Knotting Tulle


This morning the girls and I sat around cutting and knotting tulle for Blondes' Halloween costume and listening to my Hay's Hypno playlist on the iPod. It includes artists like Moby, Imogean Heap, Cat Stevens, Nick Drake, Pedro the Lion, Yo La Tengo, and Pinback.

Nothing better then mindlessly keeping my fingers busy while chatting with my girls and listening to good music.

I have a strict policy on Halloween that involves only allowing the children to be something that is appropriately scary and mostly homemade. My girls agree to this as long as there is a little bit of sparkles, makeup, or the color pink involved.

Blondes has chosen to be a witch and Mae wants to be a "pink monster" - of which plans are still in the sorts. I'm looking for pink fur - Joann's? Roo will sport Mae's old mummy costume.

I often get asked how I have the time to do things like this while in nursing school and I've honestly never known what to tell people. I make up dumb excuses like, "Well my house is a disaster!" Which it often really is.

I think I've figured it out though.

Taking time out to paint, cook, craft, sew, garden, take pictures, (and blog) are essential to my well being - I think it's how I cope. And when I don't make time for it I tend to feel bottled up - and out pops a fat cold sore - just like that!

Plus, I believe that creating is part of the bigger picture. What good are we doing if we are not making this place a little more beautiful?

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.

Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.

Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty...."

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

update: i guess my cold sores did me a little good since i did well on my test monday night. woohoo! :)


Mandy, Kelly, Jackson and Grace said...

Too cute! You do always go all out for Halloween if I recall correctly. :) Maybe you want to throw something together for Grace to wear too. ;) I honestly never think about it until it's too late. I'm usually still in recovery mode after our birthday month craze that it's just the last thing on my mind. Your costumes are always so cute. Can't wait to see the new ones.

banananutmeg said...

what happened to the crow costume from blondie's first halloween? Do you still have it? It is still by far, one of my favorite baby costumes evah!

Jord said...

You nailed it Hayley- creating brings satisfaction and fulfillment. Love that talk and love the things you create.

tt moreno said...

a beautiful post hays. i want a copy of your playlist.
thank you for sharing that quote, it is beautiful! I feel the same way, i always need to create something, it makes me function better as a person and mother.

Whitaker Family said...

Thanks! I needed this post. I have felt bottled up with day to day boring things. Now I am off to create!! Great quote. Got any ideas for a SCARY ghost costume, I am on the hunt.

Lori said...

Love the quote! I've referred to it often. I agree whole-heartedly. Thanks for the reminder. Plus, I think teaching this to our children is equally as important as our sanity. Good work Hayley! You are pretty dang inspiring.

hays said...

@ Meg - You know it. Still have that creepy bird. One of my favorites as well :)

@ Hailey - Blondes was a ghost last year... there are pics if you look under my halloween label - it may help you. :)

@tt - the playlist goes on and on - listed are my faves on it :)

Anonymous said...

For the pink fur, try SAS fabrics on Indian School and 12th ; )

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