In Summary – #Create Every Day of May
My focus on creating for the month of May helped me revitalize my belief that creativity comes in many forms. We all do it. We just don’t all call it ‘being creative’. Cooking, enjoying life, being brave, stepping outside the limits, putting pen to paper or brush to canvas, traveling, shifting, opening, healing – it’s all part of living a creative life. The posts I shared on my Instagram and Facebook accounts are remembered below.
Back in the studio today. Feels soooooo good!! Creating a commissioned piece for my sweet nephew @sbach10 FINALLY!!! (But don’t hold your breath quite yet, Sam!) I usually prefer silence when I’m creating, but this time it’s all about music. My favorite on my old-fashioned ipod playlist today has been Jessie J. (@isthatjessiej) Honestly that Masterpiece song…firing me up today. Check out a live video of it via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbx96OgDqFk #createeverydayofmay
For today’s #createeverydayofmay post, I relied on my sweet, creative hairdresser of a whopping 16 years (whoa!) to add some blue highlights to my hair. I’ve wanted to do this for quite awhile, but thought maybe I was too old for such shenanigans and should just embrace my gray instead. Amy disagreed. So a big shout out to her (aka Amy Vanover, Amy’s Beauty Salon, and @1816sherman) for pumping some new fuel into my daily creative living. (Also, selfies aren’t my strong suit, but I did think the blue Kwan Yin provided a terrific backdrop for my efforts!!)
So today has Roxy and me recovering from dual dental work (at different dentists for all you potential smart alecks out there:) That means #createeverydayofmay is all about watching other people being uber creative. Thank you, Trevor Noah.
I completely forgot to share a #createeverydayofmay post yesterday so am catching up today. And since our neighbors had their baby boy Wyatt yesterday, it only makes sense to make him/them the focus because it’s pretty uber creative to create a human being yes? Can’t wait to meet the newest West Central member!! @larauva
Beautiful day here in the Fort so digging into the ground and the yard plans courtesy of neighbor, Tom. When your 100-year-old house is long and narrow so is your yard. Urban gardening rocks! #createeverydayofmay
My very first picture with my new toy – an instax mini 8 camera (think old-fashioned Polaroid) courtesy of my three children for Mothers’ Day. Which is why I feel a little bad labeling Roxy as #favoritechild, but since I can’t choose one of the other three gems, she wins. Happy Mothers’ Day to all. And I really mean ALL. I always think of mothering as nurturing and even if you don’t have kids of your own, you mother and nurture others. Your nieces and nephews, your neighbors’ kids, your students, clients, and patients, your neighborhood, your communities, and yes, your loving pets. Mothering of all kinds makes the world a stronger, more connected place to be. Go team!! XO #createeverydayofmay #mothersday #sacredfeminine
The weekend’s plantings are getting a soft, steady drink today to help them settle in. Love this phase of sitting back and watching WAY better than I like the doing. #createeverydayofmay
I spent my creative energy today channeling my mother-in-law, aka Grandma Cuckoo, while I made a double batch of her famous sweetrolls. The whole clan will enjoy them when we gather soon to celebrate her life. Our matriarch. Lots of ‘sweet’ memories poured in as I stirred and kneaded, rolled and baked. A good, sentimental day. Big sigh. #createeverydayofmay
I have a lineup of a few people who are prepared to pluck and wax my face should I ever be unable to do it myself. This is totally necessary and you know who you are. After watching this movie, Alive Inside, I plan to create multiple memory-inducing music playlists that those same folks are going to put on the fancy audio technology of the time and plop on my ears. I thought I understood the power of music prior to this, but now I understand the POWER. OF. MUSIC. – it literally makes us come alive inside. So watch the movie, create your playlists, and line up your people. Your brain will thank you. Two thumbs up! #createeverydayofmay #aliveinside
The center of the labyrinth @thegrottopdx. The thing about labyrinths…you can only see a few steps ahead on your path and you can only peek over your shoulder briefly to see the last couple steps you’ve taken. The rest is just slow and steady, one step at a time. Breathe in pine… Next breath azaleas. A bird song. A silent gardener taking a break on a nearby bench, checking her email. A plane takes off who knows how far away. Just keep moving forward. Breathe. #createeverydayofmay #peaceful #portlandoregon #labyrinth #breathe #ihavethisthingwithfloors #fatwproject
Playing a little catch up with #createeverydayofmay… Was too busy soaking up some creative inspiration in #portlandoregon this weekend. This is a beautiful gravel garden at the Japanese Gardens, raked to evoke a sense of easy, flowing movement towards center. It worked. Planning a gravel garden in our urban space soon. Better buy a rake! #japanesegardenspdx #serenitynow #creatinganartfulgarden
