How I'm Trying To Live a More Creative Life in 30 Days + You Can Too

Hello Lovely,

I’m always looking for ways to stay active creatively. I started a membership for only $5 a month with Creative Bug but never used it. I even suspended my account and considered terminating it, but I wanted to believe that if I kept it, someday I would actually use. When the autmatic bill pay notification came up, I decided to go back to the site. I really didn’t know where to begin. I just wanted to get back into creative things with a manageable project. So when I found this class on Creative Bug, I really wanted to try it. I’m sharing my experience with the first week and I encourage you guys to try it for yourself.

Course description:

So many of us are on a quest to incorporate creativity into our lives, but short on time and resources, we’re not sure how to begin. For inspiration and sage advice, we turn to artist and explorer, Courtney Cerruti, who incorporates art into everything she does and finds beauty in even the most mundane moments. This series is perfect for aspiring artists, crafters who are in a rut, and anyone who suspects that a creative habit would be good for their soul - your eyes will be opened to new creative possibilities that are easy to practice every day. No matter your skill level, we hope you’ll show up, bring a playful attitude and a willingness to try new things.

Learn how to: 

  • Be prepared when the creative urge strikes

  • Utilize your local libraries and museums

  • Find accountability partners

  • Curate collections from everyday objects

  • Explore colors and play with motifs

  • Create on-the-fly art

  • Look at the world around you in new ways

  • Start a creative ritual that will change your life

Day One: Blind Contour

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For my blind contour, I chose to draw a picture of an awesome afro chick I found really inspiring online. I definitely want to get this imaged cleaned up by someone who actually knows how to draw well and incorporate it into a t-shirt design.

Day Two: Daily Observations

6 Things I Saw Today

  • I saw mt friend Gary in traffic this morning

  • I saw students from our school in Exuma visiting us

6 Things I Did Today

  • I wore my hair out today

  • I used pumpkin spice eggnog instead of coffee creamer

  • I ate cereal for breakfast

  • I finally went to the Teacher’s Credit Union to open an account

  • I got my hair done

    I made Apple Pie “Egg Rolls”

Something I Overheard

“Did you say he had a knife?” I work in a school so there are a lot of random things I can possibly overhear in a day. This one is the oddest I’ve heard for the school year. When the principal asks this kind of question, I’m not sure I want to be there for the answer.

Day 3: Be Prepared for Creativity

This day was just about having the proper tools on you for when creativity strikes like drawing tools and a pad. For me, I draw on inspiration through Pinterest. Whenever I have a free moment and I’m feeling creative, I stroll through the site for a few minutes. Looking at all of the creative ideas makes me happy and recharges my brain.

Day 4: Changing Your Perspective

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 Of course, it's easy to look up and look down when you're in a brand new space, but the challenge is to be in a space that you already know and are familiar with and change your perspective about navigating that space. So, if it's your walk to work every day or maybe it's just going into your own backyard and just looking at it in a new way with fresh eyes. 

Day 5: Urban Rubbings

Today’s challenge was about looking around for interesting surfaces to make impression art on. All I needed for this was a couple sheets of typing paper or copy paper and a crayon that has all of the paper peeled off of it. If you want to do this, take a look at the sidewalk and see if there are any interesting textures or impressions in the cement. Look at things like metal grates or building walls and see if there's any interesting bumps. 

Day 6: Become a Collector 

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Day 6 advocates for us to start collecting something, big or small. They could be things that you already might have in your home, but the concept of creating a collection or establishing collection allows you to become a curator and have an editing eye. Let’s say you collect pencils. You don't have to collect all the pencils in the world. So what are the pencils you are gonna collect? Do they have interesting type on them, have people chewed off the erasers, do they have brightly colored erasers? These are the things that you're gonna bring with intention to your collection. I already collect glass bottles and that photo is only a sample of all of the glass bottles I own (there were a good much that didn’t make the photo).

