Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Inspiration for it all

This is the book The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections written by Amanda Blake Soule that was the beginning inspiration for this blog and much of the recent "goings ons" around here. The book has simple projects and activities for parents and children including a felt pencil roll, sewing upcycled children's pants, freezer-paper stenciling, embroidered children's art, birthday crown, bunting and many more. It is broken down into four beautifully written sections which include: Gathering, Playing, Living and Connecting.  This will be my new go to gift for new parents and like minded mothers.

She eloquently writes about:
- the importance of imaginative play and how to have fun with fewer natural toys
- having high quality art supplies available to your children and displaying their art
- creating together with "Family Drawing Time"
- exploring and learning through nature including creating a nature table
- sharing the tradition of handmade including knitting, sewing, embroidery and felting
- the importance of everyday family rituals and celebrating your family

Her blog SouleMama gives me that daily dose of inspiration that I need to get our families' creative juices flowing. Please have a look and bookmark it.

Thank you Amanda and the Soule family for sharing, your inspiration is so greatly enjoyed and appreciated and has changed our family life in so many positive ways.


  1. I thought I was the inspiration for it all? - Scott

  2. that totally made me laugh good one scot