I had a fabulous weekend. I spend Saturday and Sunday in the studio with friends and Monday I was out at Bundaleer, forest bathing!
Saturday afternoon was open studio. I’ve been planning on making myself a witches hat for a long while. The physical effort felting requires is a great release of negative emotions. There was four of us for hat making and Deb and I decided to continue on the Sunday.
I winged drawing the template for my witches hat and was very happy with the result. After forgetting to order the black Corriedale wool sliver from Ashford I went with the natural and decided to dye the hats prior to blocking.
Yes. it really is a thing! ABC News did a feature on the benefits. Article HERE. I may not do it as described in the ABC article but just going out to the forest and spending time being creative in such a beautiful environment, certainly is rejuvenating.
Fern and I packed a picnic and drove out in ‘Betsy’. Fern spent her time sketching and I finished the fringing on three scarves while listening to the birds. There was even a Kookaburra to serenade us.
We had a walk along the Maple Walk and I collected some Rock Lichen for a dying experiment. That might have to happen next Saturday in Open Studio.
Clarifying what I want
I finally started clarifying what I want in my life and where I want to be in five years. It’s not a huge change to what I’m doing now. Still the same home and work, just tweaked a little. No more social media, more studio time, more self care and more listening to myself. More focusing on what I enjoy doing and eliminating the things that do not bring me joy or benefit. Keeping life simple, taking the time to be with family and self care. I’m feeling excited about the future again. Just that mental shift of making a plan and setting goals that sing to me has taken a lot of the angst from my shoulders. I do not have to measure up to others, I can walk my own path, now I know which one it is.