Each year I look forward to this wonderful party. The loveliness, the creativity, the joy of it all.
Sir Fernly Fern and I thought a long time. I stroked his silky fur. He nuzzled me and nipped me when I stopped petting him. Sir Fernly Fern doesn’t shy away from comfort as we humans sometimes do.
The idea to turn Mad to Glad came to me as we snuggled. Tea, friendship and art journaling – the focus for this year.
I used craft paper instead of a pretty cloth so we could spill as much as we wanted, or write, or paint.
Guest tags were replaced by black sharpie free flowing names on the table. Naturally we set a place for the Unexpected Guest.
Three kinds of tea. Why not? A taste testing adventure.
And we can’t forget to stop and smell the roses.
While I know that a cuppa tea can often change my mad to glad, I had more planned for my party friends.
I gave each friend a piece of cold pressed watercolor paper and told them to write what was making them mad or sad or anxious or worried. Like 18th century letter writers would conserved paper, we turned the paper and wrote crosswise. In days gone by the paper was expensive. We used it as a design element.
Collage ensued. Scrap paper. Paper bags. Paper from presents last Christmas. Magazine pages. If it could be pasted down it was fair game.
Here’s hoping that you have some inspiration to turn something mad into something glad. Thanks for joining us.
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