Parallel Play

by Stefani on 8-November-2007

At the end of a day, when they are tired and over stimulated from their one day of school; when I’m spent with errands and house cleaning, we all take comfort in creating, side by side.

I love these times, when each child (literally) brings his own talents and interests to the table.

There is the artist

The Artist

The architect

The Architect

The little punk under the table, whose talent at the moment is tickling feet and assisting gravity (and also evading the camera).

And the mama, who is quite taken, of late, with her X-acto.

Leaving The Nest

(after, of course, a heaping helping of pink pearl eraser)


I love too, that my guys not only take comfort in their own creative process, but that they also give it, in the way of lots of, “Wow brother, that’s a tall building.”

“Cool picture, Luke!”

or even a “Whoa Mama, good job!”

Busy hands = happy heart = contented home.

Time To Unwind

Sarah Jackson November 8, 2007 at 8:48 pm

I love days like that – when we’re all together but doing our own things. And I am loving your X-acto skills. You never cease to impress!

sarah November 8, 2007 at 8:59 pm

there is nothing but goodness in all those colors rubbed on the sweatshirt sleeve. beautiful.

Tracy November 9, 2007 at 5:11 am

Wow, I’m loving that silhouette! And I’m loving that you all create together! Sometimes I long for that kind of parallel.

Jade November 9, 2007 at 5:48 am

Very sweet! You are getting really good at the silhouettes. Nice work.

Diane November 9, 2007 at 5:51 am

Nice! And hey, that’s what MY hair looks like this morning! : ) You’re so handy with an x-acto, love the stuff you’re making.

Lori November 9, 2007 at 6:19 am

love that paper cut! gorgeous!

we are cozy and working side-by-side also. :^)

Heather November 9, 2007 at 6:41 am

Oh this makes my heart swell… don’t you just love family time!

As I said on Flickr, LOVE that lego building!

nancy November 9, 2007 at 6:45 am

tell your architect that my 4 year old boy likes his creation. he is also into building and can appreciate good work when he sees it.

Randi November 9, 2007 at 7:17 am

You are growing up a small band of artistic guys—very sweet!

Beth November 9, 2007 at 7:24 am

I love this post… Do you know of Nikki McClure? She’s one of my favorite artists (a local) and does incredible work with an X-acto too!

TumTum November 9, 2007 at 9:35 am

I love love love that beautiful bird headed woman!! I also love littles who make things! your blog always makes me happy! good job! hehe. I also love your soup list!

amy November 9, 2007 at 3:47 pm

lovely lovely lovely
I am so into yr blog !!!

Molly November 9, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Have you read about Kara Walker? There’s an interesting article about her in a fairly recent New Yorker:

Molly November 9, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Have you read about Kara Walker? There’s an interesting article about her in a fairly recent New Yorker:

erin November 11, 2007 at 5:17 am

love love love that banner, you exacto wielding lady!

i love when my kids compliment each other without the parental prompts, too. it just makes my heart sing.

molly November 11, 2007 at 4:58 pm

So when do we hear about your art studio debut? Your silhouette creations are truly beautiful and completely inspiring.

Lisa Clarke November 11, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Isn’t creating together the best? My four-year-old and I made polymer clay buttons together yesterday. I was making mine to coordinate with some scarves I was sewing, and he told me I could use his buttons when I make some tote bags. I love crafting side-by-side with my guys, even when we’re working on completely different projects. It’s just nice to sit quietly together.

leslie November 12, 2007 at 7:18 am

hey, i love the profiles, so creative! you could frame and sell these for sure! just gorgeous!

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