Here at Darlybird, we are all about living creatively and colorfully. In our new series “Our Creative Home,” we talk to some of our favorite creative friends to see how they encourage creativity in their homes and families! First up, Alma Loveland of Ollibird and Caravan Shoppe.Tell us about your family!
Mike and I are a pair of artists who are happy to be doing what we love. We are both artists, but focus on different areas, so teaming up has actually expanded what either of us was ever able to do alone. Before kids came along, we would make really creative gifts for one another, but SURPRISE, when kids came along, we suddenly had no more time or energy for extra creativity. We have our creative outlet at work, and once work is done, well, we're lucky if we have the dishes or laundry done on a somewhat regular basis (a 3-week laundry cycle is regular, right?). We have 2.5 kids: Oliver (5), Joan (3), and a baby boy due later this year. Parenting a 3 and 5 year old has its challenges, but the rewards far outweigh any of the frustrations.
How have you encouraged creativity in your home?
I don't know if there is anything that we do to consciously encourage creativity. Our children are 3 and 5, and to be totally honest, activities like coloring, drawing, cutting, or crafting don't hold their attention for long at all. Without exaggeration, I think it's fair to say that we get about 3 minutes of activity, and 20 minutes of setup/cleanup. Although we are artists, our lives don't look like what is seen on Pinterest or parenting blogs. We're just pretty normal, trying our best to balance work and family. Creative activities can be as simple as hauling out the play dough, or letting the kids help make cookies.
That said, this summer I have a goal to make sure that we are regularly engaging in fun, interesting activities. One thing that I would like to do is have a simple science experiment every week. I think I can manage that (but ask me again at the end of the summer). So like we can start with Mentos and Diet Coke. Just a few minutes to put together, but something that is exciting to the kids, and makes them laugh and wonder about the world we live in!
How do you get your kids involved?
My kids love to be outside and to explore. This also echoes the childhood that I had. When I think of my childhood, most of my memories revolve around the great outdoors! The times that I feel most creative with my children and most fulfilled are when we are outside and appreciating the world around us. This could be little hikes, collecting bugs or flowers, campfires, or kayaking (I even bought a kayak for my kids). I think that activity, curiosity, and exploration all help to foster creativity so while I'm not sitting down for craft time with my kids, they are still learning to look, and to see.
What advice would you give to families hoping to live a more creative lifestyle?
I have a pretty laid back approach to life. I think my best advice for others looking to live a more creative lifestyle is to eliminate the comparison to those around you, or to what you see on blogs, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. The most important thing that you can do is to spend time with your kids, and it doesn't matter if your activities look picture-perfect.
Thanks so much for sharing, Alma! Readers, how do you foster creativity in your homes? We'd love to hear from you!
We are so excited to announce our new series, Our Creative Home, where we will interview some of our favorite creative friends about how they foster creativity in their homes! Check back next Tuesday morning for the first in the series, an interview with one of our favorite designers, Alma Loveland.
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Kathryn rolled her body forward, carefully rocking to propel herself to her feet. "I'm a whale," she said. "I was fine during the first pregnancy, but this one... I'm a whale." She hobbled to the kitchen to get a handful of Cheerios for her daughter. She snuggled her daughter then eased herself back down on the living room floor beside me.
As she changed position to try to take the pressure off of her back, I joked "Maybe you'll go into labor tonight! I'll catch him!"
"He's still cooking," she said, lovingly tracing her hand over her belly. "He has time."
Weeks earlier, waiting for the elevator at work with my supervisor, she turned to me and whispered, "I feel like I may be pregnant." These words held the hope of years behind them—Erika and her husband, and everything they had yearned for for so long, all in those words. In time, that impression proved true and glorious. Even her unborn child began fluttering about earlier than most, reassuring her that this is real. Erika glows with that hope and reassurance daily.
I am not yet a mother. It is something I hope for, but there is no timeline, no lover, and only a glimpse of possibility. It is a someday.
But some of my most sacred experiences have been connected to that possibility.
I don't remember all of the physical gifts I received for my birthday this year, but I do remember the gift my mom gave me: a three-page handwritten letter sharing some of her favorite memories of my childhood and the blessings she has felt from our relationship. I received the package in the mail right as I was about to leave for work. I remember sitting in my car in the parking lot, my schedule suddenly unimportant, and straining to read the words through my tears.
My mother treasures and loves me, and there is not a bit of doubt in my mind or heart about that.
Marilyn Monroe: Glamour at its finest, and part 2 of our iconic women series (check out part 1, the Frida Kahlo collection, here)! So if you're looking to kick up your style, grab the boldest lipstick you can, curl your hair and seal with the boldest hairspray you can find*, and treat yourself to some diamonds!
She sang "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend," but had she ever seen this crystal necklace? Packing a whole lot of sparkle, this necklace would have been worthy of Marilyn's collarbone at the Oscars.
Wear it with your finest apparel for a night out on the town, or dress it down with a checked button-down and a pair of jeans. (The latter being my preferred mode.)
Either way, love the sparkle and the variegation of warm and cool crystals--which add depth and glamour. This necklace might just be my new best friend. Adjustable from 16"-20". Imported.
Iconic. Simple. Sparkly. Fabulous. Vintage post earrings with clear crystals. I spied these in a warehouse full of vintage treasures, and I knew they were destined for Darly.