a creating sunday

Yesterday we decided that we would dedicate today to our creative sides. We felt like we had been watching too much tv recently, and so vowed to keep it turned off for today.

To start the day I tried a new dish for lunch. I didn't get the recipe from a cookbook, but improvised as I went and made some very delicious fajitas. Green pepper, onion, red pepper, chicken...and then I added rice in order to stretch it out and we now both have lunch for tomorrow! It was delicious too!

I saw a canvas in a store that I really liked a month or so ago, and had been wanting to try to recreate it. So, after lunch I sat down with my vision in mind. Here is what I came up with:
(*I may repaint the "Family Rules" part sometime, as I'm not very happy with that lettering, but I was pleased with the rest)

When we were home for Christmas, Brent borrowed the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain from my dad. He has always enjoyed sketching and so he has been devouring this book (Yes, I said devouring...Brent! Devouring a book!) As he reads there are several different tasks and drawings that it asks you to do, the first one was to draw a self-portrait while looking in a mirror. Brent set up in the corner of our dining room and I didn't hear a peep out of him for about 2 hours. The finished product (Of which I was very impressed):
Another one asked him to draw a picture of his hand, and again, I was blown away by the end result: I don't know what he's working on right now, but he took a break, ate some cereal, and is now back at work! I'll keep you updated on his creations!

We did take a time out earlier in order to cut his hair, but I consider that part of a creative day :). I also consider our next adventures creative: Making ice-cream sundays! But after that I hope to settle in and read a good chunk of (one of) the current books I'm into: Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott.

Before I go, however, I wanted to throw a picture or two up here of the noodle-pizza that I posted the recipe for last week. I made it and thought I'd photograph it so you could see what it looks like (strange...but good!)
I know it's not the healthiest thing to eat, but don't worry, I served it with green beans (a staple in our house!), and pears. (And don't worry, those are almonds on the beans, not some weird discolored growth! Yikes!)
I also took a picture of another recipe I tried from the 5-Ingredient cookbook: Party Bread. I waited until a loaf of sourdough bread was on special, and we LOVED it! I'm thinking it's a must for our superbowl party next week! I'll post the recipe if anyone is interested, let me know!
Okay-- back to a lazy, productive, creative, relaxing Sunday. (Just so I don't feel guilty, it is snowing a little bit, and before I go to bed I probably will flip on the local news to see if school is canceled or delayed...you know how they get around here!)

What about you though, if you had a day to turn off the TV and be creative, what would you do?


Kali said...

You guys are too cute. If you can come up with an activity that will cause Dan to sit in one place for over 2 hours without saying word, please let me know. The only time he does that is when he's unconcious.

Loved the sign! Feel free to pass things on to your non-creative sister at any time :-)

Anonymous said...

Another task for Brent is to draw something that he is looking at but he can't look at his paper and he can't lift his pencil...it has to be a continuous line. Fun, challenging and interesting. Your sign is very nice...great for yourself, great for gifts, and even great to sell. I need to take some of your advice and start being creative again soon...My hands are about back to normal. Love, Carol

*carrie* said...

That's a snow day?! What a hoot!

Love the canvas you did--want to make something for the baby's room? =)

TM is one of my favorite books--I think I've read it three times.

Thank you very much for your comment the other day. I appreciated your nice words, and Eric got a kick out of your idea.

Anonymous said...


I'm so impressed with your cooking. Everything always looks so delicious.
Who knew?

Kelly K