Here in Vermont, outside of my front window, it looks like this right now:
|Naturally, I made a snowman. Immediately. Yes, before shoveling.|
The sleet/ freezing rain/ snowish stuff caused school to be cancelled today, and is still coming down.
So therefore.... project time!!!
|Peppermint Body Butter|
I really prefer my bodycare items the way I like my food- understandable, with real ingredients. But whoa, does that ever cost an arm and a leg. Enter my love of blogs- I went straight to my search engine and found Wellness Mama, whose website is full of recipes and directions for people like me who have never done this before.
|Lemongrass Hand Salve|
What does this have to do with art? Well, arguably, making stuff, problem-solving, and thinking creatively makes people artists, which in my brain makes this a wide a category inclusive of writers, gardeners, painters, cooks, knitters, scientists, seamstresses, brewers, dancers, engineers, musicians, and many other hobbies and professions.
|Lavender Room Spray and Lavender Bath Salt|
Phrasing art-making in this context helps remove fear and stigma in the art room about who "is" and "isn't" artistic. A common question I ask students is "What did you create in the last week?" The answers are always awesome and varied- coloring a birthday card, making cupcakes, programming a game.
|Lemon Honey Sugar Scrub|
Using ingredients like shea butter, essential oils, and beeswax, I have created lots of little holiday gifties for loved ones. I used recipes but changed them in my own ways. Not a bad way to spend the snowy day. My house smells terrific.
What have you created recently? What projects are you working on?