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
of wonder in
And they know
capture the magic.
People often ask
Authors and artists
Where do you get your ideas?
Authors and artists
Notice and note.
Hide and seek.
Capture your day.
of it all.
Ring Around the Wonder
Who? What? Where?
When? Why? How?
What could I make
with my wonder rings?
a little list
Sew many memories
Connect for me.
Connect for you.
Made for me.
Made for you.
How do you collect ideas? Can you find things when you need them?
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.
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…
Where did idea for Wonder by R.J. Palacio come from? (ABCnews interview)
How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To 'Wonder' (NPR interview)
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!