Slowing Down Time with Crafts

in the joy of doing

in the joy of doing

In a world of texting, emailing, and ‘elf yourself’ video cards sent around for Christmas, it is so amazingly soothing to go back to basic crafts and to spend hours cutting, coloring, gluing and handwriting Christmas cards for loved ones. I suspect that as we speed into the future, taking the time to be invested in hand-made craft projects will be a thing of the past, when most things as we know them would be mass-produced and the charm of uniqueness lost forever. The last two days, we took the time, we played Christmas songs, created cards, ate cookies and had lovely long conversations. Another memory for the treasure box.

Day Sixty Nine, April 1, 2011

Spring in Shanghai markets

Every Spring around this time, we have a wonderful time shopping in the busy Shanghai markets for Easter decorations and materials for making crafts. It has become a tradition over the last 5 years we spent in Shanghai, and we start getting into the spirit of fun bright colors weeks in advance. This year we have in the plans: an Easter tree, a wacky egg hunt in the gardens, egg coloring sessions, making little chickens,…you get the idea 🙂

But the markets here are such a treasure chest of color and ideas, like my favorite one near Yuyuan with endless tight corridors of booths filled with every craft lover’s dream materials. I usually take a friend with me like Sabrina to hold me back!

Happy Spring!!!

Pink butterfly

Day Thirty Five, February 26, 2011

It's just one little solar system in a huge huge universe

Lately, Lea, my daughter, seems to be stuck inside her contemplations of “what is beyond the beyond”. She asks, wonders, contemplates, reads, thinks, questions and is in awe of the biggest question that baffles us all.

Today, our family day, we decided to make a little solar system. It was a fantastic process for us to see and visualize the world we live in, zoom out , imagine, ponder and come to the conclusion that we are living in a tiny spec of the huge awesome universe. It expands the mind and it is so wonderful to share it with a curious bright six year old!