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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Hidden Art of Homemaking - What Is Hidden Art?


Chapter 2
Hidden Art - the art which is found in the 'minor'(everyday) areas of life.
I can really over think how to add Hidden Art to my life. Instead of focusing on the little things I can do everyday, I only focus on walls that haven't been painted, a skirt I haven't made my daughters, finding a picture for a wall, and there are many other "big" things that loom in front of me, but I'm sure you get the picture.

I was recently reminded while reading another book that art doesn't always look like we expect. It can look more like putting flowers on the table, wrapping a present prettily, writing a creative note to your husband or kids, or anything small that you have put a special touch to. I realized after reading this that at times I do as Mrs. Schaeffer terms it "Hidden Art". Now if I am going to have Hidden Art in my life, which I should do as a Christian, there are going to be some things to remember.
  • Art involves my conscious discipline.
  • It will require me to have priorities.
  • I need to be looking for expressions of artistry and expressions of beauty.
  • I need to consciously do something about it.
  • "If only" feelings will distort my personality.
Here is one area in my house that I love.
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The display of my children's pictures, the sign on the wall, and a few of my Willow Tree figurines.

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Right now a lot of my time has been helping my daughter learn to sew a quilt. Since I've never sewn a quilt myself we are having an exciting time. I am helping her build skills for adding hidden art in her life.

I am linking up with Cindy at Ordo Amoris.

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6 comments:

  1. I think you're right--when you're raising children, much of the "hidden art" is time invested I them. :)

    I've had my personality "distorted" many times by "if onlys." ;)

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  2. There is often art, and beauty, in the unexpected, if we will only look to see it!
    I enjoyed your post today, thank you for sharing :0)

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  3. I love that you pointed out how you are sharing your artistry with your daughter. What a pretty quilt.

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  4. I think there is great satisfaction in having our children share art with us and we with them. I guess it goes along with the idea of having no greater joy than to hear that they walk in the truth.

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  5. I love what you said about art not always looking like what we expect and that it can be found in such simple things as wrapping a gift. I love to wrap gifts and add little touches to make them look special, but I never considered that art before...until now. :-)

    It's so wonderful that you are teaching your daughter how to quilt. She's not only learning a skill, but you are both creating precious memories together. I am looking forward to teaching my daughter how to sew this summer, too!

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