The end of this post is actually crafting related so skip to that if you want :) . But first, I took a walk today, through a 90-acre park that we have in Spokane, called Manito Park. There are so many areas to explore, but today my walk got to include a friend who is new to the area. I got to see the park through the eyes of someone who had never seen it before. . .and point out parts that were worth noting and see things that even I had never really noticed before. Here are a few highlights.
I enjoyed the colors, and the peaceful Japanese gardens. The Koi swimming in the pond. The fluttering and colorful Japanese Maple Trees. And the nice stroll through the blooming gardens.
We ended up sitting down to eat a picnic and a visitor came and claimed a PBJ sandwich we had on the table. The little stinker!!!!
And as we started to return to the car, I saw something that totally tied in to the walk from yesterday. Something I had probably walked by many times. But I really saw it for the first time today. And again, I was reminded of the people that I am learning about and having a chance to connect with this summer.
But today's walk also ties in to the next part of our camp experience - through different eyes. We are to spend 30 minutes today walking around our house and establishing a spot that will be our crafting spot home base for the summer. It needs light and wall space for hanging camp related things and a flat surface and a place to store things that will be out of the reach of prying hands (and we have a few of those around here.) I have spent the afternoon walking (around my house) and looking at my house, not as I normally do, but as someone with the job of seeing a space through different eyes - searching for a place that will serve a different purpose. I have a couple of ideas of where I want this spot to be. . .and what I would change about each spot if it were to become my home base for camp. . .and what would make each spot a good one. Time will tell which emerges as the winner. . .but how about you? If you were to dedicate a small (or large) space in your house to be your home base for your creative side, what would that look like? What would that involve for you? Would you need to clean out a big walk in closet or simply clear a bit of space in the corner of the living room or the abandoned desk in the basement? Would it have a comfy rocker, or an office chair? What things would you like around you? Do you need a place for your computer and printer nearby? Or a window or a brighter light? Would you prefer it be away from it all or in the middle of everything, but your own space set aside especially for you? How would you differentiate it from what's around? Or would you not and would you prefer it to somehow flow from your regular life to your crafting life in a very Zen like fashion? These are all things I considered today as I wandered around my house considering my potential camp sites. I will attempt to snap some photos tomorrow of the completely not organized places that might just serve me well this summer (and beyond?) . . .but until then, what do you imagine as your perfect place?
Friday, June 20, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Today I took my two boys and my sister and her two kids to a great arboretum we have just outside the heart of downtown Spokane. As you can guess from the name, this place is full of trees. Tons of different types and varieties. I packed my bag with my camera, a camera for each of the boys, our journals and a HUGE box of color crayons and pens. The boys had a BLAST snapping photos of things they found interesting. And I followed suit, but focusing today on close ups. I tried to get up close and personal with things. . .and I love the results. Here are some of the cool leaves and other "normal" stuff we saw today. . . like clover, and flowers, and acorn tops and dandelions.
Like this pole hidden in a grove of trees and thistles, next to a small creek.
Minus the thistles, it was peaceful there. Spokane has several sister cities, so I'm guessing that this relates to that. A cool reminder too, of the people participating with me in Camp Aloha Friends from around the globe!
We also found this tree.
Covered in pieces of paper, notes and letters to a person who has passed. This tree and many others like it, have been planted in various places in Spokane in her honor. What a sweet tribute. But the one that caught my eye was this one:
I think I might like to have known this woman. . .and obviously her friends are good folks too - planting trees and leaving notes to inspire. A fun little surprise in the middle of the clearing for sure.
We climbed a few rocks, raced up the limbs of a few trees, dove into what the kids called "tree igloos" (where the branches hung to the ground and created a hideaway), and dipped sticks into the water.
Then my sister stumbled onto this unexpected treasure. Perfect for a close up. . .and not usually something you want to get close to:
You can almost hear it buzzing, right? The perfect ending to my day of close-ups!
All in all, it was a great day for a walk. Sunny. Warm. And there were half-priced milk shakes from Sonic to be enjoyed afterwards, as we drew our adventures in our journals and planned tomorrow's adventure.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
My journal is made. And my suitcase is yet to arrive. . .but today starts one of the first long term projects of Camp Aloha Friends and it will be a challenge for me to follow through with it for the next 21 days. Remember that journal I made a couple of days ago? Well over the next 3 weeks, I will be putting it to good use. At least that's the goal :)
Mel directed us today to start walking. Yes. That's right. Walking. I love that she didn't say running, because as anyone who knows me knows, running and I are NOT friends. At all. But walking? Yeah. That I can do. So the goal is to walk for 20 minutes. And to look. To see what's around you and to document it. I plan to take my new camera (Canon T3i) with me every other day, and on the off days, I plan to carry my journal and a new pack of ever sharp colored pencils (Crayola brand of course) to document the world.
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I plan to bring Eli and Zach along for the ride and the walk! Today they helped me make paper bag books. These are awesome for kids because they come with built in pockets. This was a decent and simple tutorial I found that will show you how to do it: http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/paper-bag-album-instructions.html#a1 They even got a new box of glitter crayons to help add a little sparkle to their creations.
And then, we walk. Everyday. For 21 days. Some days, we will start and end at home. Other days we will start at a park, or the lake, or a trail. But we will do it. Today our adventures were close to home because of the rain. But even then, we were able to capture some fun photos of the life around us. We walked through our yard and around "the loop" as the kids call it. We took the dog.
P.S. - As I sat here typing, my son came in and grabbed his not-so-great Fisher Price camera and went outside to capture his own yard. He came in with a few blurry photos that made me smile. . .as he told me all about his journey into his yard. Tomorrow, we journal our journey.
Monday, June 16, 2014
SO I plan to walk you through my summer and my Camp Aloha Friends experience.
We are starting the experience by assembling a journal. Mel has given us a few options for the journal, but the biggest is that we have to be creative and use things we have around us. I might have cheated a bit since I had a whole bunch of scrapbooking stuff in the basement. . .but I DID use an old box from KnitPicks to create my cover, so that counts, right?
I gathered my supplies and thought about my journal.
And if you are interested in a quick DIY tutorial to make one of your own, check into the Camp website or to the Single Handed Knits blog where it was featured this week!