Summer vacation has been utterly relaxing and free of "work", but I've still wanted to remain intentional about taking the time to create art.
One of my projects was to help a dear friend make the table name cards for her wedding. Besides a mishap or two with misspelling a last name, this was a totally fun and therapeutic project! The cards were all handmade before I received them and I was astounded at how beautifully and simply designed they were. The cards ended up being pinned on an antique door with lights at the entrance of the wedding reception.
Another project happened very spur of the moment and I felt like a real-life intuitive artist. My mom and dad, along with my sister Sophia and I, took a day trip to Pentwater. Although we were packed for a leisurely beach day, it ended up being very windy and chilly. We decided to take a walk along the water anyway, and I'm so glad we did, because I snapped a photo of my parents walking hand in hand. They are famous for despising photos of themselves, so it was fun to give them a photo of themselves that they actually enjoyed having. I included the quote on the photo, and even though I've heard the words a thousand times, seeing them beside my parents' image moved me in a really powerful way. Love bears all things holds profound meaning for their twenty-five year marriage and it was, I think, I beautiful reminder to them and myself of what that love has meant for them.
The last project I did was for my mom's birthday. She has a newfound devotion to Mother Teresa and is constantly sharing her writings and memoirs. I am kind of obsessed with simple watercolors and quotes at the moment. I rarely have the patience to paint a clear and detailed portrait, so this was something that I could finish in a few short hours but still enjoy.
Tolstoy says that "Art lifts man from his personal life into the universal life", and i think that's true for even simple and easy crafts.
So keep on crafting, friends!