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Making Due and the Millie Tree

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Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens…

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…

Brown paper packages tied up in strings…

Yep, these are a few of my favorite things:)

So are scraping together dinner with whatever is in the fridge, wrapping gifts in comics, repurposing objects... Making things happen with the resources you easily have available to you...

Sometimes less is more. Sometimes I remember to return to the query of #whatifitwaseasy. Sometimes I live by this and when I can and when I actually do, Yowza, life is so, so good.

This morning as I wrestled on the living room floor at 6 am with my little ninja boy I spotted the crayons and M's big sketch book. She always wakes later than we do (Thanks a lot Cal…). I finally met my morning requirement for WWF and my son sat down to play next to me. I grabbed the crayons and sketch book and quickly made a drawing to greet M when she woke up.

Thank goodness I got some doodle time in. Yesterday there was a snow delay. Today there was an early dismissal. Little extra time for anything non essential...

I want like heck to have something come of my artwork, to be able to support myself and others through it via teaching, making, sharing… and before any of that I need to do it for my sanity. It's about the process. The sitting down, taking time, connecting. It's not about the finished product. and…. until that happens the process, the creating, takes place whenever, wherever, however it can.

My mentor Will Barnet used to tell me, "Get down on the floor. Create with your kiddos. Never let being a parent become an excuse to not paint." Well this morning I did just that. I drew and Cal even directed me a little. We sat in front of the fireplace while snow fell outside. I used the kiddos crayons. It was magical morning.

This, always more of this...