This lovely friend inspires in so many ways. Her grace and true enjoyment of mothering always lifts me up, and her home is so warm, quirky, and beautiful that I remember what life was like without toddlers and babies in the house: oh yes, I used to have plants and framed photos on end tables, too! I've started sorting through the many boxes that have been relegated to our attic over the past few years, and have already found some treasures that I hope to put out around the house again (until Norah starts to toddle, of course...)
She showed me a delightful little handmade she'd received from another blogger and told me where I could find the pattern. Well, after visiting this site, I ended up ordering more than just one pattern! I'm hoping that by next Christmas, the Natural Nativity will grace our seasonal table! I also couldn't resist the Halloween Hamsters, and the Initial Elves.
On the homefront, we've been doing a lot of art these days. After I spent an inspiring morning with the wonderful Genevieve Townsend, the kids have been into "doodling" (filling a defined space with experimental lines, colours, and shapes). I didn't quite finish my piece while in the session, and my children are always first to notice when I've found a moment to add a line or two. Watch for an upcoming blog post with an artist interview and giveaway, featuring Genevieve's beautiful work!
This blog post has had me smiling and giggling all week. Take a moment to look back through this mama's incredible journey with her sweet baby Lucy.
This blog post by the wonderful Danielle made me pause in recognition, and to wonder how many of us mothers hide our low times, whether we just feel blue, or experience true depression. Share it far and wide and hopefully it will encourage more women to reach out for support.
When I can manage to get the camera into my hands, I seem to be taking lots of pictures of this little lady (fresh from the tub). The lines and curves, softness and sweetness, dimples and rolls of a baby are endlessly inspiring.
My tendency towards all-day bedhead has me a bit camera shy these days, but I snapped one picture after being inspired by a beautiful picture my sister-in-law posted on Facebook of her as a baby, with her own mother who has since passed away. In it, her mother looks tired, a bit grubby in a sweatshirt, but radiant just the same as she bathes her gorgeous baby (my gorgeous SIL!). She glows with that unique mama-love. I know that that photo is now a treasure for my sister-in-law and have declared that I must have more pictures of myself these days, exhausted, makeup-and-braless and bed-headed though I may be most of the time.
Right now, Norah is napping, the house is quiet with all the older children off to Grandpa's farm with Daddy. I'm feeling inspired to get outside to photograph the astoundingly beautiful frost that trims everything I can see outside, before heading back up to the attic to continue the great Purge of 2013.
What inspires you these days?