Dear Homemaker – You Are An Artist!

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Homemaking is an art, and you are an artist.

We are created in the image of God. He is The Ultimate Creator, and so we are, by nature, creative. Think not? Well, you are! It’s inherent in the way you are made. That doesn’t mean that each of us is given the same talents or gifts. We are all wondrously different and diverse! Some of us can put paint on canvas worthy to be hung in a museum. Others of us can create culinary marvels that would rival anything found in a five star restaurant. Some of us can decorate our homes in a manner worthy of the very best decorating magazines. But that’s not all that creativity, and art, are.

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When money is tight and you still serve well balanced, delicious meals, you are making art.  When there isn’t a dime to spend on landscaping your home and you gladly accept transplants from friends or make cuttings from the plants that are already growing in your yard, you are making art. When one of your children is struggling in math and you devise a system that will teach him that difficult concept in a way that will cause it to click for him, you are making art.

Do you look at your home through the lens of creativity? It’s not about what others see when they look at what you’ve created. It’s what you see as you seek to glorify God in all that you do, and that includes the manner in which you look well to the ways of your own household. Doing that is not only making art, it’s making good art.

Don’t make the mistake of letting others tell you that you cannot do something because of the rules they have made for themselves.

“Don’t paint that piece of furniture because it’s an antique.”

“You really should get rid of those knick-knacks, they make your room look dated.”

“That color paint will make your room seem smaller.”

Don’t listen to those naysayers! Paint the furniture! Keep the knick-knacks! Paint your walls the color that makes your heart fill with joy from the very first bit you roll on. You are unique and your unique way of making art is every bit as good as the other guy’s.

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Once upon a time, when I had no money to spend on my home, I really wanted to spiff up our front door area for the summer. Money was very tight. Even though the stained wood looked dry, there was not even enough money for a bucket of paint to brighten the front door. The untreated, wood frame screen door was bleached from the sun, but there was no money or paint for it, either. What I did have was an unused grapevine wreath, some silk flowers and ribbon. I made a new, summery wreath and hung it on the screen door. I was so happy with the results. It was cheerful and fresh and new and welcoming. Imagine my surprise when I visited another blogger who criticized my efforts and said that I would have been better served to have waited until I could paint and replace the hardware on my front door. She was wrong.

I was already planning to repaint my front door and replace the worn out hardware, and eventually I did; but God had given me the creativity to make my front door area welcoming to guests without spending a dime. I am so glad that I didn’t wait, and I’m equally glad that I didn’t let someone else discourage me.

Don’t let others discourage you. You are creative. You are an artist. Make good art!

Don’t wait until you can afford to do something big! Don’t wait! Do what you can now!

You’ll make mistakes, but don’t let the mistakes keep you from expressing your God-given creativity. He can redeem the mistakes, or He can show you a better way because of the mistakes. Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from trying.

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard

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I’ve wanted to revisit this theme of homemaking as art in my own home, and fall seemed like the perfect time to begin. I’ve pulled a few of the books that have most inspired me to look at what I do in my own home as art, and I will enjoy reading each of them again. It will be my second time through Jane Brocket’s lovely book, but I’ve lost count of how many times that I’ve read, and loved, The Hidden Art of Homemaking and Creating a SenseSational Home. I’m also looking forward to reading Emily P. Freeman’s brand new book, A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live.

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I’m looking forward to really digging into these books. Every reading of Hidden Art, The Gentle Art of Domesticity and SenseSational Home,over the years, has inspired me in a different way, and I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing how my creative juices might be stirred this time through them.

Homemaking is art, and you are the artist that can make good art, beautiful art, happen in your home!

(If you’d like, you can follow along on Instagram as we remodel our Less Than Perfect Kitchen. New pics going up there every day!)

 

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12 comments to Dear Homemaker – You Are An Artist!

  • I LOVE this! It is the kind of writing that you do the very best of all. 😉

    I recently downloaded a sample of Freeman’s book for my Kindle. It is now high on my Wish List. I’m anxious to see what you think of it for if you find it really good, I will get it in a “hold in my hands” version.

  • Thank you, Cheryl! I play recordings of the naysayers in my head, and I have had to learn to take those thoughts captive. I painted my front door turquoise because it makes me happy. End of story!

  • Elizabeth V.

    Thank for the lovely, well-timed post. I’m not sure why I am surprised since His timing is always perfect 🙂 We are having our first truly fallish day in southern CA and I’m looking forward to the promised rain and cooler temps. This type of weather always makes me want to fluff our nest…thanks for the encouragement!

  • THIS IS the book YOU should write, Cher!!!!!!!!!

    For realz! <3

    Alesha

  • Thank you for sharing your sweet wisdom with us, I always love reading your posts. They are like a breath of fresh air!

  • sherry

    **such** an excellent and necessary post! wonderfulness to the extreme, cheryl.

  • Criticism abounds — especially online. Laine’s Letters (Brenda above links to them on her blog) from the ’90s really encouraged me with putting away others’ criticism. I have never yet read Creating a Sensational Home — I think I need to get a copy. Can’t wait to see your new kitchen!

  • Jeanette

    I am really looking forward to this series! Congratulations on your new kitchen, I really love the colours you have chose.

  • Van

    Thank you for your words of encouragement.

    I have been waiting until we have money to purchase nicer things to make our home prettier.

    Thank you for encouraging me not to wait and to use what I have — NOW.

    I can use a throw rug to cover up the stain on the carpet. I can use my children’s artwork to beautify my walls…..

    You are always such an encouragement. I have been reading for 5 years now.

    So happy that you are getting your new kitchen.

    I also believe you loved, appreciated and used the one you had before to bless your family and others…and did not wait until you had a “nicer one” to do so.

    Thank you for the encouragement to hold my plans loosely and to look well to the ways of my household.

    Now off to do those things….

    • Good for you, Van! You are on the right path! Taking action, using what you have in your hand right now, is a wonderful way for you to look well to the ways of your own household! Well done!

      We’ve lived here for fifteen years with our less than perfect kitchen. When we moved in we had three children, and then there were four. We hosted home church for a good long while, and had up to 75 people here at a time to share a meal. My kitchen has been used hard, despite its imperfections, and it has served us well.

  • What a wonderful reminder! Thank you! You are so right about not letting the naysayers prevent you from doing what you love to your living space as well as not letting money (or lack thereof) stop you from sprucing up your house to make it a home! This is something I need to be reminded of often! 🙂