Do you prefer to receive snail mail or an email?
For me, hands down I prefer receiving a letter in the mail. It is so exciting when I open the mail box and see an envelope with a handwritten address on it...is there anything better than email that you didn't pay for and isn't asking you for money! The second I see the handwritten words I wonder who took the time to send a personal note in the mail. When someone takes the time to write words in the card I defiantly put it on a shelf where I will see it everyday. If a card is really meaningful I will glue it into my bullet journal that I keep as a scrapbook to look at again and again over the years. (I don't have any emails glued in my bullet journal.) I am overflowing with gratitude if the person also made the card they sent, even if it is made on a piece of white paper. Absolute kindness.
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.