Create Without Limits

I think it’s understood by all who read this blog that there are six other creatives behind the scenes of The Aran Artisan that contribute in each their own means. If I had my way, everyone in our family would participate in the writing; they know they are more than welcome to. Johnny takes quite a few of the photographs and helps with the editing and I know he is happy with that role. I’ve encouraged the children to consider writing book reviews, poetry, or short stories but it just hasn’t been the right time for any of them to do so and that’s just fine with me. They certainly contribute plenty of material through their daily living for me to shape my writing around. My family is the heart and soul of this blog.

Yesterday my eldest child, Margaret Maeve, turned thirteen years old. I’ve mentioned her Instagram art account Create Without Limits before and several of you support, encourage, and follow her and for that I thank you. Her birthday seemed just the time to do something that we’ve talked about for a few months now, adding that account here on the blog. So that’s what I’ve done, here in the widget section on the right-hand side, you’ll find her most recent posts →January 2017 cardyestercolor.jpg

Above is a thank you card made using a drawing of hers. It’s drawn from a photograph and is the first grandchild of the cousin who sent the children their telescope at Christmas.  They each wrote a message of thanks and it’s been sent on its way to America. I’m both proud and happy to feature her here and hope the other children also eventually add their own personal touch to the pages of our blog.

Card’ is the photo word this week for the One a Week Photo Challenge hosted by Sandra and Cathy. Yes, I’m a day late with my entry. Again.


“We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together.”  Dieter F. Uchtdorf


  1. BellyBytes says:

    Your little big girl definitely shows a lot of talent. How wonderful that you’ve engaged the whole family to create your blog with you. It makes them less resentful of the time you spend on line ( my experience that is – children resent anything that you do without their participation and invariably make you feel ‘guilty’ for not including them)

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    • Thanks Karina. We really enjoyed her special day, and you know how it is for children–the birthday starts early and goes for days afterwards. Just today she received a gift from a neighbour and yesterday from a peer. 🙂

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    • Will pass your congrats on to herself, thanks Sandra. Instagram is fun and pretty easy. Great editing software within itself, better than most phones, and easy to share to other media and to cut and paste what you write about it. I found it useful when I was managing the Smallholders Ireland Twitter account as I had to do most from my phone because of being at work.

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        • I never entertained the idea of having the internet in my back pocket but it can be awfully convenient at times and most plans include some data with it. So long as notifications are silenced or it can be very disruptive…I like to select when I want to view my social media, not have them in my face at their whim.


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