Friday, April 4, 2008

Goodness in the Mail

Wednesday, upon returning home from Santa Barbara, I was anxiously on the watch for the arrival of the long anticipated The Creative Family by my beloved Soulemama. I love Soulemama's blog--she is always so inspiring in her natural lifestyle and the way she raises her children, and her photos are gorgeous. I've had this book on preorder for months so was thrilled to finally see the UPS man pull up to my house Wednesday afternoon. I got a chance to sit down with it that night--the book is delightful and lovely, but definitely different than what I was expecting. For one thing, it's so small! I was visualizing that it would be a large format paperback like Bend the Rules Sewing, but it's just 6 1/2 x 8". Soulemama's blog seems so larger than life so I expected the book to be large too. I was also surprised there aren't more of her gorgeous and inspiring photos. The writing style is more subdued too--or more formal. Nonetheless, I love the theme of the book, which is nurturing creativity not only in your children but in the entire family. She encourages the parents to draw and play and write too--not just the children. I love that. And I'm a big believer in the importance of creativity. I've always believed I'm not in the least creative, but Soulemama says we all are (this is something Ken and I talk about sometimes--he sees creativity only as coming up with something truly original. I say, if you are creating something, isn't that being creative?). The book is full of sweet and simple ideas for adding creative pursuits to family life. There's a great list of resources too--websites and other books for supplies and more inspiration. Good stuff.
So yesterday I decided to jump right in and make something from the book. This is from the section called "Gathering" under the chapter heading "Being Resourceful." (By the way, I love how she has the book arranged into sections, Gathering, Playing, Living and Connecting). This is the Fabric Basket. The idea is to give the toddler a basket with a collection of fabric scraps of different textures and colors. I don't have any silk or wool to include at the moment, but I did rustle up some corduroy, flannel and linen as well as some cottons for the little guy. Here he is in action:


Thanks for all your kind and supportive comments and e-mails this last week. Rainer's illness is definitely a marathon and a journey, but it certainly is nice to have some good news for a change. I don't expect to get more test results until Monday. Meanwhile, he's tired, a little cranky, still super weak, but mostly in good spirits because he has such a great little nature. Have a good weekend, everyone.

12 comments:

Kelli said...

those simple "toys" as so good for babies to explore and learn. Have a great weekend

Sarah said...

I got my book Wednesday too! It is also different than what I was expecting, but I am enjoying reading it. I can't figure out how on earth she has time for everything she does!

Erin said...

I just ordered the book yesterday. Thanks for your thoughts on it. I should have my copy by Monday. Have a nice weekend.

Polly said...

Mary Beth, I just caught up with your last few posts. I'm pleased to hear Rainer's progress. Loved your green grass centrepiece, the green is so vibrant, and I LOVE your bend-the-rules bag, much better than the one in the book. Polly x x x

MamaBlogger said...

I second your soulemama praise. I got my book yesterday, now just waiting for a free moment to read it. I also thought it would be larger and more of a project-based book, but found her words (in the intro, the only part i've had a chance to read) so inspiring as always. And I have to disagree with you - you seem like a very creative person to me :-)

MaMa said...

Your son is adorable. I have 3.

Summer by the sea said...

such fantastic news about Rainer! - I am waiting for my copy of 'The creative Family' to arrive - can't wait to read it - Natalie x

Gift of Green said...

If you're not creative than I am ...er...TOTALLY not creative! :) Is Rainer walking again yet or is he enjoying his time in the carrier?

lizziemarie said...

Oooooh I can't wait , I just ordered mine from the Raven!

amanda said...

Amanda's book sounds wonderful. I must order myself a copy. And, ahem, you are indeed creative! Unless someone else is responsible for all of the crafty goodness and family celebrations you post about on your blog.

lizziemarie said...

In response, Lawrence is so much fun at the moment what with the basketball fever all around. Tonight should be fun! The Raven is still here and was just purchased by a lovely woman named Heidi. Pat and Mary Lou were ready to retire though I think Pat is still working part-time for awhile.

La Dolce Vita said...

Wonderful ideas and recipes. Great news about your son!