Summer Isn’t Over

Summer isn’t over…

Really, it isn’t. Not if you’re thinking about picking up a copy of Project Calm this weekend. It’s like summer camp for adults especially if you’re an adult looking for new ways to be creative. Summer isn’t over and it’s time to play!

I’ve been wanting to to try something new. Writing is my love and always will be but lately I’ve been thinking about the crafts and creative outlets I used to do as a child and young adult and how they fell by the wayside. I was perusing the art and craft magazines at my local Barnes and Noble and found Project Calm. It’s published in the U.K. (lucky people!!!) and this is the debut issue.

I took it on our family vacation to Northern Canada a few weeks ago and my daughter and I had a ball thinking about projects, doing them and generally being in the moment. Inside Project Calm there was a beautiful botanical papercutting page (which included a background to place behind it ) which read,

She believed
she could
So she did
from U.K. papercutting artist Samantha A. Sherring Samantha sells original templates  and papercutting on her Etsy shop if you’re interested in seeing more.

Almost every vacation day, my daughter Natalie took the papercutting outside to a little table overlooking the lake. Relaxing, fun, mindful, blissful. When she frames it, I’ll post a photo for you.

On our morning lake walks we picked flowers to dry and press, then place into float glass frames, (haven’t done that since I was a kid!) and we photowalked around the little town of Perth. In the U.K. there are scheduled meet-ups to photowalk. Doesn’t that sound like great fun? Here’s a cozy little public garden we found on our photowalk. Of course we had to sit for a bit and enjoy.

Photowalking in Perth, Ontario

Photowalking in Perth, Ontario

When I returned home I pulled these fabulous wreath prints from Project Calm, bought inexpensive white frames and put them above my kitchen cabinets. My photo isn’t the best to show off the artist’s work but trust me when I say they look fresh and fun with my chintz and toile teacups:)

Healing Wreath Prints

Healing Wreath Prints

With further investigation I found out the Healing Wreath artist, Katie Vernon lives in Bloomington Indiana which is 140 miles south of us. (Lucky me!!!!) The prints are studies of plants grouped together for their healing properties. It’s nice to think that family and friends are surrounded by health, happiness, energy and harmony when they gather in my kitchen. Links to her Etsy shop for prints like these and original art are on her site.

This is only the tip of the iceberg with Project Calm and my exploration of finding new ways to be creative. Summer isn’t over, it’s not too late to pick up a copy of this great book-azine or any other art book. It’s never too late to try something new or return to something you loved once upon a time.

Come on. Let’s play. It’s still summer!

What about you? Have you decided to try something new or go back to an old craft or hobby you used to love? Any other creative ideas for extending summer?

Enjoy the weekend!



4 thoughts on “Summer Isn’t Over

  1. Tracey says:

    I have recently started drawing again after a long hiatus. This summer I made a plan to revisit a lot of the activities I did as a child so that I could get back that sense if carefree summer days. 🙂


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