~ Getting down on the floor next to your dog and rhythmically
stroking her paw.
~ Walking up to your husband, wrapping your arms
around him and giving him a big ol' hug that lingers.
Or even stepping into your studio to work on a project. That's a huge stress reliever! I have just spent the better part of the morning finishing a swap that I had signed up for. It wasn't a difficult task. We had to put together 12-15 bits of ephemera for the recipient to use in their journals. A perfect swap for me to sign up for what with all the collecting, flea marketing, and antique shopping I've done.. I had plenty to share! Bundling up the various bits and pieces, I knew I wanted the packaging to be as equally important.
Brown paper bags that were printed with a contrasting chevron stripe or a solid one. Embellished with new lace dyed in coffee and enhanced with a bit of vintage netting. Contrasting thread sewn with either a straight stitch or zigzag, leaving long strands hanging down. I love that added touch of movement!
Fabric flowers glued in the centers of each bag....
and the project was completed! If so desired, it is able to be disassembled so that perhaps a bit of lace could become a design element. The bag could be cut apart, glued onto a journal page and words written within the lines. Imagine doing that with the chevron pattern! And the flower? Adhered to the cover where you could make it the focal point of an illustration, adding a pencil line drawing for the stem and leaves. Perhaps a bee buzzing nearby with ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz's swirling and cascading around. A simple swap that triggers an avalanche of ideas! And my reward for working on these? I have to say the tension is gone from my shoulders, my mind is relaxed and I feel tons better!
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