Tag Archive | creativity

The Promise of the Morning Star


By Amy Lowell

Thou father of the children of my brain
By thee engendered in my willing heart,
How can I thank thee for this gift of art
Poured out so lavishly, and not in vain.

What thou created never more can die,
Thy fructifying power lives in me
And I conceive, knowing it is by thee,
Dear other parent of my poetry!

For I was but a shadow with a name,
Perhaps by now the very name’s forgot;
So strange is Fate that it has been my lot
To learn through thee the presence of that aim

Which evermore must guide me.  All unknown,
By me unguessed, by thee not even dreamed,
A tree has blossomed in a night that seemed
Of stubborn, barren wood.  For thou hast sown

This seed of beauty in a ground of truth.
Humbly I dedicate myself, and yet
I tremble with a sudden fear to set
New music ringing through my fading youth.

Cat themed quilts

My best friend has a daughter that is in the second grade and the school is having a fundraiser this weekend.  I made and donated two quilts for the fundraiser, and both quilts are cat themed.  The first quilt is a child’s quilt and the second quilt is a doll quilt.  It is always fun to work on a quilt for children, the colors are so bright and cheerful, and I enjoyed creating these two quilts.  For you fabric aficionados that would like to know, most of the fabric is from the Laurel Burch line.  

Art – Herman Melville


By Herman Melville

In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
A flame to melt–a wind to freeze;
Sad patience–joyous energies;
Humility–yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity–reverence.  These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob’s mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel–Art.

Creative pumpkin carvings inspired by famous art

Pumpkin carving is a traditional activity during the Halloween season, and some folks have taken their inspiration for pumpkin carving from famous art — Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, to name a few.  View the full listing of creative pumpkin carving compiled by Alice Yoo on My Modern Met at:  http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/creative-pumpkin-carvings-inspired-by-art  

Hand painting (fish) by Guido Daniele

Exquisite hand painting by Guido Daniele – http://www.guidodaniele.com/hand-painting/art

Sewing and creativity

sewing clipart1Well, I managed to finish the quilt top I was working on yesterday, despite the technical difficulties I was having with my sewing machine.   I really need a better sewing machine, but all the quilting and sewing I have done in the last 10 years has all been on a plain jane Singer sewing machine that only does straight stitch and zigzag.  Just goes to show that bells and whistles are nice but not strictly necessary to get the job done and do the job well.

Creativity does not have to be limited just because you don’t have a fancy sewing machine or an endless variety of art supplies or the latest craft equipment.  Creativity is only limited by imagination and imagination is free.  So work with what you have at the moment and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.