Have you been doing a little more spring cleaning than 'normal' this year? Cleaning and purging are making us feel better in this moment. It's something we have control over. It has an immediate benefit in reducing our stress and anxiety. Much has been written about this, but I found this website this morning and think it is rather clever if you can get past the name.
My message today: As you clean and purge, consider transforming those discarded (and found) items into inputs for some great pastimes.
I did the curation for you. Here are my top 6 picks for making old new again.
#1. Make your own t-shirt yarn and then knit and crochet all kinds of things out of it. (Photo/maker credit: Sustain My Craft Habit)
#2. Paint a mandala stone! (Photo/maker credit: Lydia Mae YouTube channel)
#3. Make natural dyes for ... Paper! Yarn! Fabric! (Photo/maker credit: Pop Sugar)
#4. Melt all those little crayon bits into something new. (Photo/maker credit: Martha Stewart)
#5. Make your own soap! (Photo/maker credit: Getty Images/The Spruce Crafts)
#6. Make a rag rug with old fabric scraps! (Photo/maker credit: Master Sergeich YouTube channel)
Ply Studio Update
Construction on the Ply Studio space continues, despite major slowdowns (obviously). The drywall is up and in the final stages of completion. Next comes paint and finishing work. And then the fun begins! Furnishings! Moving my LOADS of fibre and equipment into the space! And creating a place that you will want to visit - when it's safe to do so.
I've been thinking a lot about how I show up for you and all those that were looking forward to taking a creative workshop in the near future. Though my timelines have lengthened, it is still my plan to open an arts studio in the near-ish future. This pandemic won't last forever but it IS making me think about a lot of ways to safeguard my business and even my own creative time in the event of future disruption. Luckily, I have long been an advocate of online learning, especially for the purposes of bringing opportunity to those that otherwise wouldn't have the option to learn in person. Right now, that's all of us. So, I'm working on the what, how, and when of my digital experiences (in combination with in-person workshops - not to fully replace these) and I will have more to share with you in the near future. Until then, hang in there and know that I'm here for you.
Stay well. Stay creative.
- Carmen xo