Art of Living

Each of the following items are optional – see what takes your fancy.


  • Discover something creative you enjoy (“creative” encompassing a very wide definition)
  • Read The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
  • Read Living a Beautiful Life by Alexandra Stoddard (warning: this is someone else’s recommendation and I have not seen it yet – I reserve the right to remove this book from this list!)


  • Read The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka
  • Design a house
  • Study different types of decor
  • Study the use of colour
  • Research homes from around the globe (for some perspective)


  • Plan and put on a child’s birthday party
  • Help plan and prepare for Christmas
  • Plan and put on a Progressive Dinner
  • Learn creative table settings and napkin folding
  • Embroider table linen
  • Learn creative ways to make centrepieces
  • Collect dishes for your Hope Chest


  • Create a Family Traditions Notebook
  • List the traditions you would like to do with your own family some day
  • Create photo albums or scrapbooks
  • Set up a Keepsakes Box


  • Keep a Thankfulness Journal
  • Be generous
  • Consider others less fortunate than yourself…and do something about it


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