s apparent gift for guitar and sax. He excelled at technical drawing and my cutesy horses and landscapes seemed less and less a talent than a distraction.

In all fairness, my hard work and success riding horses was being encouraged and nurtured to the fullest extent by everyone in my family… I could not have asked for more unbridled (ha!) enthusiasm in that regard!

Over the years I have periodically carried a sketch book and pencils. Especially on vacations I like to really absorb myself in the surrounding landscape and capture it on paper.

But I don’t have that compulsion to express my creativity like some people who I admire greatly. I have neglected that part of myself to the point where I lack all confidence in expressing myself for beauty as opposed to function.

This blog started as entertainment for my mom and for Rachel as I dipped my toe in to expressing my creativity with my home. I am proud of what I achieved to that end. My apartment turned out beautifully and I gave my girls some laughs! I also met some really interesting, creative folks who were a great source of encouragement and motivation.

After a period of rest I am here again, and trying to reconnect to folks who are better nurturers of their creativity. Already I have discovered some new and beautiful forces.

Please visit the new additions to my Bloggy Buddy links… many of them are craftspeople. Encourage them by being patrons of their art. Visit their shops… after all, it IS the holiday season. The things they make are much more interesting than what you may find mass-produced in a department store. The world is a better place because they create beautiful, unique things.

It gives me great comfort to be spending time on creating beauty… something that I lose sight of when I don’t make an effort to surround myself with people who inspire me.

To my newfound Bloggy Buddies… welcome and thank you already!

p.s. photography has really been calling to me…. oh, my kingdom for a camera!




  1. well its awesome you are using your blog to restart those creative juices flowing…
    I am also one who sometimes has to kindof give myself a little push in the creative direction, but I tend to be in a better mood when I do…
    Anyway, I am super glad to have you as a new bloggy friend.

  2. I feel quite proud and privileged to be on the list. Knowing how you like what you like and don’t what you don’t and also to be in the mix with Kelly, Susie and Jillian is quite something.

    Thanks Emily 🙂

    • Chris, you’re lighting the fire under me with the December Evenings… I LOVE having a daily creative assignment!

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