My nieces have a beautiful playscape in their backyard. For Mother’s Day, they decided to paint it, and they invited my littles to help.
It was an exercise in patience because they started out with a plan, about 10 different colors, and very small paint brushes. Grand things, however, always start off very small.
After an hour or two of painting and not being able to see much progress, we took a lunch break.
Aunt Darla returned with more paint, larger brushes, and a bigger plan. Artwork does not just happen. It starts with an image, and that image is redesigned in our minds until it is just right.
My oldest niece is more artistic than she realizes. She painted the birds on the playscape. She did not sketch them first or copy them from a picture. It was a design in her mind that she transferred to the playscape.
Watching it all unfold out my backdoor was beautiful.
I will admit, there were moments when I wondered if my sister had lost her mind. When I saw all of the colors, I certainly did not have the vision in my head that she had in hers. Being artistic is a gift. My sister and my nieces have that gift.
Their vision turned out perfectly perfect.
I love it when food turns out equally as perfect. When I saw Robyn’s recipe for Salted Caramel Banana Nut Muffins, I totally understood what she meant when she talked about waking up wanting something and heading into the kitchen to make it. She had a vision and made it into a reality. That reality jumped into my world when I saw the pictures one morning and knew that I needed those muffins in my life immediately. When I realized that I did not have caramels, I panicked for a second, but then I decided that I could make my favorite Caramel Sauce and substitute it. The result was an amazingly delicious, moist muffin that totally hit the spot. Yes, all visions start off small before they turn into something grand.