Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Originality, Beauty, and Creativity"


"'A child won't notice' is a very bad and untrue phrase to admit into your mind. A child will be affected by originality, beauty, and creativity."



--Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking

15 comments:

MiCo said...

I MUST get a copy of that book. Thanks for sharing!

Polly said...

I just read this portion of the book within the last week. I think it is so true! And I will hold it close to my heart as my son grows older.

mrs boo radley said...

Too true.

Anonymous said...

MiCo -
Yes, it is a wonderful book. In your search for it, you may run across older copies with a shorter title - "Hidden Art" (I can't underline). It's the same book, as far as I know.

KinaBolina said...

If that quote is any indication the book will be a wonderful read. As others have said, "so true!"
Daisy looks adorable in that blouse/dress (can't tell which) - I have a peach blouse with lovely, founcing cap sleeves like that from April Cornell...such a fun and feminine cut.

Laura said...

...and most oft' it is mother, by her own example, who kindles the fire and fans the flames in her little ones.
I was drawn in by the beauty wanting to see further in this Daisy Series.
What original, beautiful, creative expression came from her time at the art table?
Perhaps another post.... :)

This book is invaluable.

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, Edith Schaeffer. I learned a lot about the importance of creativity when I read her book, 'The Hidden Art of Homemaking'. I didn't realise how important it was to our emotional well-being. As for children noticing or not noticing what surrounds them, I believe what is around us in our childhood has a huge effect on who we spend the rest of our lives being. I was surrounded by space and by nature. I love these things now.

Sonya, Australia

Goosey said...

Edith Schaeffer's book is one of my favourites and is listed in my profile too. My copy is so well thumbed and highlighted all over the place! Her book 'What is a Family' is another 'must read'.

Julie said...

This book has been sitting, unread, on my shelf for quite a few years now--I am inspired to pick it up and read it now!

Sometimes I fear that I worry too much about aesthetics at home--that my priorities should be on practicality and function. But perhaps there is a balance--it does seem like we were created to desire and enjoy beauty.

Mrs. Rabe said...

I couldn't agree more!

Lisateresa said...

Are those pencils in her hair? Hmm
Maybe I can try that.

Bethgem said...

Oh my gosh she's so beautiful, Anna.

Jamie said...

I think the blessing of kids "not noticing" is that they never see the mistakes. Just all the good parts.

good_to_be_home said...

One of my favorite books and the quote is so true, in fact, I would say that often my children are the FIRST to notice the beauty around us!
Love the pictures of your little girl with the curls!

Hopewell said...

I knew that had to be from EDITH! I try to remember so many of her words of advice. Thanks for a lovely post!

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