Thursday, September 16, 2010

Having Fun

With everything that has been going on around here, I have been exploring different ways to handle stress and bring some calmness and peace into my life--not as easy thing for me as I am a worrier by nature and can drive myself crazy with all "what-ifs" and 'should-haves".
Anyway, while looking online for books, I wandered away from the self-help section and stumbled across this book by Carla Sonheim:Hmmmmm......52 creative exercises to making drawing fun. Well, this looked just like what the doctor ordered!
Not that I can draw; I can't. But I'd like to be able to. Even more, I'd like to be able to draw and not be so critical of myself. And that is just what this book is all about--helping adults relearn how to experiment and develop a playful attitude to creating.
Even better, when I went to her website, I found out she was starting an online class. 30 days of lessons, each one taking about 10-15 minutes. And, all this for only $25.00. I was hooked. A little time to play each day sounded divine. Our first lesson was last night and I can tell it is going to be fun, fun, fun.
For years I worked with preschool and kindergarten children in special education and one thing I loved most was their ability to be so involved in the process of working with art materials rather than focusing on the final product. An attitude I think most of us lose as we grow up.
I'm ready to start that journey to find that part of me again.....I'll let you know how it goes.


  1. good for you - your attitude is great...

  2. Sounds perfect. Yes, let us know how it goes please. I have the same worry-wart problem and drive myself crazy with what-if questions.

  3. Debra,
    Thanks for the link to Carla's Blog! I love her artwork! That class sounds wonderful! Yes, keep us posted as to how you are doing. I'm putting it on my list for the future!
    Cathy G

  4. That sound wonderful. I too am a worry wort and can be plagued by the 'what if's', but I have finally cut WAY back on the 'if only's'. I have reached a point in my life, in my early 60's, where I am ready to relax and just let life unfold as it will.

    I have been hooking for 2 years when I am not in my garden or busy with life. One lesson I have finally learned (on my 8th project) is to not consider the need to rip something out as proof of a "mistake", but rather part of the creative, fun part of the craft. Growing up I was always a perfectionist and always really hard on myself. I still want a "perfect" outcome, but at least now I can enjoy the process more.