“Aunty, why does it say LOE on your wall?”
Totally real and valid question from my niece. See, I spotted these great letters at Michaels and was trying to spell out ‘love’ but they didn’t have a ‘v’. I watched the letters for weeks and checked both local stores but they never had a ‘v’. When they went on clearance for 75 cents I couldn’t resist. I bought them and propped them on top of my tall leaning mirror.
The next thing I see, my niece has added a post-it note ‘v’ to the set. Gotta love a girl that’s got your back like that. I was actually tempted to leave it that way because it’s a cute story and such a sign of resourcefulness. But I’m a bit anal….
So I picked up a wooden letter from the dollar store to take its place and hauled out the glue gun and leftover yarn from the pompom garland project. 20 minutes of wrapping later, I had my love!
The whole mismatched and irregular wrap job is a stretch for my OCD self but I’m giving it a try. The neonized rainbow colors are a great pop of color on these darker days. Plus you know how I feel about a bargain – $3.25 for the set warms my heart. So there you have it, the evolution of my ‘love’!
How about trying this for the holidays? Spell ‘joy’, ‘noel’ or ‘peace’ and wrap them for your mantle? Pretty cheap and easy project, just sayin’!
Have you ever had a thought pop into your head, decide to pay attention to it and then realize how often that thought happens? Stick with me. Back in August, my friend gave me the best birthday gift ever which was a tote full of produce and baking from her farm – eggs, bread, tomatoes, squash, goat cheese, you name it. I enjoyed it so much and since then have been noticing how often people share food. I’m not talking about having family over for dinner or sampling a bite from your date’s meal.
Here are some real-life examples: I checked my neighbours’ mail while they were on vacation and they gifted me gorgeous peaches and corn fresh from the Okanagan. A coworker shared her garden’s abundance of zucchini for weeks this summer then added tomatoes and baby potatoes to her deliveries. My Dad loves carrot muffins so when I made a batch of minis I sent them his way. I came home from work one day and found a jar of homemade plum jam on my doorstep from another neighbor. I baked cookies specifically for an anniversary gift. A friend and I meet for regular coffee dates and often one of us shows up with cookies or slices of loaf. The gardening coworker went on vacation and brought me the contents of her fridge. On hallowe’en I took caramel sauce and apples to work for my office mate and I as a treat. Just this weekend, I received homemade turkey soup and ginger cookies from two different people! You get the idea, right!?
It’s no big deal but also it kind of is. Fortunately the people around me are not going hungry, nor do I have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. I suspect food sharing is more than just giving away the bounty from our gardens and baking sessions. I’m proposing that this giving of food is a natural way of showing kindness and caring. Pretty profound for a Monday I know, but since food is such a basic need, aren’t we actually looking after each other by sharing? I like that idea a lot. Do I just have really excellent friends and coworkers or do you share food too?
If you have even one creative bone in your body you’ll benefit from Twyla Tharp’s ‘The Creative Habit’. The renowned dancer/choreographer offers insights, exercises and tools to boost the creative process and keep it rolling. She uses examples from her own life but also gives anecdotes from the worlds of sport, writing, painting, even science and business. The basic premise is that there are habits that enhance creativity, no matter what form it takes. Each chapter includes a series of exercises to support her points. Some I did, some not but I can see the value in them. One of my favourites is ‘build a bridge to the next day’ where Twyla explains her own habit of ending a day when she knows what comes next. This gives her a starting point for the following day and builds on success. Simple, brilliant!
I consider myself a creative so I found this super interesting and motivating. I’ve always thought my need for routine and my desire to create were conflicting forces but Tharp proposes these actually support one another and i think she’s onto something. Discipline, routine and preparation are all pieces of the bigger process.
Part workbook, part philosophy and totally inspiring, this is a book I’ll keep close by for reference (and have already loaded with page markers). I’d love to pass it along to a few friends but am too reluctant to part with my copy!