Creativity….

Creativity oozes out of her.

I have been a 14 year old girl, I have known many 14 year old girls, I have had nieces when they were 14 but I’ve never met anyone like Keilee.

She has to create. She HAS to create. When she was small she always played with her dolls or crayons when we watched TV at night. I used to tell her that I couldn’t wait until she was older so she could just sit and watch TV with me. That has yet to happen. She crochets or knits every night while we watch TV or sometimes she does Art Journaling.  Never once have I seen her sit and do nothing. I am serious, unless she is sick, she doesn’t do ‘nothing’. I am great at doing nothing. Well I usually read but that is about as creative as I get.

She amazes me. I tell her all the time that I wish I had ¼ of her energy and drive.  I wonder all the time if she would be this way if we didn’t homeschool.  I know the ‘creativity’ gene is just in her but would she have had time to foster it?  With school 8 hours and then homework would she have the hours to spend doing beautiful things?

She sees something and makes it. She doesn’t need a pattern or instructions, she just sees it and “gets” it. We were talking about how different people are yesterday. How some people have amazing talents with singing or playing an instrument and I told her that she has so many talents but the one I love is her talent for just creating….taking something and transforming it into something so cool and beautiful. I think creative people are the people who are the happiest.   Because there is ALWAYS an outlet to create.

You wouldn’t believe how many times she tells me……. “It makes me so happy to” crochet or Art Journal or whatever she is doing.

Here are some of the things she has made in the last month.

She LOVES Africa.  Her plan has always been to go there and rehabilitate wildlife animals.  She made this awesome shirt.  She made the transfer, printing it out and ironed it on.  Then she cut the fringe and beaded each one of them.  See the “Africa” and “Animals” she spelled out?  The quote is from Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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These are 1.  hair bows out of tulle.  2.  2 adorable crocheted dolls she is making  [one not finished hence only 1 leg 3. A crocheted octopus that she made for a headband. 4. 2 Hippie headbands 5. She cut out a BIG “K” and used yarn to wrap about it.  She also made a bow for it.  She has it in her room.Recently Updated223

This is a large canvas that she painted Africa on.

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I think this is my favorite!  She took a pair of overalls she had when she was about 10 and cut the legs off.  Then she made a tulle skirt for it and sewed it onl  I LOVE it!Recently Updated225

This is an old blue jean vest that she frayed.  Recently Updated226

Here are her latest Art Journal pages.  She does these almost every day.  My favorite is the one with Elsa and Annah from “Frozen”.  Recently Updated227

And this is just a side view of her Art Journal.  When she got this it was maybe an 1″ thick.  Now it can not close.  It is full of beautiful pages.Recently Updated228

I always love seeing what she decided to make.  And I tell her every day that I wish I loved doing things like she does.  If I did my house would look like something from “House and Garden”!!!

We have plans for a INCREDIBLY EXCITING next few days.  More on that later.  :)

Happy weekend,
Homeschool Rocks,
Karen

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”  ~Maya Angelou

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” ~Joseph Chilton Pearce

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11 thoughts on “Creativity….”

  1. Keilee is truly one of the most creative people I have ever known! I cannot wait to see how God uses that creativity, drive, and passion in the future!

  2. I LOVE that t-shirt and the dolls and that canvas….WOW!

    I wish my girls spent more time creating. Allie reads almost non-stop these days and we have to make up screen time schedules for Piper or she would be gaming all day long. I am really struggling with both things because I want them to explore what they are passionate about. It’s so awesome that Keilee is!

  3. I think you under-estimate your own creativity, Karen – you paint such a wonderfully vivid picture of Keilee with your words and photographs! It is so inspiring to read about her projects – thank you for taking the time to share them with us. :-)

    I am so glad my daughter has time for her creative projects, too. Like Keilee, she has many interests, and she’s very extroverted so loves her acting group, Scouts and karate. When I see her spending hours writing fan fiction or creating art, I am so thankful that she has the time for these more introverted pastimes – I am sure they would be pushed aside if she had to fit in school and homework.

  4. I think Keilee is so talented because she was born that way and because she has had the time through homeschooling to develop her many interests! We always used to call our daughter, Rachel- Rachel Stewart because she so creative but I must say that she was not as prolific or as multi talented as Keilee is!

  5. The Africa shirt is truly amazing! Wow! My 12 year old son wants to go to Africa on a safari when he’s 16, lol. He just loves the African animals. For now, he watches all kinds of web cams of them.
    Keilee never ceases to amaze me. What a gifted kid! And even more importantly, she has a sense of maturity and compassion that I haven’t seen in many adults. I wish we lived closer. My Katharine is creative, too, and I know that she could learn so much from your daughter! Much love you, friend!

  6. Those are some amazing projects. She is such a talented young lady and I just adore all the things she makes. I love to see her work each week. It is always so inspiring to see and sometimes gives us ideas for projects… Simpler versions though. I can’t wait to read about your exciting weekend!

  7. Such a talented young lady. As I have said before, I love to crochet but can’t read a pattern to save my life. Would love to be able to do what she does with crocheting. Loved all the pictures of her creativity. On a completely different topic, have you guys been to Point Mallard yet for this summer? Would love to go sometime with Grace.
    Blessings
    Diane

  8. Love the tshirt – and the overalls with the tulle skirt. I’m sure I remember seeing plenty of photos of her wearing those when she was younger. After reading here I always feel like we should be being more creative and making more things. Then I remember that we are all different and the creativity gene is not that strong here. Love seeing the results of Keilee’s creativity though.

  9. I’m a bit like Keilee in that I always have to be doing something with my hands, although I never produce the quality of her beautiful projects! I particularly like the Africa themed T-shirt. Very, very cool!

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