Sometimes people ask me where I find inspiration for my creative work and I actually draw inspiration from a lot of different sources. It might be a color or pattern, a natural item, or a suggestion from one of my children. I also draw a lot of inspiration from books and illustrations.
Recently I completed a playset that was inspired by Sibylle von Olfers book, The Story of the Root Children.
It's a charming story that features Mother Earth awakening the Root Children. They get cleaned up and dressed and "become" flowers and grasses. The story begins at the end of Winter and we watch as the season changes into Spring.
This is the illustration that was the basis of inspiration for my latest needle felted playset.
And here is my interpretation:
On a related note, how cute are those blueberry boys! This is taken from Elsa Beskow's book, Peter in Blueberry Land.
- A 40 something mama meandering through life an 8 year old girl (the big girl) who is a ball of lightening and a 5 year old girl (the baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days. Our family is rounded out with with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy) who I hardly ever right about now since he's off starting his own life.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
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