{Enchanted} 16 August 2011

Hello Lovely Adventurer,

How have you been?  I’ve spent the past week and a bit hibernating with my littlies, taking time to recuperate from our latest round of winter ills.  I am slowly learning that with three kiddos every cough, cold (and my worst nightmare – tummy bug!) lasts twice as long as it cycles its way through the entire family.  Sigh.  So we are being gently with ourselves, expecting less and taking things more slowly.  It is quite liberating to embrace this new pace…  Although I am always hungry to GET. MORE. DONE. I know that my little ones will only be little for such a short time and I need to embrace this moment more.

So, while I have been embracing this gentler pace, I thought I’d share with you a few small links about one of the subjects that has been mulling around in my head:


I love explorations of creativity… ideas that inspire my creativity; how other people use their creative moments, and how to look past my own creative doubts.

To begin with, here is a great  TED talk I have watched several times by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) in which she talks about nurturing creativity and the genius in all of us.  (If you search the TED archives there are a huge number of TED talks on creativity… another of my favourites is this one by Ken Robinson)


Yesterday, my favourite lovely stationery maker of all time… Poppies for Grace, posted this thought-provoking blog post.  Amongst more than a couple of lovely quotes, was this message which resonated with me:

whatever you make, whatever you put your hands to, know that you will make a few ugly things.. but don’t stop. Good days & bad days. Imagine if the daisy repulsed God & he stopped making. Imagine if creating blue was enough…. no we need the full garden. the full amount of joy.  (source)

Lovely, no?! … And so true.  Just keep making and creating.

And finally…

Creativity building community

I have been following a lovely little blog named The Beehive Craft Collective for a few months now.  In their own words, they are ‘a craft and urban homesteading collective, bound together by a common thread of making things by hand.’

Their latest blog post discusses a few of the last-minute touches they are making to their inaugural ‘Summer Fair‘.  Ah, swoon… it’s just too delicious!  I look to this group of lovely ladies as an inspiration… I would love to form my own Crafty Collective one of these days… it’s already on my list.

In the meantime it is wonderful to read all about how this group of women spend their time, crafting, exercising their creativity and learning new skills, while making memories and sharing moments with dear friends.

It has been a little while, I’d love for you to let me know what’s had you enchanted over the last week or two, and what you are looking forward to in the weeks to come.  Also, since I’ve been talking about creativity today, tell me, do you consider yourself a creative soul?  Are there certain things you like to do to stretch those creative bones?  Let me know in the comments section below, or, if you prefer, send me an email hana {at} ahappyadventure {dot} com.  I love Love LOVE little notes in my inbox! Wishing you the loveliest of weeks.

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2 Responses to “{Enchanted} 16 August 2011”

  1. August 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm, Stephanie said:

    Everything that I see or do inspires some kind of craft or another for me. Having a photographic eye, I look at everything in a “that would be a great shot” kind of way. My kids make me want to paint, glue and sew. My baby makes me want to crochet and knit sweaters. My 7 year old loves to embroider. My husband inspires me to cook and bake- ha! A way to a mans heart is through his stomach no? I am charged with making a home. And that requires a lot if inspiration (and perspiration!) And ever since I’ve discovered the videos from Tiger in a Jar, I feel inspired to learn how to make little video recipes. Life is inspiring and when you do things by hand, it’s hard to take anything for granted. xo get well!


    • August 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm, Hana said:

      Hi Stephanie – I love that your creative juices have you heading in so many different directions. I too find inspiration from so many different places – sometimes I can barely start a project as I have so many things I WANT to do, I feel overwhelmed! Those Tiger in a Jar videos are gorgeous – and I love that one you posted on your blog with the pork chops – I’ve definitely added that to my list of creative projects I want to try! H xo


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