I’ve always encouraged my kids to be creative. They come from a long line of talented people (and not just me! ;) ) Their grandma, my mother-in-law, is one of the most talented people I have ever met. I’ve mentioned her in a previous post but thought I’d share some of her work here. This is a wooden box she made for my husband. The detail in the piece is just breathtaking. Another year she asked Terry for a picture of our house. He sent her a photo that she manually drew grids on, and from that she created this for me: a cross stitched completely accurate depiction of my home. I can do work similar to this, but with a computer and in fabric. She eyeballed this and it came out beautifully.
So my kids come from a talented line. Tom was one of 15 sophomores selected in the state of Maryland for the All State chorus. He can play almost any brass instrument and has been in our high school’s award winning jazz band since his freshman year. Elizabeth has a real eye for art. She sews like her mom, but paints like her grandma. She loves experimenting with new medium and has 2 craft closets full of materials. My oldest, Eddie, never thinks of himself as creative, but he’s the one I’m writing about today.
When I went back to work this summer I was very concerned that the kids not spend all their free time sitting in front of one screen or another. To ease my mind, Eddie took over the care of Elizabeth. They went on day trips, saw some movies and made jewelry together. Elizabeth has been doing this for years, but it was new to Eddie. He’s always liked intricate work (painting small models, building complicated Lego structures) so this was no stretch for him. However, he soon discovered he had a real affinity for it.
Before college resumed this semester, Ed spent a good deal of time beading while watching Netflix marathons. His work is really well done. He has begun to experiment with metals and is looking into taking a metal work class while in college to satisfy his art requirement. For my part, I opened up an Etsy store for him and encourage you to visit it. Since his earrings are not too expensive, I decided to show only one of the kinds he has made in the variety of colors that he chose (Etsy charges by the piece for displaying work and this would keep his costs down). However I think I’m going to be a proud mama now and share some photos of his other work here.