Guest series :: My children are my muses

by contributor on 28/05/2012

in Guest series 2012, Kids Crafts

Guest series 2012: I asked fellow bloggers, makers and creators to write on their creativity and focus their essay on one of four topics: creativity and health, creativity and business, creativity and parenting or creativity and process. I am very excited to have a wonderful lot of fellow creative folk guest posting here at whipup.net over the next couple of months. Please welcome…

Maggie Brereton is the momma behind the blog, Smashed Peas and Carrots, where she shares sewing and craft DIY tutorials, plus family friendly recipes and birthday parties too. Based out of Chicago, IL she also sells her handmade children’s clothing and momma’s accessories at her shop, Smashed Peas and Carrots, on Etsy.

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be here at Whip Up today to talk about how parenting has changed why I create.

I was lucky to grow up with a mom who loved to bake, cook, and sew clothing and dolls for my sisters and I and a dad who loved home improvement, landscaping, leather and woodwork. I feel like I have been a DIYer my whole life. I grew up loving to make things for myself and others. It’s just what I did…and we did in my family. In the past creating was always a way to put my personal spin on something instead of buying it in a store or off the rack. Being a DIYer is a great way to save money and pinch pennies too, especially during my college years! But then 5 years ago I had my first child, my son Noah. Less than 2 years later came my daughter Penelope and less than 2 years again came Eloise. Now I am awaiting the birth of our fourth child due at the end of June…life has been crazy fun these last 5 years to say the least! Once I had my own children, I felt an urge to make special things for them to wear and own, and so, the focus of my creativity became what I could do and make for them.

When I had Noah, my momma would (and still does to this day!) send packages of neatly boxed clothing from my childhood. The ones that especially touched me were the packages she had sent that were filled with the stuffed dolls she made for me when I was young and the hand knit sweaters, blankets, and dresses that my grandmother had made and sent to me when I was their age! There is something about the thought of my children handing down heirlooms I have created for them to their children, it is just so inspiring to me that I decided to ask for a sewing machine for my birthday 3 years ago and teach myself how to sew!

Parenting has changed how I create because it has given me a 3 (soon to be 4) sweet and adorable muses that inspire me daily. One thing I have really come to love is making clothing for my kids which I had never ever attempted before having children. I made their Halloween costumes this past year which was so fun because I had the chance to coordinate them based off of Noah’s love for Super Mario. I am lucky enough to have all three of my children asking and at times pleading with me to make them costumes, bags, baby diapers, and pretty dresses to twirl in. The excitement they show at seeing the finished product makes me want to continue making more and more beautiful things for them.

One of the most amazing things about how parenting has changed my creative vision is that I now have my own small business, called Smashed Peas and Carrots, where I sell my handmade children’s clothing. I never saw myself owning my own clothing company or even making children’s clothing but that is the funny thing about how kids can change you. I have found that I just love creating pretty dresses that little girls can play and dance in especially since my two girls love running around and causing mayhem with their big brother. Even starting my DIY craft blog, Smashed Peas and Carrots, wouldn’t have happened had it not been for my children and my desire to have a sort of online diary for them to read and learn a little bit more about their momma when they are older as well as share my what is important to our family there. I think parenting changes all of us in so many ways and I am lucky to have had parenting enhance my creative mind and open up a door to the small business world where I can share my talents with others.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kate May 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

i need that dress with the ruffle down the front!!!!

2 Courtney May 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Congratulations on such a wonderful talent. My 2 year old rocks one of your dresses-it’s so beautiful that our photographer (another amazingly creative woman) would like to buy it from us when Layla outgrows it so she can use it in photo shoots. Happy sewing!

3 Linda G May 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm

What dear little people you have to love and guide! I love the wrinkled nose. Cute.

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