Heart Art | 3.12

I don't know in what stage life finds you right now, but for me, as a mama to two young boys, life finds me in a busy, little-time-for-creativity stage. But here's something that I've been really thinking on lately: you find time for what you love. And so, yesterday, as I tiredly poured myself a second cup of chai, I pulled out my calligraphy pen and set to work. It wasn't long before a little hand found it's way across my writing table and stole my pencil. Can I tell you how happy I was to have already been clicking away on the camera and to catch my Graeme-bear in action?
Beautiful pictures and excellent quotes are gifts that can be appreciated over and over again. How happy I am to unite the two for this third of twelve Heart Art projects. This third installation of Heart Art really began on a summer night of last year, although I had no idea. On that warm August evening, I was given a complete gift: a dozen or so pictures with my boys, taken by my husband. I got a little teary contemplating how much they've grown since last summer. (I also take no responsibility for my outfit that evening. Peach pants and a pink shirt? I wish I could lie and say this picture is from 1980. Heavens to Betsy.)



Fast forward, from 1980 (smirk), to this past week, when I sat thinking about what I really wanted to put my time into for this third installation of Heart Art. What had really stopped me in my tracks lately? Oh yes. I knew. It was this quote by Helen Keller: I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. Then, a couple of evenings ago, as Steve sat completely mesmerized by his reading of Wildwood, I rattled on and on about the possibility of adding calligraphy to a photograph. And I remembered these pictures from August and that I had quickly snapped a couple of pictures of the landscape in between Steve's shots. Would it work?


It turns out, it certainly did. 
p.s. The picture above, of Ann Sullivan and Helen Keller is absolutely amazing to me. Amazing.
p.s.s This piece of Heart Art will be available in my Etsy shop by the end of the week. The prints are $12.95 + shipping. 

10 comments:

  1. I totally agree that we always find time for what we love....and I also think we find time for what's truly most important to us...however helpful or hindering those things are to us. Going back to the FB thing...I realized there were way too many things I "didn't have time for" yet I wasted far too much time online. Ahhhh time....I'm always seeking to use it better and enjoy it with those who are most important to me. I thought I was busy before C came along.... Time has taken on a whole new meaning now.... And I know it is even more so for you with two. Glad you got to make time for more gorgeous artwork. I admire your talent!

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    1. Danielle,
      You're right. There's a long list of things that I probably spend too much time on and a longer list of things that I should spend *more* of my time devoted to! Isn't it crazy how littles change our perspective on the use of time? That's one of the biggest lessons that I feel I've learned through my children. And I'm thankful for that. I have so far to go, though! Thank you for your encouragement on the fb thing : )

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  2. Is there anything you can't do? Another incredible project, Miss Sarah Kate!

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    1. Oh my! Well, number one on the can't do list would be cooking anything with more than five ingredients : ) Really, cooking in general! So looking forward to our coffee date!

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  3. (Er, MRS. Sarah Kate, that is... :)

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  4. ....and now is when I start drawing...painting...writing on all my pictures! So lovely...really truly. I have only met one other person who says, "heavens to Betsy." My husband's grandfather says it all the time and it has found it's way into our household as well...and who is Betsy anyways?????

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    1. Ha! I literally cackled when I read your comment, friend! Because, those were the *exact* thoughts I had when I wrote that phrase in this post-- "who in the word is poor Betsy, anyway?!" Great minds think alike : )

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  5. pretty! off to see your shop! :)

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