Hi everyone! i’m excited to be posting the first edition of a regular column here on Scoutie Girl. i’ve been asked to post about my creative living mindset, and believe me, i’ve got it. You might wonder what exactly a “creative living mindset” is. I’m sure the definition would change depending on who you ask. But for me, it means that when my creative juices get flowing, my first instinct is to make, not to buy. When I choose items for my home, i consider their aesthetic as well as the mood and personality they conjure. When I sit and think of experiences to provide for my son, Cooper, i go straight to interactive ones that i can enhance with a little imagination and effort.
The title for my column is wake. create. repeat. because when i pare it down, that is the core of my life. For example, yesterday when i woke, i hung a few artworks in my newly renovated office, which i had sketched up, and my husband constructed using IKEA countertops, salvaged cabinets, and some clever wordworking. Then i got on with the “gypsy rocking horse” project i’ve been working on. More on that doozy later. And i filled the rest of my day with typical office work, and the nuts and bolts of running a business…plus, building a few Lego houses and making up some new code words for “kisses” with C. He thinks code words for “kisses” are hysterical, like our little secret. Our favorite is McGooch. It sprang from the phrase Smooch McGooch~ don’t ask! Later, when my husband got home from work, we went outside to put in a couple hours painting our deck railings. We had built a pergola and new steps last year but were too tired by the end of the project to do the requisite 2-3 coats of paint. And, um, it showed! We needed to correct that. Finally, we set up a second sandbox under the swingset, cleaned up, and headed in for dinner.
This is just what we do.
We spend a lot of time at Lowe’s and Home Depot and Joann Fabrics and AC Moore. i always have paint under my nails and in my hair. Our house is usually full of half-finished paintings, sawdust, and pipe-cleaner caterpillars. In a world where it is oh-so-simple to be a consumer for your every need, we really try everyday to create something of our own.
Now, i’m not saying i don’t enjoy a good Target run or a little retail therapy from time to time….because boy do i! But in this space, i’m just going to share the parts of my story with you that reflect creative living. Whether that means instituting family traditions or mixing my own floor cleaner, making a piece of artwork as a birthday gift for my mom or sewing up a curtain to make a reading nook for my son, i will give you an honest accounting of my experience.
Here are some pics of the aforementioned deck, office renovation, reading nook. And i’ve got plenty more to share.