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Heart and Mind Monday - 3/28/16

 
It's the last Monday of the month, and that means it's time for the Heart and Mind Monday link-up at Ivy's motivational blog "Carrot".  What's this link-up all about, you ask?  Well, here's what she says...
  • IT’S AN EXPRESSION OF ANY FORM OF CREATIVITY THAT YOU FIND HELPFUL TO YOU…
  • WHETHER IT’S WRITING,
  • YOUR KID’S ARTWORK,
  • MAYBE YOU PAINT, SEW,  OR SING,
  • PERHAPS YOU HAVE A QUIRKY LITTLE WAY OF WHISTLING WHENEVER YOU FEEL AFRAID
  • MAYBE YOU PRACTICE IMPERSONATIONS
  • ANYTHING!

  • Creativity for me means relaxation, doing something for the pure pleasure of doing it as opposed to the endless list of obligations and "must-do's" each week.  I have to admit that I don't spend as much time as I'd like doing creative things, and then I feel frustrated when the week ends and all I did was work and rest, and nothing that felt fun at all.  So recently I dug out some supplies and did something I used to do in the past, the perfect Easter project... I made come little ribbon crosses to enclose in cards and share with my coworkers at the office.  I have a couple on my desk at work, and if one of our clients or visitors comments on them, I offer them one.  I  try to keep things casual and personal there, to let our clients know that we see them as people, not as just cases. You'd be surprised how a little gift or a piece of candy from the dish can bring a smile to someone who is struggling.

    So anyway, here's a photo of my pocket-size ribbon crosses. I leave the ribbons long so they can be hung up or cut shorter to carry or use for a book marker.  


    Papa Bear was a great assistant, volunteering to cut out the plastic canvas forms they are made on.  The furkids did their best to "assist" too, since all those pretty wiggling ribbons just had to be toys in their way of thinking.  I soon had to cut some separate ribbons to use for play "snakes", so that they wouldn't grab the ribbons I was working with and dampen them with kitty slobber... lovely! ;-)

    It's a very easy craft project that only takes a few minutes to complete once I've cut out the plastic canvas form.  That's important since taking on a large project that I don't get finished just leaves me feeling defeated.  I've also used black plastic canvas before which looks nice  too, especially with darker shades of ribbon.  My favorite of course, is the purple cross which was made with fancy ribbon that had sparkly edges.  As far as I'm concerned, life can never have too much sparkly stuff! :-)

    What form of creativity have you undertaken recently that nurtured your soul?  Come and share it with us at Heart and Mind Monday... no special talents required!  The link-up remains open for a week, so you still have plenty of time!  Not a blogger? That's okay too... Ivy's created a special page to add your creative efforts for all of us to enjoy, all you have to do is email a photo and/or information photo to her at zoebyrd2@gmail.com.

    12 comments:

    1. What a thoughtful thing to do.

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    2. Oh my those are beautiful! I would want mine blessed with kitty slobber though...so you would have to make sure they all played with it! Thanks for being so supportive and such a good friend... those fur kids know when they got it good!

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      1. Anything that comes from my house comes with a little kitty love, Ivy, be it kitty slobber or kitty fur. Thank you for being such an awesome friend to me, it's made all the difference in my life! XOXO

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    3. Those are so pretty! It's kind of you to keep them to offer people who need a bit of hope.

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      1. Thank you Mimi! It is my pleasure to share a little bit of faith and hope with people who are searching for it so desperately at the hardest times of their lives. It's just a symbol, but it says I care, and God cares... and He does!

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    4. They are so pretty. What a lovely gift when someone needs to know they matter and are cared about.

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      1. Thank you, Patricia, that's exactly what it's about, a simple reminder, something tangible and free for the asking.

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    5. Josie, I have a red cross made this way given as a gift from a woman at the church I used to attend. I use at as a bookmark sometimes and sometimes I just look at it and make an intention on it. It is on my nightstand. They are very cute and I can imagine you using your fingers to craft them. Very nice.

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      1. Thank you Val, it makes me smile to know that you have one and you like it. Anything crafted with love is a good gift!

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    6. I am in the middle of redoing our bedroom situation here. Our eldest moved down to our "spare" bedroom in the basement, which meant the two girls could now have their own rooms. So the oldest daughter is moving into the boy's old room.... and it needs a makeover! So my creativity has been in wall paint! LOL My mom is helping and we are actually having quite a nice time doing it together. So that is definitely good for the soul.
      Love the bookmarks - this would be a great Sunday school craft.

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    Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)