Nurturing Creativity

Fork Painted Christmas Trees

Today marks the last day of winter break for the girls and they are certainly ready to go back. Things aren’t as bad as years past at this time but Riley’s overly emotional state and Maddie’s intentional pushing of everyone’s buttons tells me they are ready. Overall, it was a really good winter break. Much better than years past.

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Maleficent Horns

This morning I woke up to a house full of Christmas cheer and the scent of pine. Earlier this month was our annual Christmas decorating day and, after a full days work, both Lesley’s house and mine were ready for the season. This year, I also feel ready for the season. I have a good idea of what I’m getting the girls and even have an idea of a new Christmas recipe I want to try out. What I haven’t decided on is a Christmas craft.

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Pine Cone Birds

Each camping trip, I try to think of, and bring with us, an outdoor-themed craft. It is a good break from the energetic activities like bike riding, scootering, and hide-and-seek with the campground kids. Last year, we painted pictures of RVs. The year before, we tie-dyed almost all the white clothes in our house. This year, we made birds out of pine cones.

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Mess-Free Painting!

About a month or two ago, a co-worker brought in a case full of little blue bottles with roller caps. She had purchased them for a business endeavor that she never got around to and was hoping they would find a good home. At first, I resisted the urge to bring these little cutie bottles home. Sure, I could find something fun to do with them, but I have a cabinet full of things I could someday do something fun with. Not to mention I was purging the house at the time.

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Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is now in full swing at the Cummins household! This past weekend was our annual Christmas decorating day with the NHN family. Every precious decoration is in its place, the lights are shining their wonderful warm glow, and the Christmas trees are trimmed. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, and the day was just the family fun that Lesley and I needed. It’s hard not to be in a good mood and grateful for the people in our lives. (more…)