It’s been a while since I’ve given this blog a proper update, so I thought I would carve some time out this Thanksgiving holiday and start anew. You’ve probably noticed that Free Vintage Fridays have stopped rather abruptly. I always meant to use this space as a blog, in its truest sense. And as with all things I do or try to do in this creative space, I want to remain authentic and if I’m honest, this area does not feel very much like me. Starting today, I am going to begin using it as I originally planned — as an online record of my creative life, posting updates and free templates and images as I wish, with no deadlines and no expectations.
So, what have I been up to? I am currently at the very end of my autumn journal. Autumn, this year, has really served as a time of reawakening for me. New challenges and opportunities have come my way. And I feel so incredibly aligned with my environment. Even though life has sped up compared to last year at this time, I do feel like I am still taking each moment as it comes and not speeding through to tackle the next thing. Continuing my journal practice has really helped me with this process.
I made my autumn journal as the first project on the Graphics Fairy Design Team. I used both their printables and mine throughout these past two months and it has been a copasetic experience. The journal is completely packed with stuff, so much that it’s become slightly cumbersome to work on the right side, but I have one more entry to document Thanksgiving and it will be complete. Have I mentioned how much I love this journal? And because I love this journal so much, it was very hard to make a December journal!
When I sat down to make my December journal, I knew I wanted it to depict the essence of December, but when I tried pinpointing what that specifically looked like, I found myself at a loss. I realized I never really thought about December without thinking concurrently about the holidays. Removing them left December just sort of sitting there, looking at me. And I was perplexed. It dawned on me that poor December had the very hard job of bridging the gap between November and January—November, with all its autumnal glory and January with its fresh snow, stark tree limbs, and complete and utter quietness.
What did that bridge look like, I wondered? Once I came up with an aesthetic that mentally pleased me, it proved very hard to translate it into a journal. But, through trial and error, I managed to create a journal I think will be perfect for the month. Because this is my second Graphics Fairy Design Team project, the video flip-thru of this journal will be on the Graphics Fairy YouTube channel on December 1, 2021. I will begin working in it on my YouTube channel next Sunday, December 5, 2021. Here’s a teeny-weeny sneak peak, if you’re interested:
I have some new digital items in my Etsy store—Thanksgiving Day, Father Christmas, and Holiday Greetings Vintage Digital Collections, as well as a new Vintage Story Collection from 1915, Fate of the Christmas Pie. I have already started using Thanksgiving Day and will continue this Sunday in my YouTube channel. And I have some ideas brewing about the Holiday Greetings! I also have a fun new workshop called Cozy Cottages, where I show you how to make little houses out of fabric and paper.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, all of the digital items in my Etsy store with be 25% off and the physical items will be 15% off from today, Thursday, November 25, 2021 through Sunday, November 28, 2021. I am so thankful for everyone who has bought something from me this past year! It’s so heartwarming to see such support and growth of my little business.
My YouTube channel has naturally morphed into more of a one-video-a-week channel with the occasional Wednesday and Friday video thrown in. I post a video every Sunday at 7:00 am CST where I am working in my journal, creating and using templates, and experimenting with videography and different video formats. Trimming to one video per week has really allowed me to explore more video format options, which is something I really find very enjoyable.
Throughout this YouTube and Instagram process, I’ve discovered there are so many ways to be creative in life – you don’t have to pick just one. Creativity has managed to find its way into almost all facets of my life these days and for that, I am truly grateful.
I recently came across this quote from Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, scholar, and religious figure and it really summed up my feelings today:
“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”
Till next time,