inJoy Friday: Make it Fun

Curiosity is a tiny tap on the shoulder — a little whisper in the ear that says, ‘Hey, that’s kind of interesting…
— Elizabeth Gilbert
When something strikes a spark of interest, follow it.
— Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I treasure summer. My days are wide open spaces.

I’ve spent most of my life being a student or a teacher. I’m hard-wired for three months of exploration and long-range planning. Despite the fact that I now work at home year round, nothing has changed.

June and July were filled with online classes, new technique practice, product design, blog post planning, and of course project making. August is just around the corner and my new year officially starts in September.

That means that for now, I’m still taking my time, reminding myself to simply make it fun. I’m trying to…

  • Tune out my adult-with-responsibilities voice — stressing about deadlines.

  • Tune in to my kid-who-loves-to-color voice — imagining stories with dandelion dragons.

Even though you may only see snippets of what’s sparking my attention, I hope today’s post inspires you to connect with your inner-kid and follow whatever ignites your wonder.

Sparks of wonder…

Kids and artists

See sparks

of wonder in

Dandelion wishes.

And they know

how to

capture the magic.

Stories arrive like pieces of driftwood washed up on shore at high tide. I wish I knew how to find a piece of driftwood on every walk, but I don’t. So I walk beside the ocean often-and I collect images nearly every day.
— Debra Frasier
Morning sketches. Notice and note. Listen and list. It’s the little things…

Morning sketches. Notice and note. Listen and list. It’s the little things…

Where do writers get their ideas? Everywhere. But the actual magic lies in making one idea real.
— Cheryl Klein

Play Lists

People often ask

Authors and artists

Where do you get your ideas?

Authors and artists

Often answer


Tune in.

Notice and note.

Make. Believe.

Hide and seek.

Capture your day.

I spy…a bird, a song, a dream, a joy.

I spy…a bird, a song, a dream, a joy.

Play Time…


I spy…


I hear…


the wonder

of it all.

Let’s play…


You’re it.

Ring Around the Wonder

I’m wondering…

Who? What? Where?

I’m wondering…

When? Why? How?


What could I make

with my wonder rings?


a little list


Wonder when and where and how you’re gonna make it (Make it)
You know you can, if you get the chance...
Waiting (Waiting), we live and we learn to take

One step at a time
There’s no need to rush (No need to rush)
It’s like learning to fly
Or falling in love (Just falling in love)

It’s gonna happen when it’s (It’s gonna happen)
Supposed to happen
That we find the reasons why
One step at a time
— Jordin Sparks, One Step at a Time

Connect for

Sew many memories

Connect for me.

Connect for you.

Little scraps,

Stitched dreams.

Made for me.

Made for you.

Little sparks

Connect for


Bring more love to the table.

Bring more love to the table.

Finders. Keepers.

How do you collect ideas? Can you find things when you need them?

  1. In My Studio

    I have stacks of notebooks, sketchbooks, post-it notes, and files filled with words, photos, quotes, lyrics, mentor text excerpts, questions, and more. I’m always looking for creative ways to organize, manage, and display all my idea keepers. I think of my studio as a sunny playground filled with my favorite toys.

  2. Digital Collections

    I started digital collecting on Pinterest. It’s still a favorite place to hunt for something interesting, but now I rely more on my Trello boards. I think of them as my virtual office supply room.

    The boards are like file cabinets you’ll never have to dust. For each board, you make list folders. In the folders, you add cards where you can collect words, sentences, articles, attachments, video clips, photos, links, and more.

    You can set up private boards for personal use and collaborative boards to manage team projects. Jean and I share brainstormed ideas on our Sunporch Studio Trello board.

    It’s easy to learn and fun to use. The basic level is free. Upgrades with more bells and whistles are available. For now, I’m enjoying the basics. Here’s a peek at one of my boards:

Wonder…because it matters.

Wonder…because it leads to

Making that matters…

Today’s wonder makers on my craft table…

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I’m making Wonder Rings with tag dies, watercolor paper and paints, distress inks and blending brushes, and stencils. As I cut, paint, and write, I’ll be envisioning mug mat possibilities sparked by dandelion wishes.

I hope you’re inspired to create some wonder today, too. Happy Friday!

‘Cause there’s a spark in you

You just gotta
Ignite the light
And let it shine
— Katy Perry, Firework
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