I am Super Excited about this...
It has been a difficult few months for all of us and I am especially worried about our youth and the impact social distancing and other safety measures are having on them. When I started to think about why I create cards and do workshops with others it became clear to me, one of the biggest reasons I do this is because it is a great self care tool in my own life and in the lives of others. This started me thinking about developing an Art Journaling Workshop for teen girls. This workshop will be very different when I'm able to safely run it in person. Until then, we are going to make it a great time online! As long as everyone is enjoying the process of being creative it will be a success! Workshop details below.
A Teen Art Journaling Workshop! Starts June 11th for 6-weeks, Thursday evenings 6:30pm-7:30pm, online via Zoom. A few materials will be provided along wtih a supply list of materials you'd have in your home (if you don't already have the materials I will get you what you need). Participants will make their own journals and will have fun exploring different ways to exercise their creative spirit! COVID Speical - $70/person dure to changes in regular workshop as a result of COVID. (regular price $100/person, all materials included). If you have someone you'd like to register or if you have questions send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
I spent some time tonight getting creative with my 7 year old. Some of my happiest moments are when we are creating together. We made paper beads, an activity from the book Paper Play by Lydia Crook. We have no idea what we will do with the finished string of beads and that doesn't matter, it was the process that was most important, not the end result.
I often hear from people, 'I love to paint/knit/draw/stamp/etc but I don't have time'. Why don't we make time for the creative activities that bring us joy and improve our mental health. Is it truly because we don't have time - I don't think so - we have the time we just don't make the time. Is it because we don't know where to start, we are anxious about it not looking nice when it is finished, or is there another reason holding us back? The answer is different for everyone. The activity we did tonight took us 30 minutes and it did not turn out to be the most beautiful beads you have ever seen. However, we both had fun making them together. Being creative isn't about the end result, it is about the process. I challenge you to create something tomorrow just because you can. Post it on IG and tag me, I'm excited to see what you create!
Fun Fact: I am thinking about hosting a 6-8 week workshop where we will get busy being creative with a great group of people if you are interested let me know and watch for details.
A big shout out to first responders, medical persons, grocery story staff, elderly support, necessary services staff...if you are out there so the rest of us can stay safe at home...
To everyone else - STAY HOME!
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? I have heard all kinds of interesting traditions people have for celebrating this holiday whether they are in a relationship or not.
For me, I make a special card for my partner and a special card for my son. In each I write a thoughtful message reminding each of them why I am grateful to have them in my life. I also make a fun dinner for the three of us - it often includes chocolate covered strawberries. How every you do or don't celebrate this holiday I hope you have a wonderful day!
For years I have not made New Year's resolutions because I would never follow through...probably because my resolution was always about taking something away. In December I read and awesome idea in a magazine that got me thinking...
This year I decided to do make a resolution where each month I will walk with a women in my life who brings me joy and lifts me up! The hardest part - narrowing it down to 12 women because I am lucky to know a lot of amazing women!!!
In January I asked Tara, owner of Groundwork, to join me. It took awhile to find a date that worked and when we did we stuck to it! On walk day, during my drive to Crescent Beach in the dark, it started to pour rain and all I could do was laugh - I was determined not to let it dampen my spirits. I was ready to walk with or without the rain. By the time we were ready to get started the rain stopped and we had a beautiful walk. We had so much fun. We talked business (of course we talked business - lol), family, travel, books, goals, and more. Partway through our adventure we turned off our headlamps and looked at the stars. It was the perfect way to start my 2020 New Year's Resolution!
It has been a wonderful time working with these two makers Melissa & Melissa and it keeps getting better! A few fun facts: we each strive to avoid single plastic use, we believe in supporting local, and we met at a MakerDay by Tara with Groundwork. We started our collaboration with a Mothers Day gift set including earrings by Melissa Morrison Jewellery, a Bandana Bib & Headband by Twig and Piper, and I contributed a watercoloured card. This past Christmas 2019 we organized an outdoor market at The King Street Beer Company in Bridgewater. We called it The Stop Christmas Shop! The market highlighted work by makers across the area and was a huge success. Interested in what else we are up to? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram - The Shorebirds Collective.
Getting into holiday mode...it is going to be upon us before we know it. I am so excited to share Paper Lili’s 2019 Holiday Cards! These cared were fun to make. It was important to me that I created cards that would speak to different experiences people have over the holidays. There also needed to be a Lunenburg touch, that is why I included a Merry Christmas Boat.
However you celebrate the holidays, I hope it includes a little bit of happiness and a card from someone who is thinking of you!