Families of Instagram #30: figmentcreative

“I am an art teacher, so everything I see makes me think, “What can we make with that?” This way of thinking does not lead to a minimalist home.” Amber Scardino (@figmentcreative) on a creative home life with her family in Austin Texas…

Amber Scardino (@figmentcreative) lives with her husband, Jeremy, and their family in Austin Texas. She is a mother to two young boys Baron, six, and Rider, five, and step-mother to Madison, 19, who is at college. Amber teaches private art classes with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) focus.

Our mornings are … hectic. I spend most of my time reminding my youngest to get dressed and taking Lego away from him; we usually make it to school without a second to spare. Despite how crazy it can be sometimes, I always cherish those few seconds early in the morning, when my boys crawl in bed with me and snuggle right when we wake up. That makes it all worth it.

I’d describe our house as … a sanctuary. My husband designed it with a courtyard, so it feels very safe and private. I run my art classes out of our garage/art studio and we do lots of action art in the courtyard which it opens up to. My boys, who are little engineers/artists/scientists, take full advantage of our creative space.

My kids mainly wear … Target and Old Navy, which get passed down to my younger one from his older brother. Everything ends up with paint on it eventually, so we don’t spend a lot on expensive clothes. They have started insisting on wearing all black “comfy” clothes, since they always want to be dressed as spies, so we may need to invest in more black sportswear.

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I cope with clutter by … living with it and eventually doing a purge when it gets too bad and there’s an intervention conducted by my husband. I am an art teacher, so everything I see makes me think, “What can we make with that?” This way of thinking does not lead to a minimalist home.

Our favourite family meal is … “Sunday gravy” (spaghetti and meatballs). My husband has Italian roots and has a mean recipe passed down from his grandfather.

I never leave the house without … my phone. It is my camera as well as my computer that helps me multi-task throughout the day.

When no one’s looking I … eat Nutella.

Having children has made me … realise that it is not all about me. Little things I used to worry about don’t seem so important anymore. When you are responsible for other people, the trivial things are just trivial.

I encourage creativity … by supplying the kids with materials they need to create and the trust that they are capable of using real tools to do it.

I’ll never be able to part with … having a creative outlet again. I used to paint all the time. When I got married and had kids, I stopped all that. When I started teaching art, I realised how much I had missed having a creative outlet. Even if I am just prepping for kids’ art activities, I am surrounded by it, and it fuels me. I need art in my life.

Bedtime tends to be … a time that I can finally relax. I am going non-stop with work and the kids throughout the day. At night I just take a deep breath, have a glass of wine, and relax.

When all else fails we … learn from our mistakes, take a deep breath, and go to the movies.

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