Day 7: Check Out Your Local Library

I am definitely not one to go to the library. I think my early years of college, using a microfiche really scarred me. Now I use Net Galley to find books to borrow. And having an Amazon Prime account also helps me to discover a free new book each month.

I thought I would be doing something like drawing or painting every day but it’s not like that, which is good. The class wasn’t too demanding in the early stages so it requires no financial investment in pricey art tools that you may never use again. The first 7 days were rather easy. While I didn’t find the class particularly inspiring, I will continue with it and see where it leads me. I’ll be sure to share anything interesting that I create. How are you guys getting creative? Share what inspires you in the comment section below!

This Quiz will Help You Create a Custom Wedding Cocktail

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Hello Lovely,

Wedding Season is upon us. Everyone is still talking about the Royal Wedding (I didn't even bother to watch) and I'm sure a lot of relationships are feeling the pressure to walk down the aisle in style now! One of the ways you can do that is by creating your own custom cocktail for your big day. I've been to a lot of events where they created custom cocktails for the event and that really made it feel special. But making your own signature drink can be a lot of pressure. What should it taste like? Whose taste buds should you go with? Should you include top shelf drinks?

Brilliant Earth has a super-simple solution. The ethically-sourced engagement ring company just launched its very own Wedding Cocktail Generator to help you and your betrothed create a drink specially tailored to your relationship. The quiz results even provide a mocktail version of the recipe for nondrinkers.

So now, instead of worrying whether “met while bar-hopping downtown” tastes more like vodka or gin, you can get back to the important decisions, like whether to spend your money on an end-of-the-night soft pretzel drunchies bar or a bridal-themed bouncy castle. (I personally want the bouncing castle - holding my bouquet, ladies!)

If I Could Have Any Super Power, it Would Be...

Hello Lovely,

This week I'm teaching my kids about tapping into their inner superhero. Last year we learned about Growth Mindsets so I thought it would be perfect to start the New Year off with this cute Arts & Crafts project made from recycled materials. All it takes to make this cute superhero accessory is one toilet paper tube, construction paper, glue and markers. I made mine first and showed up in costume to get the kids excited. After they got all of the giggles out of their system, I explained what they would be doing. They had to bring in their own toilet paper rolls to decorate, then come up with a super power, a name, a back story on how they got their power, and how they use their powers for good! Since I'm a Guidance Counsellor, I told them that I have the power to heal people from the inside out, my superhero name is Amethyst and I got my powers from the Amethyst stone, since it's my birthstone. 

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How to make Superhero cuffs using toilet rolls tubes

You will need –

  • Toilet rolls x 2
  • Coloured paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  1. Begin by covering your toilet rolls in your favourite coloured paper. You can have your child colour the toilet roll using coloured pencils too. 
  2. Decorate the toilet roll with your child's super hero logo/symbol in the appropriate colours. You could use glitter, feathers, pompoms….the possibilities are endless. 
  3. Once you allow the cuffs to dry, simply cut the toilet roll down the back and fit it over your child’s arm. 

My kids loved this activity and came up with some really creative ideas. I had so much fun planning for this. I was always dressing up as a kid so it felt great to do it for my job! Would you like this try this activity? If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

Easy Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Easy Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

The best part of Cinco de Mayo is how cheap it would be throw a themed party. You can't go wrong with tacos and burritos and margaritas are always a crowd pleaser. As I prepare for my own Cinco de Mayo party with friends, I've decided to share the ideas that are currently inspiring me. Throw a festive Cinco de Mayo party with these easy DIY entertaining ideas. 

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An Ode to Grandpa - How to Embrace the Middle

Hello Lovely,

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“Ahhh!” As I breathed in the clean, cool Grand Bahama air on a Sunday afternoon in September, I instantly began to feel more at ease.  During the days leading up to the funeral, we mourned the loss of my grandfather: a great man of joy, harsh truths and hard work.  Grandpa will have you welding in the rain, protective gear and all; anything to get the job done!

