When I was younger I got a lot of shit for being an introvert. You can’t change the world with your mouth closed. I’m discussing this specifically in relation to creativity and balance, but I was set back in a lot of other ways, too.

I’m long-long over that now but it’s something to think about.

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I half-filled this journal all in one day, all in just a few hours. It’s that kind of motion that drives me to put down my thoughts.

I never felt like I fit in, I know this is common. I think when you’re younger you expect that some day you’ll figure that out.

What I’ve found to be true is that I don’t fit into the box that says I fit in, and I don’t fit into the box that says I don’t fit in. I don’t fit in anywhere, and because of that, I fit in everywhere. This is something I realized years ago and it changed everything.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

This project may require you to plan ahead and create for more than just one weekend, depending on how many wishes you’re dealing with. I collected 100 wishes from my friend Mary so I had quite a lot of folding to get through. This gift is simple, fun, and colorful!

  • Paper, various colors (or just yellow). Preferably not cardstock.
  • Scissors, pen
  • Mason jar or other container

I didn’t make my strips the right size so my stars were much more difficult to fold than they needed to be. I had already cut 100 of them so I decided to just roll with it. I recommend playing with sizes before you cut all your paper! Once you have all your strips prepared, write down the wishes!

read the rest

This year I was finally able to catch The Creative Exchange, hosted by Dunne With Style. I’d seen photos and posts about it for so long that I was happy to be able to participate this time around!

Sent

My partner was a little hard to figure out: she didn’t have a lot of her creativity on her Instagram, but she did have a ton of pictures of her, her husband, and her daughter in Converse All-Stars, so of course I jumped off that theme for inspiration.






Luckily, she really loved it! Photos from her Instagram:



Received

I was totally impressed and inspired by the package I received from Risa.

She wrapped the gifts in tissue paper and taped them with washi — this is my favorite thing to do (and to receive) because washi doesn’t tear the paper when you peel it off. Not only do you get a bunch of creative gifts, but you also get some tissue paper & packaging supplies!

I love that the packing mess color coordinated with the rest of the gift wrap. Now onto what was inside! She said that she wasn’t sure what to get me and struggled to find good gifts, but you wouldn’t be able to tell. There was nothing in there I didn’t totally love.

Such a fun exchange both for creating and receiving. I’m glad I took part! Check out Dunne With Style for updates on when this will be happening again in the future. Oh, and check out Risa’s shop The Wayward Fawn for inspiring gifts!

Hey there Busy Weekenders, it’s Mary here again, but this will be the last time I’m posting about my Peacock Vows on Michelle’s blog this year. Next month we’ll do a final check in, but it will be on our own blogs. I’ve really enjoyed posting here every month about my goal of expanding my business, and I hope you haven’t minded me too much. ;)

Over the past month, one of my main accomplishments in relation to my blog and business has been posting new products in my shop for people to purchase. The original subscriptions, books, and garlandsĀ are still there, but I’ve added pins, pencils, letter openers, postcards, and award ribbons.

Something really reassuring to my business was seeing my blog listed in the same category as two of my personal idols, Veronica Varlow and Gala Darling. That made me feel incredible. I’m doing something right.

I’ve also made an effort to be a little more transparent and real with my readers. I’m meeting them in real life and writing posts like this to get my point across. I’ve also helped out some photographers that can be future contacts.

Don’t forget that there are still a few days left to join Michelle + my giveaway in honor of the Peacock Brigade. Remember that all who enter win something, even if it’s not the grand prize!

Be sure to hop over to my blog to see how Michelle’s been doing with sending her mail! Have a great rest of your November.

Lately I’ve been really frustrated with the idea that “growing up” or “getting old” is bad, like those concepts require you to leave behind your youthful ideals, or to just stop all together. A movement isn’t a movement once it stops moving. That’s not what “getting old” or “growing up” means. You can still change the world. In fact, you can probably do it more effectively than you could in your youth, now that you have more experience and understand yourself and the world better.

I filled half a journal with impressions of these sorts of thoughts.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

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