Creativity and your Princess

July 30, 2012 in Creativity,lessons for daughters

A bright, needlepoint of Degas’s dancers lived with my grandma. She stitched it. I wish I knew when. There has to be over a hundred colors in the needlepoint. From ten feet away, it looks like a painting. Wherever grandma lived, the farmhouse, a few apartments, her cottage, the needlepoint followed. And whenever I visited, the needlepoint  mesmerized me. The threads and the colors mixed and created warmth and home.

The needlepoint lives here now that grandma passed away. It’s my treasure that sometimes makes me cry, the thing I wanted most from her home. Upon its reveal,  my daughter, who doesn’t remember the trip four years ago to grandma’s home inhaled audibly, “Mom, it looks like a Degas.” 

A few weeks later, passing a mural on the side of restroom in the picturesque town of Saugatuck, Michigan, I pointed and asked if the girls knew whose work the mural was imitating. Both girls, with only a pause to try and get the pronunciation correct, said, “George Seurat. You can tell by all the dots.” My oldest, again pausing for pronunciation added that he died young of diphtheria. (Mrs. Price, their art teacher would be so proud).

And so I’ve been thinking. About art. Famous artists. Famous-to-me artists. And creativity in general. How do we nurture this in our kids and why is it so important to me? 

The creativity of the world overwhelms me. It is so clear that God is an artist and that part of how we are made in his image is this desire to create.  The ways we create are varied and almost uncategorizable. Bug’s dear mentor can create and recreate most any project she wants from reupholstering to paintings. My husband can fix, with common objects, most anything in our house (finding time is another issue). I create with words. My grandma created original and reproductions with thread and yarn (and food in the kitchen). My mother designed buildings

So I introduce you to a four part series on creativity and ways and whys to nurture the creativity in your princesses. Here is some of what you can expect: 

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Eclipsed July 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm

What a wonderful idea. I think that most people want to put their creative mark somewhere wether it’s writing, painting, sculpting, decorating, sewing….the list is endless. It’s like a need to get something that is inside of us and make it tangible, make it real. I’ll definitely come back to check out your series.

Stopping by from SITS


Mothering From Scratch July 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm

{Melinda} This is a wonderful idea! 🙂 As someone who thrives on creativity, I definitely hope I’m passing this on to my children.

Part of it is in their DNA — they both naturally excel in writing and English. But I definitely want to foster those gifts so they can bloom as God intended. And I have to realize that some of that is just out of my control. They have to own it and pursue it themselves, especially as they get older.

Looking forward to your series! Your posts are always thought-provoking.


Pam July 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I look forward to this series! I have made it a priority to emphasize creativity in my kids, and now that they are young adults, I am seeing the fruit of that.


Kristiina July 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Super excited for this series!


Cindy August 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

The series sounds wonderful – I am the vintage dish and stitchery collector of the generations in our family…amazing work. I love the Charlotte Mason way of teaching about the great artists (we homeschool) – looking forward to your series…


Hwee August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Wow, the stitch is incredible!


Beverley Baird August 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

What a wonderful post and series! Will look forward to your series.
The best summer times I had my 3 kids was taking them to Haliburton School of Fine Arts for a week of art classes for each of us. We all loved it!


Jennifer @ Studio JRU August 5, 2012 at 2:05 am

What a wonderful series! It is amazing the variety of creativity around us. I love your treasured piece of art from your grandma. How special to have that as a keepsake!


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