Monday, March 5, 2012

A New Blog Title, a New Direction

What began as a test of the blogosphere has knitted it's way into something new for me. I began this blog, not exactly knowing what direction it should take.  I'm used to following a pattern. I thought I would write about my family or the lessons I am learning as a mother. Instead, I find myself wanting to create, realizing exactly how much of each day is dedicated to creating, and to experiencing the simple beauty, the 'loveliness' all around me each and every day.  Knitting, decorating, music, dancing, are all outlets for expressing that creative drive inside of me. 

My life is not easy. If it weren't for beautiful things to look at, beautiful moments, beautiful sensations, and creating things of beauty, I would find it difficult to hang in there sometimes.  I try not to focus on those hard things in my life - I'm a very 'go with the flow' kind of girl.  I try to live in the present moment each day. Though my life may not always be easy it is wonderful, rich and full.

One of my great master teachers on the flute, used to say that ALL of our experiences were necessary to create a well-rounded artist.  She encouraged learning literature, painting, and different forms of art in order to make us better musicians!!  For me, being a mother, is what contributes depth to everything I create or express.

One of my favorite quotes is the following:

"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."  (Deiter F. Uchtdorf, Happiness, Your Heritage)

Knitting is a metaphor for me. I know that it is a very simple, primitive, art form.  It has an unglamorous history of being a poor man's craft - a way of making a living.  For me, it represents, taking natural materials of the earth and fashioning from them something elegant in it's simple beauty.  I hope to knit LOTS of wonderful things in my life, and not all of them from needles and yarn. 

So I look forward to sharing my knitting, my creations, and my lovely moments.  The things that bring me joy.  All things that are 'lovely' to me. 

1 comment:

  1. Love the blog name, Nancy! It suggests all kinds of wonderful and natural possibilities. I look forward to checking back for more 'great stuff'!