The Mother of Invention

30 Aug

Apparently necessity isn’t the mother of invention. I am.

Despite what some of you may think, I am not crafty. At all. In fact, I don’t even really like the idea of being crafty. I am creative. Not crafty. There is a difference. I can envision things and ideas, but I cannot make them. I get other people to make them. (Yes, I can now paint a wall, but I don’t consider that all that crafty.)

Maeve on the other hand is both crafty and creative. The girl never stops. Some days she spends all her time outside painting, creating something near a masterpiece.

This morning for example, she decided she was going to spend her day making an Eiffel Tower out of Popsicle sticks. Huh?

Her other recent creations have been more mid-century modern inspired. When she isn’t scanning Ebay for mid-century things for our home like hairpin table legs, she is dreaming up other MCM creations using regular household objects. For example, she created this pendant lamp from an old light fixture she had in a Chinese lantern and some plain old printer paper.

She also made this Eames inspired clock with the clock mechanism from an old Target wall clock, construction paper and wooden sticks.

And she took my Pinterest challenge seriously, even if I didn’t, but making this succulent planter with a vase she found in the cabinet, rocks from outside and a plant from the garden.  She puts me to shame.


And if that weren’t enough, she even has her own Etsy shop, Raindrops. Check out her lovely jewelry. I am so proud of her creative energy and I hope she will follow her bliss always.  The other night we were talking about some of her peers who are starting to get wound up about college choices and making sure they have enough club and philanthropic activity to get themselves into Harvard. I could see her getting stressed out about it and I shared with her one of my favorite posters. I reminded her this is her life and she only gets to do it once. Happiness comes from following your bliss and I am sure she will.


5 Responses to “The Mother of Invention”

  1. Trish September 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Hey Brandy! I have thinking about your “this is your life” poster all week.
    Where did you get that? (I gotta have one.)



    • Brandy September 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      Hi Trish,

      I re-pinned that poster from someone on Pinterest and I have been trying to find a place for you to buy it. I just printed it out and put it on my office wall. If I run across a place to buy it, I will let you know. It’s pretty wonderful, huh?


  2. Kate August 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    GO MAEVE!!

  3. Trish August 30, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Keep up the great work ! This is so inspirational.


  4. Corina August 30, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Beautiful Maeve !

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