on creativity


my tools


yum! bubblegum pink


our first egg ever!


oohing and ahhing...


egg art


old lace and new pillow cases


finished pillow cases


“to be creative is to be like God. To know how to take the things God has created and extend them further in acts of our own creating, to search out in one’s head an idea, and work over it with a mind and hands, selecting this, combining it with that, cutting away, discarding, adding, fitting and finally bringing forth something new-this is how we are made to be creators like our Father.”

~excerpt from We and Our Children, Molding the Child in Christian Living


finding the time to do some mama creative things during these extremely hot days isn’t easy. most of my activities revolve around keeping 4 children of such varied ages-busy. and alive. especially since the bickering seems to increase with the temperature. away from the television. and even finding things for them to do that keep them out of my hair for a while.

i cannot believe what an event the first egg was! here i was thinking i was the creative one today, getting two projects off my to do list completed. all along those chickens far outdid me! the kids were so enthralled at the discovery of this one precious egg. we were rather busy for quite some time. guessing who the lucky girl was that laid the masterpiece. discussing nesting boxes and plans on expanding the coop. there was even a hushed discussion as to who was going to be the lucky person to eat this first of many. middle son, in a hushed voice, noted that this was different because the ones that come from the store are already in a package, we don’t know the chickens. but this. this is OUR egg.

so i know i wasn’t supposed to move it. my hubby is an expert ya know. he lived with his grandmother one summer and apparently he learned all the tricks of the raising chickens trade. but that egg was too precious to us to be left out there with all those ladies. they step so carelessly on each other, in their water and food. that egg would’ve been scrambled for sure!

anyway, i did manage these two projects today, along with a thorough dining room, front room and girl room cleaning. tomorrow it’ll be the kitchen, bathrooms, and my room. wednesday the boys’ rooms and the loft and upstairs closets. although the loft will probably take me into friday. but it is time. after all we have been here since june. school will be starting before i know it. and we need a place to learn. and create. and play. an organized space close to the computer for the teen. space for the kindergartner. and a table for the middles.

well, hope you are finding ways to keep cool and be a little bit creative! i don’t know what other projects i’ll be able to squeeze in. especially since coconut kisses and chocolate chip cookies are somewhere in our plans this week. and for some reason things like that make me tired in this heat. can somebody tell my kids baking isn’t even legal when it’s 113 degrees outside? geesh.

ps. with regards to the corn tortillas, yes, they were good. a little salty. but i served them kind of like tostadas with a scoop of turkey chili beans, sour cream, lettuce and cheese on top.

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13 thoughts on “on creativity

  1. What a fun post, Regan! I want to have chickens, too and I want our kids to be able to show them for 4-H. That first egg is always beautiful … how awesome that your kids were so excited.

    The lace pillowcases are a dream. The old-fashioned lace … have you been saving it or did you find it while antiqueing (sp?)??

    Baking in 110+ weather. I can’t imagine wanting to do that!

  2. Great post and beautiful photos, Regan. It’s always nice to hear what you are up to.

  3. Congratulations on your egg! How wonderful. I love these photos.

  4. Popsickles is what they should be making! Lovely egg. And pillowcases. It was a white day.

  5. Again, I love your photography! It’s fun for us readers to follow along with your egg/chicken adventure! You just proved (at least for you) the chicken came before the egg!! 🙂

    Love the bubble gum pink table! I have a couple rooms I’d like to paint this winter, can’t wait!!

  6. 113, ugh. its been quite a few years since i lived in similar heat and i dont miss it one bit!!!!
    the pillow case looks lovely. you rock.
    the the turkey chili on the corn tortillas, yum. they looked thick enough that you wouldnt really even have to fry them to make them strong enough to hold the food (during lent we eat bean tapatillas, basically the same thing but with refried beans on the fried corn tortillas)

  7. Yippee Skippee your first egg!!! Thanks for sharing such news!!

    When I get my chickens I will be yelling from the roof tops also!

    Sounds hot there. We have had 70’s here in MN.

  8. I wish I could mooch of your dinner table some nights!!!!
    Is it really that hot? Crickey! And, I complain when it gets to be 85 plus here and tradewinds caressing me. Hurumph. I have nothing on you, girl.
    I love your crafties. Good job.
    I envy your ability to clean. I need some dern energy or something!
    congrats on the first egg. That’s cool!!
    BIG HUGS!!

  9. Regan, check my blog…I have passed on the True Heart Award to you, friend!

  10. oh i love that pink table! i would love to have chickens, but i think there is an ordinance or something so we can’t have them in town…bummer!
    that lace is lovely, i am always trying to find stuff like that but it is hard to come by.
    you are very creative…and in that heat!

  11. Beautiful creativity, Regan! You always inspire me =) Even though I realistically won’t run out now and paint a cute table, because I simply can’t at this phase in my life, I still feel refreshed and re-energized after a visit to your place. So, thanks once again! {{hugs}}

  12. lovely photos, as usual. such pretty lace…

  13. Love it, love it, love all of it! Especially the candles lit around the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the background. This summer I am being drawn to the Sacred Heart for some reason. . . On a culinary note – Turkey chili beans? Do tell. Kroger had ground turkey on sale so I picked up a pkg and have nothing new to do with it. (Growing up we ONLY used turkey in chili – love it again 🙂 If you have a good recipe pls share.

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