Creativity at Home

It’s a time of uncertainty and stress for many during the Virus outbreak. Many strict rules. Tight measures and closures. But at home, in Mapleton, I am glad to be surrounded by beauty in the garden and a crafted, motivated spirit that sees me exploring and experimenting. Naturally, I am fortunate that I have a desire and resources to use.

In the garden, there’s space. Last week my husband and I spent several hours a day getting rid of that nasty clingy vine that invades the whole back yard. Sweaty and hard working, we cut, slashed, pruned and dumped all the mess. But I do admire the pretty things around me.



Upstairs in the Loft, I begin to clean up and pull out the paint sets. What can I do today that would bring me some joy? The Hungry Caterpillar sticker and paint book is one that I have hidden away for just this purpose – play and relaxation. It’s easy peasy fun with simple instructions and stickers to peel off and stick down. Collage is the art medium for this brilliant illustrator. I complete the first 4 pages.


Then I have a go at painting a snail with my watercolours. Simple. Yes. I use a fine paint brush and watercolour, not the pencils that you see.


Oh! the luxury of playing and dabbling when the outside world is falling apart. Hope, I tell myself is being content with what you have and faith in the One who really knows His creation. In the part of me that slows down today, I will be thankful for this space to create and make a picture. Or write poetry. Phone a friend. Feel the sticky glue on my fingers and swirl the vivid colours with my paint brush.



As Oliver Jeffers wrote, How to Catch a Star, I encourage family and friends to catch hope wherever it is. Catch a spark of creativity or flow. Catch time to be grateful. Catch the beauty in the garden with a smell or feel. Catch yourself, when you are frustrated and alarmed, pause and think, we are visitors on this huge planet with a capacity for great love.

Take care. Perhaps this week, you can be creative in the kitchen with yourself or children.



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Ann-Marie Barrett-Tandy
March 25, 2020 at 3:35 am

Thanks for this Margaret. I am glad you are safe my friend

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    March 25, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Ann-Marie, how’s the world on your side? Are you doing okay? Marg

February 28, 2021 at 2:58 pm

Beautiful garden! I find a lot of peace doing simple crafts with my daughter or baking – cookies with sprinkles or chocolate chips bring a lot of smiles around here 🙂

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