Traditionally, I do a bit of baking for a few relatives, friends, & neighbors. The added challenge this year? A newborn & very little sleep! However, I really do enjoy it, so I made time…& carried the baby in his Bjorn carrier while I rolled dough & sprinkled sprinkles!
Creative recovery project: Holiday Baking
On the menu:
-Shortbread Kiss Cookies
-Sugar Cookies with Red Sugar Sprinkles
Happy holidays & merry moments of creativity 😉
I’m home now a week from the hospital, adjusting to a new life with a child. I won’t lie and say all is bliss or some miracle mother’s intuition kicks in & I suddenly have all the answers. No, but the mess is lovely & organic & challenges me to live one step at a time, one day at a time, to listen to my body & my baby, to treasure the joys & patiently wade through the difficulties. I strive toward kindness toward myself, my baby, my husband, my dog. While rest eludes me in this stage, I find strength in the Higher Power of my understanding & in taking a moment to breathe, pause, smile, & recall all I have to be grateful for & how far I’ve come already.
This week’s creative project: Capturing the moment
I have completed my creative recovery goal, posting a creative project each week for a year. As this chapter closes, & a new one opens, I look back over a year of the fulfillment of creating with my hands and finding encouragement all along the way. Though my posts will be less frequent this coming year, I look forward to continuing to share my creative journey of recovery with you.
This week’s creative miracle: Asher
Lots of fun & excitement gearing up for my baby’s arrival in a week. So, naturally, I wanted to take advantage of my round belly on the closest holiday to his birth–Halloween! I typically don’t have occasion to dress up & celebrate this holiday, but good friends in recovery invited us to a party, so my husband & I decided to attend & the pregnancy costume ideas began stewing!
Easy as pie, I used a paper plate, craft paint, & raffia to create my Wilson volleyball. I used elastic craft line to tie him comfortably around my stomach. My husband was a team player & accompanied me as Tom Hanks’ character. It was a fun way to celebrate recovery with friends, creativity in costume, & silly excitement for my pregnancy figure (that isn’t always something I can enjoy or take or take pride in).
Hope you all had a happy & safe Halloween!
Making gifts for others throughout this year in “creative recovery” has been one of the greatest joys of this endeavor. Recently, a number of my dearest friends blessed me with 2 baby showers to celebrate my son, who is a true gift of my recovery. Without God, my program of recovery, & the loving, safe support of these incredible friends, I’m confident this pregnancy could not have taken place.
To attempt to thank them & express my deep gratitude, I created for them some special & personalized gifts.
This week’s creative project: Wooden Quotation Boxes
I purchased unpainted wooden shadow boxes. After painting them, I gathered twigs to fit each one, printed meaningful quotations on canvas, & added hangers to each box. Using hot glue and small copper tacks, I affixed the twigs & quotations in each box.
For my friends who received these, I hope you know even a fraction of what you mean to me & how deeply you’ve blessed me and little Asher 🙂
In the midst of family illness, pregnancy complications, and general emotional strain, I am finding I have MUCH to be grateful for these days. In this deep place of gratitude, I was finding a need to express my thanks to many.
This week’s creative project: Ink Stamp Thank-You Cards
A simple project to be sure, I purchased some blank stationary at Michael’s (on sale, yay!), a fun stamp, and an ink pad.
First, I tested the ink & stamp. With full coverage, I set to stamping a handful of blank cards with a fun, typewriter stamp. When dry, I added a simple, handwritten “Thanks!” to each one.
Done & done 🙂
This week’s creative project: Baby Greeting Card
I recently picked up some blank card stock & envelopes from Michaels. I then gathered up other fun supplies from my craft shelves: floral paper, twine, colored pencils, mini clothespins (aren’t these just too cute!).
I trimmed out a tiny onesie from the floral paper, strung the twine through as a clothesline, then pinned the onesie in place using the wooden pins. Super easy & now I can add a unique touch to my sister’s gifts 🙂