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creative messes

There’s something about this life we’ve chosen, something that we can’t get away from and I just have to be okay with.

What is that something? you ask


I walk in the door from grocery shopping and this is what I find…


the beginnings of wood working right on my living room floor…

…and at the dinner table…

…and at the front entry way. (This was my first sign that my house may not be in quite the same condition as I left it.)

But you know what, I’m actually ok with these kinds of messes. We can easily clean up and put our stuff away, sweep and vacuum the floor and the porch and wipe down the table.

Before you begin to think that I have some kind of super power that helps me overlook all the mess and be just excited that my children are creative let me let you know that I don’t. I felt disappointment when I came home and found my house in disarray.

What you don’t see in the pictures is the drill press on my kitchen floor and saw dust all over the floor (and in the air waiting to land on all of my furniture). We’ve since banned drill presses and sanding in the house.

I know the business of creativity is messy. And while I would love to have a dust free home without projects all over the place what I want even more if for my children to have the freedom to be creative with whatever medium inspires them at the time.

And maybe a little help in dusting every once in a while…

Thanks for sharing with your friends!


Monday 17th of December 2012

Whenever I come home to a mess, I have to give myself a pep talk before I start responding. It's great that your family knows how to clean up!


Tuesday 18th of December 2012

That's what I have to do.

Rachel E.

Thursday 13th of December 2012

It is a process...I have learned to live with messes even though I don't like them. I would think messes that involve creativity are the best. You know they are putting their minds to it.


Friday 14th of December 2012

That's how I feel, too.