More creative inspiration for our garden. Joel and I loved these little water features throughout the Japanese Gardens in Portland. Just a peaceful slow trickle until the right moment when the bamboo tube dropped down to release its water and then snapped back up with a *smack*. Designed to keep deer out of the garden, we’re wondering if it might keep the rabbits away from our hostas. More likely it will drive Roxy mad. Still… I have the perfect stone base for it. #createeverydayofmay #creatinganartfulgarden
Lots of beauty in Portland, but this captures the essence of our spring visit. My dilemma was whether to capture one glorious bloom or a full flowering tree – there were gazillions everywhere! Clearly one bloom won. I know Portland is the #cityofroses, but the azaleas were uber stunning and just filled us up with such vibrant color and brightness!! #createeverydayofmay #flowersforscarlett
It was a #createeverydayofmay creative writing day today. More about sweetrolls – the language of love in the Sauer family. Grandma Cuckoo love. Always cherished, but even more so when Alzheimer’s clouded her ability to create them. “And then at some point soon after, she let go of sweetrolls entirely, moving into her new place of peace even further from her past and those structures and traditions that had defined her. But we didn’t forget. We have pockets of memories tucked into a recipe, swirling amid dizzying whiffs, baked into those center gooey middle bites. Our flashbacks are all different yet with one similarity – each one is rarely just about the taste, but rather comes with a story…You start talking about sweetrolls and this Sauer clan can go on for hours with stories that all flow into one cinnamon-twist of truth – Grandma/Mom didn’t just ‘bake sweetrolls’. She poured herself into them, deliberately, knowingly serving us, expressing her love for us, receiving our love and appreciation in return with each each moan of contentment, each delightful anecdote.” You can read the full sweetroll story at http://www.ellensauer.com. Clickable link is in my profile. xo ellencsauer#Alzheimer’s #alzheimersdisease #familylove❤️ #sweetrolls
I love this quote from Frank Gehry, the master architect who thinks outside the box and shakes things up with his creations. It’s so true for me too. And I’ve learned over time to even be pumped about that last line, “If I knew where I was going, I wouldn’t do it.” Took me awhile to embrace that ever-changing flow of creating. You can see more posts from my On Creating Art Pinterest board at: https://www.pinterest.com/ellencsauer/on-creating-art/. Clickable link in my profile. #createeverydayofmay #frankgehry
This week has been all about creating space for family. We’re hosting an extended family gathering and memorial weekend for my mom-in-law. The energy is building as folks prepare to set out on their journeys all with the same intent – loving and honoring Mom/Grandma Cuckoo/Barb. So looking forward to sharing space with everyone. P.S. That triangle in the photo is THE very one she used to ring to call her brood home for dinner in the evenings. I’m sure it will be sounding this weekend in her honor! #creatingeverydayofmay #familyiseverything #timetogetherheals #goodmedicine
I love this quote from @bemorewithless (and all of her other quotes and sentiments too.) Honestly, how often do we complain that we don’t have enough time? I need this reminder regularly…to clear out, scale back, let things go and create space for what matters. ‘What matters’ may vary among us, but we all share the tendency to get cluttered up and rushed at one time or another. Let’s take some deep breaths, clear the clutter and create openings of time for important stuff, shall we? #createeverydayofmay #bemorewithless #cleartheclutter #gentlereminders
Another full day ahead with family and honoring and remembering and loving. It’s all good and so needed. One moment of centering though before the clan returns to our home – creating space in me to be able to hold space with others. Thankful for #yogawithadriene. She brings a mindful practice into my home to flow into and out of as I feel the need. A wise yogi once said to me, “If you have to ‘do yoga’ or ‘go to yoga’, you’re no longer practicing yoga.” And so I #findwhatfeelsgood on and off the mat, flowing between the two with relative ease thanks to her honest approach. Now onward to the day. xo #createeverydayofmay
Just finished an intense, full weekend with family – honoring our matriarch in a beautiful, loving way. And now to counter balance the intense energy and focus, FUN is on the agenda for the rest of this week. Maybe diving back into my art piece, going to a matinee movie alone on a rainy afternoon, snuggling with Roxy to watch Dancing with the Stars or The Voice, taking an hour to just read my latest novel (The Hangman’s Daughter at this writing), biking the greenway, a downtown festival, and on and on. Play time is good medicine and so important. Create space for it! #createeverydayofmay
What I love most about this post from Word Porn is the truth that creativity is about doing anything you love. I always cringe when someone says they are not creative or don’t have a creative bone in their body. Creativity isn’t only about making something to hang on a wall. It’s about creating a life filled with things you love. The list this post gives is great. I’d also add creating space with friends, or clearing out patterns and healing wounds that keep us from the joys in life. So as I’ve been posting all month in #createeverydayofmay, I’ve had in mind all sorts of wonderful creations. Redefine it for yourself and see what’s on – or wants to be on – your list.