As I stared out of the rain-stained window, betwixt the coconut trees, I took a long, deep breath and exhaled.  Eyes closed, chest lifted and mind cleared in seconds.  Memories of my grandfather flashed in my mind; fading in and out.  When we laid him to rest the day before it was indeed a heartfelt loss.  His funeral was short and fitting, with a harmonious music and fond memories.

I found myself lost in thought; reflecting, rethinking and analyzing the steps that led me to this point in my life. Was I following my passion? Have I made my mark on the world? Am I presenting my best self? Will I be remembered for the kindness of my heart and the thoughtfulness of my actions?

A loss often puts life in perspective. When a family member has passed, we lose a piece of ourselves and no matter how minute that may be, sadness and possible detachment are felt.  At times this may cause people to feel gratitude, inspiration, the reality of life's shortness  or its fragility.

Although I felt the heaviness of his absence, it did encourage me to make my life momentous and to be remembered as my true self; to share myself in all facets, with the world.  It was a reminder that we are all on a journey in life, one that ultimately comes to an end. We may not be able to choose that ending or even our beginning, but we do have power over the middle. Unlike the other stages, the middle doesn’t offer the excitement of new beginnings or the joy we sometimes find in endings. The middle is full of reality checkpoints where we realise the journey we had envisioned is unlike the journey we’ve actually experienced. As I reflected, I learnt a few life lessons. Here's how to better understand the middle stage of your journey:

  • Be passionate NOW! - No matter how old or experienced you are, passion is instinctive in us and shines through when we act on what is natural to us.  If it's public speaking, carpentry, singing, writing, art, photography, cooking: just do it. Your life will thank you.

  • Losing a loved one doesn't mean letting go - It means you've suffered a loss and now have the memories to hold dear. This doesn’t signify your end nor does it mean your life should be on indefinite hold. It isn't easy, it takes time, you may feel detached from the world and it will be emotional; but remember that these are normal.  Healing is normal.

  • Be remembered for the true you and not who you're expected to be  - My grandfather was jovial, selective and made nor took any excuses when it came to working and providing. He was small in stature but strong and wise in character. He will be remembered for these things, but mostly for his heart.  He was kind and mentored those whom he saw potential in.  Through welding, he taught others and changed lives.

  • Life is Fragile - My grandfather was preparing for recovery and family members were preparing to provide as much comfort and assistance as possible.  We were hopeful.  As with life, no one knows tomorrow and we did not have a chance to spend more time with him.  Knowing this: be wise, live in today, make the decisions that leave your minds at ease.  Time moves silently and quickly, ensure that it doesn't leave you.

My grandfather had a strong character and was remembered quite fondly by his church family and those whose lives he had changed and inspired.  He left big footprints to follow and truly no one can walk in his shadow.  The best part is he wouldn't want any of his relatives in his shadow, but more so paving their own path and adding value to their lives and the lives of others along the way.

Mark 13:32-33New Living Translation (NLT)

32 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 33 And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!”

What life moment has had you rethink your perspective on life? What life lessons have you learnt lately? How will you take charge of your middle stage to find your happy ending?

XoX,
Mechelle

 

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Friday Favourites: Get in the Mood for Summer with these Free Phone Wallpapers

Hello Lovely,

Spring is in full bloom, but the weather is screaming summer! So I don’t know about you, but I think it’s about time for a couple of fun new summery wallpapers, don’t you think?!

Today is Labour Day so I have the day off. It’s so nice to relax, and these wallpapers with their pastel colours and bold prints are really inspiring me to get out and do something or make something colourful. I hope when you see these backgrounds, you get inspired as well. While these images are not mine, I had so much fun collecting them, and hope you enjoy using them!

You can download all ten of these gorgeous wallpapers here or right-click on each one you want to download. But let’s be honest, you know you want ‘em all!

Xox,

Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend - Vacation Edition

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