Monthly Archives: April 2012

Creative Playtime at Home

Apr 29, 2012 // by admin // Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, self-care // No Comments

So, it’s been a couple weeks since my last point, and honestly, this was the first time I’ve opened up my home computer in the last two weeks. I’ve been busy with creative playtime, family, friends, yoga and work. I have been enjoying creative playtime  lately though, mostly at home, with my “mini” art journal, as well as my knitting (that will be another post soon, since i’ve been learning some new techniques and started some fun new projects).

The mini art journal has truly been more approachable for me, with smaller pages to fill with my inspirations. This is a collection of some of my most recent completed pages.

 

 

The ability to fill less space has made it more attainable to sit down more regularly and fill these pages. I plan to fill up more soon, as I continue to strive to make time for creative play.

When was the last time you dove into your favorite creative activity and just let go? If it’s been a while, maybe it’s time to schedule some creative playtime of your own and let your creative self shine.

 

 

 

 

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Apr 16, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation, self-care // No Comments

my nearly finished iPod case - I still need to settle on the closure, it's a make-shift drawstring right now.

This last weekend was filled with lots of yoga and lots of creative play. On Saturday, I got together with Eve and Melissa again for our monthly knitting get together. It was a nice relaxing Saturday morning, catching up about life, and sharing about our new and old projects.

About a month ago, I got my new iPod, which no longer comes with any type of case or sleeve, so I made myself an iPod case. I used Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo in Providence Pink for this and free-formed the pattern. I used a size 6 9-inch circular needle, a little ribbing around the top, some stockinette stitch, and a playful basket weave pattern. It was a lot of fun to make and I’m loving using it.

the start of Melissa's cable knit coffee cup holder

Part of our get together this week was a mini-lesson in the cable knit stitch. Melissa brought the pattern for her cable knit cup holder and Eve gave a quick tutorial. And Melissa caught on really fast. See her work here, isn’t it awesome? I’ve decided i’m going to use cable knit in the next set of arm warmers that I make, I think that they will be lots of fun and it will provide a nice detail.

Then there was the piece de resistance – Eve finished the sweater she’s been working on for the last few months. When I first met Eve she was working on the back of the sweater.

the start of the back of the sweater

 

It was incredible to look at, because it includes such an intricate stitch pattern. The finished back looks amazing.

the completed sweater - view of the back

And the last time that we got together to knit, Eve was working on the second of the two front pieces, identifying where the buttons would go, diligently counting rows and lining up the left and right side panels.

the left side panel with button holes marked

Here’s the finished sweater from the front, the result of hours and hours of hard work, it’s a great piece for a variety of occasions and definitely one of a kind.

the finished sweater - view from the front

 

 

 

 

The detail and complexity of this pattern are mind-blowing to me. I don’t know that I’ll ever be making things like this, but I do truly appreciate the effort that goes into making them.

Julia's summer scarf - the first 12% or so (7.5 inches)

For this gathering, I played around with my friend Julia’s new summer scarf, finishing the first hank of yarn to see how many inches it would give me – 7.5 inches to be exact in about 6 or so hours. The scarf will end up being about 60 inches when it’s finished, so several more hanks of yarn to go and well, a lot more hours ahead, but it is simple to make and I think it’s looking great.

a closer look at the yarn and the pattern

I think this is going to be a fun project to work on in between wrapping up my other in-process projects over the next couple of months. It was a great Saturday at the coffee shop and before I left I got a vanilla soy latte and the barista exhibited his own brand of creative play too.

A little bit of latte art with a heart on the top of the foamed soy milk. It make me smile. I’m excited about my next afternoon of knitting creative play with the girls, but before then, there will definitely be more knitting on my own. Because I believe that just like yoga, creative play is good for body, mind, and soul.

When was your last afternoon of creative play? When will be the next?

Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Apr 11, 2012 // by admin // Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, knitting, self-care // 1 Comment

a sole tulip on my way to my afternoon of creative play

For the first time in 6 years, I spent Easter weekend away from my family. So I decided to fill my weekend with close friends, yoga, and creative play.  On Good Friday, I met up with my friend Valerie at Teaism for some creative play.

workspace for the afternoon of creative play with Valerie at Teaism

I went to a lunchtime yoga class after meeting with my yoga mentor and then headed to Teaism for lunch and some creative play. On the way, I saw this sole tulip and couldn’t resist capturing it. Then after enjoying some lunch, we took our iced teas and sweets to find a table to settle in at for a couple hours.

feeling inspired by the old window at Teaism

We spent our time talking and working on our creative endeavors. Valerie spent her time pulling images and putting them in her new “mini” art journal. I spent my time working on a summer scarf for our friend Julia.

Julia's summer scarf (the first 4 inches - 56 more to be completed)

It was a lovely afternoon out and about in DC. And it inspired me to do some art journaling when I came home, but only after I acquired my own “mini” art journal.

my "mini" art journal

 

After some more yoga on Friday night, I spent the better part of my evening, creating pages filled with inspirations that I’d been collecting for a while. For the first time in a while, I felt how the inspirations worked together.

the blank pages - not really blank, some lines and design make a great "blank" starting point

 

a collection of tea info and pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

inspiring images of happiness

inspiring images of healthy eating and nutrition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was great to feel the inspirations coming together. It happened when I least expected it. I’ve got more creative playtime coming up this weekend, as I enjoy some knitting time with the girls again. I’m looking forward to picking up one of my older projects and getting closer to finishing it. I love finding time for creativity.

When was your last afternoon of creative play? How do you make time for creativity?

Fun in Frederick!

Apr 10, 2012 // by admin // Blog, meditation, Yoga // No Comments

It seems like forever since I last posted. Life has been extremely busy lately, but this past weekend, I got a chance to take break and get away for the day – a mini-retreat. On Saturday, I made the trip up to Frederick, MD to meet up with a fellow yoga teacher – Thais – who I’ve been tweeting with. After months (literally) of trying to schedule, we were finally able to find a day that would work.

I met up with Thais at her yoga studio, Sol Yoga, we grabbed some tea at a local coffee house, and then walked around Frederick chatting about… well… yoga (and a bit about photography). I took some pictures as we were walking around the park. It was so pretty. Thais grew up in Frederick, so she was giving me the tour of her hometown.

When we got to the lake, we stopped and took some yoga pictures. It was such the perfect location that I had to have a picture or two in a yoga pose. It was fun being photographer and model – a little bit of creative play.

Thais in Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

me in one of my favorite poses

 

 

 

Thais meditating under the cherry blossom

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cherry blossoms were just beginning to peak in Frederick, so I took advantage and captured some of them.

It was a nice walk and mini-”photo shoot” before we headed back to Sol Yoga to Spiritually Fly with Faith Hunter. This was the second class I’ve ever taken with Faith. The first was back in 2010 at Yoga on the Mall.

The workshop was great. It was exactly what I needed from my yoga practice that afternoon. It started with a dharma talk, followed by a little chanting, an invigorating flow (even got to practice my handstand), and a closing meditation before savasana. After the workshop closed, there was a lovely meet and greet with Faith – she was so approachable and easy to talk to. And everyone at Sol was so welcoming. I even got to stay for the teacher sangha afterwards. The energy was so great.

me & Faith

It was such a great day. I am so happy that I ventured out of the city. I had such a great day and found another place and people that I want to visit again soon. I’m also looking forward to “Spiritually Fly”ing again, which I plan to do in the upcoming weeks.

me, Faith, & Thais

 

 

 

me & Thais

This past Saturday was like a mini-retreat – such a great time, with great people, and all inspired by a yoga connection. I can’t wait to do it again (and the next time, hopefully without my allergies acting up).