In The Hidden Art of Homemaking, the inspiration for the name of our Friday posts, Edith Schaeffer talks about using creativity to beautify the everyday areas of life (and to do it inexpensively!). I thought I’d start this week’s Hidden Art Friday with a couple almost-free creative projects that I have finally managed to do!
One of the major things on my summer to-do list was to have professional pictures taken of all four kids and the whole family. (I’ve updated the Meet Emily post with our new family picture!) I’ve been piecemealing our picture frames together as we keep having kids, but it’s gotten to the point where I really wanted cohesion. I just didn’t have the money to go out and buy four new frames right now. So when Krissy, our photographer, came over to show me the proofs, she suggested spray painting our random frames the same color to pull everything together. Five dollars worth of spray paint and a Sunday afternoon later, we have a coordinated look!
Another project that had been on my to-do list for forever was making matching aprons for a friend and her daughter. After several weeks of unsuccessful attempts to get everyone dressed, fed, and out to the fabric store to buy supplies, I finally dived into my stash and found enough of this cheerful fabric, with scraps and an old sheet (!) to line the aprons. Here’s to being resourceful while housebound! I adapted the child’s apron template from Skip to My Lou and the tutorial from tidbits. I sortof free-handed the adult one based on one of mine.
Since we’ve already started school, I’m moving out of summer mode and into scheduling for the fall. We’ve signed up for another year of Community Bible Study, my husband is coaching T’s soccer team, and we’re trying to be purposeful about inviting people over for meals on a regular basis. And I’m generally trying to be more purposeful about my duties as a mother. I found Nancy Wilson’s reminders about training young children to be very helpful. I need to sit down and talk through with my husband what battles we are choosing to fight right now, just as soon as we can find an uninterrupted hour.
How are your summers winding down? What plans are you making for the fall?