We interrupt your regularly scheduled Wellness Wednesday to bring you:
Yes, you read that correctly: 14 days of love from me to you! I know people have some pretty strong feelings about this holiday. I do too. And that feeling is: just have fun with it. Does it matter where you are in a relationship or if you are between relationships? Does it matter if it's the excuse so many companies use to sell candy hearts and teddy bears? No! Just enjoy the moment and look for chances to spread love and happiness around. We could all use more of those things.
So what do you get out of all this? Check back every single day because I will have a new post waiting for you. Some of the posts have gifts for you, some have gifts you can give others, and some are just there. Let's get this started!
A year of Christmas? What the hell?! That's not wellness! Au contraire, my friend! Taking a day or two every month to prepare just a little bit for my favorite holiday that falls during one of the busiest, stressful times of the year means that when I get to that particular time, I will be able to actually enjoy it and not feel like a failure for all the things I haven't done! Taking steps to reduce my stress? Sounds like one of the best steps I've taken for my wellness yet! Now that we've gotten that out of the way....
A few years ago, having been inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a reluctance to deal with the stress and disorganization I'd dealt with in previous years, I issued myself a challenge. To refresh your memory, you can read the original post here (and see some truly eye searing graphic work). If you wish to be spared, here's a basic summary:
I'll be honest, I don't know what spurred me on to suddenly be obsessed with the idea of making fortune cookies out of felt. Something must have made me think this was a good idea. Thankfully, I'm not wrong. These are adorable and, almost more importantly, easy. And they are so simple to customize that you will never run out of reasons to whip some up!
If I sat down and defined last year's personal craft trend for myself, I would easily have said "Garlands!" I made so many garlands! I loved them! I was obsessed with them! I made them in every size!
While my love for them hasn't died, I do feel a new craft trend coming on for this year. Tags. Ok, can you really call it a trend when I can only link back to one tag project (for this year, at any rate. I did make these cuties last year)? I think it's safe to say yes because I already love them and I already want to make more and my mind is already full of other ideas!
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's talk about these!
On top of all the other resolutions, I thought it would be a good idea to throw in one more approach to 2017. I've noticed a trend of people picking their word of the year. It would be the thought that gets them centered, keeps them focused, gives them the motivation when they just aren't feeling ready to face the tasks of the day. I ignored this idea for quite a while. I told myself I didn't need one more thing to keep track of, but I also felt that I would not be able to select a word that would be powerful enough to do me any good. After all, it's a lot of pressure to put on one verbal talisman: keep my life in check and on track for a year, through every time I'm flagging, every time I'm stressed, every time I'm lost. Is there one word that would do all that for me?
Ever since the Victorian Slide Bracelet of Tragedy, many of those buttons have been sitting in a small pouch, taunting and tempting me. I've definitely wanted to use them for something, but I wasn't quite sure what until I was noodling around yet again with the idea of making a stationery box. I'd always known that in addition to an assortment of cards, envelopes, and paper, I would want gift tags to also be available. I'd already found a tag template in my stash that I felt would be perfect, but I wasn't sure what I actually wanted them to look like. Until Melvin the Magpie whispered, "Shiny. You want them to be shiny."