I am so glad you have popped in today.
Especially this Wednesday.
Because today we change what we do here
every Wednesday going forward.
Remember last week, I talked about Mindfulness?
If you didn’t catch it, the title is
MIDWEEK MOVEMENT (teehee…)
Or should I say Tea-hee?
Get the kettle on….
What is Mindfulness?
In short, it is the art of staying focussed in the moment,
in the Here and Now.
In other words, being mindful of what we are doing,
of concentrating on what we are doing
and actually experiencing what we are doing,
rather than just going through the motions.
That’s why colouring in for adults is currently so popular;
while we are focussed on the colouring in and the detail of an image, the mind is taking a little break from all the other things we usually fret about, worry about, obsess about.
We ARE publishing a series of colouring books.
When? Very, very soon….
What are they like? They are top spec beeyoutifful!
So I got to thinking.
How about we – you and I – teach ourselves to be mindful,
but not just when we’re crafting?
I do so many, many things every day, almost robotically.
And I am certain you do, too.
It begins as soon as I open my eyes with the first cup of tea.
The kettle boils, the water gets poured on the teabag in the mug, teabag stirred around until it’s the right brown,
sling it, add milk, glug brew.
This process is repeated many times during the course of the day,
usually whilst on the phone.
It is a completely mechanical activity;
my mind is NEVER on making the tea!
Even if you aren’t a tea-drinker, you will understand.
Just take a moment to think of an action you do in auto-pilot.
I have a plan, a very simple way for us all to get
in the Mindful Groove.
Every Wednesday, I would like to take a closer look at
something which most of us do daily, but without thinking about it.
That thing, whatever it may be, can then be the subject of the week’s mindfulness lesson.
Then we will convert that topic into a crafty session!
It’s the law !!!
By taking something as simple as making a cup of tea,
and concentrating on the very act, the process,
we create an awareness of what we are doing.
And that, my friends, is Mindfulness.
In an attempt to curb the auto-pilot habit,
I even went one step further,
and created a little tea-making and drinking ritual.
Step 1. Find a teapot which gives you pleasure.
We have a cast iron one we bought in France last year…
Step 2. Camomile tea methinks. Calming properties…
No bags. Loose leaf.
Step 3. Boil the kettle and pour on the water.
Sit with the pot while the tea brews.
Step 4. Light a candle, pour the tea, sip it, savour it.
Step 5. Sit by a window and enjoy the taste of the tea.
Let’s take time to do this.
Let’s do this at some point every day,
and see if it helps calm the mind…
Now comes the Crafty Part of our new Wednesday blog.
This Wednesday we are offering you
a FREE Clarity Colouring download.
Melanie drew a beautiful teapot for us to colour in.
It is spectacular.
Scale it up to whatever size is comfortable for you,
print it onto decent quality paper or card,
and enjoy colouring it in.
Can I make some suggestions about the colouring in?
What to use?
I love using my colouring pencils.
I will use my Spectrum Noir Pencils,
but use whatever you like!
Do a section at a time. Perhaps the lid first.
Then the spout. Then the houses, and so on.
Don’t do it all in one sitting and rush it.
Take it slowly.
If the lid takes all evening, that’s fine.
Tomorrow you can do the next part.
Remember, this is not about churning out a coloured tea pot;
this is about creating an awareness of the process.
Hold the pencil, feel it in your hand.
Notice how the colour appears
depending on the pressure you apply.
Slowly, gradually, build the picture, and fill it with colour.
In the next weeks, I will do You Tubes which get into colouring in in more depth.
I would love it if you emailed me a photo of your work,
which we can then upload to our new
Please send to:
If it takes a week, fine. If it take a month, that’s fine, too.
This will be a gradual process.
It works, it really does.