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Tuesday’s Blog rolls back the hours, takes a look at the business aspect of crafting, and where Clarity came from. It’s also the day we open up a can of P’s.
So are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s pick P for Pick.
When my kids, Grace and Mark, were little, our living room used to look like a bomb had hit it most days. Toys EVERYWHERE!
There was a Leggo table in the middle of the room,
a Punch & Judy Theatre which my brother had built them,
with loads of puppets,
a bookcase full of lovely books,
wooden jigsaw puzzles,
a doll’s house,
pens and pencils and colouring books and paper,
a huge chest full of fancy dress.
There were even some stamps and ink pads...
to name but a few things!
It was chockablock!
It wasn’t a particularly stylish room.
But man! Did we have some fun!
They loved dressing up!
but mostly just clowning around!
There was method in my madness. Children pick what they want to play with when they are ready to play with it.
So I made loads of different games and activities available to them every day, and they PICKED what they wanted to do. Everything got played with, but in their order of preference - not mine.
In other words, when they were at the right developmental stage to tackle writing, the pens and paper would already be familiar to them, and they would intrinsically go to them.
I didn’t ram it down their necks; not at all! But when I noticed that they were curious or intrigued by a certain activity,
I was there to help.
I wrote a poem back then,
The Child’s Request.
What would you wish for a gift, my child?
What would you wish for a gift?
Your time in a box just for me, you know,
Tied up with a bright yellow bow.
With a book and a lap,
And an afternoon nap,
Tied up with a bright yellow bow.
In this fast-moving and materialistic world we live in, sometimes the most precious commodity - TIME - is the thing we have least of, and the thing we give least of to those we love.
On the subject of Time, the other thing I noticed back then was what a toy cost, versus the hours of interest it yielded. The all time favourite was the wire contraption with the rings and balls. Remember this one?
So back to P for Picking.
The reason I mention my approach to toys in the home, is that I have the same approach in our business.
Many of you who follow this blog will notice that it is very varied.
That I jump from Stamps to stencils, from ink to paint,
from the Gelli plate to brayering, from simple to challenging,
from sale to offer - and back again.
So it’s time to clarify.
I believe that if there are loads of different ideas and techniques on offer, there will be something or even maybe some things which appeal to you. One of the projects or topics may even motivate you to try something new. Not everything will be your bag, as they say.
Maybe later, maybe never.
But if I set an idea out for you, every single day, something, sometime may trigger you to have a play, and learn something new. You pick!
One man’s flower is another man’s weed, and whatever you think, somebody else will be at a different place with their art; will see something different.
The trick for me is to strike a good balance, where there’s enough for everybody to pick from.
Think of this blog like the living room when the kids were small. The brilliant thing is you never have to clear up! Every post is stored, so even if you don’t fancy trying a particular technique or arty trick, you can always go back to it - should you change your mind. Or rather, should your mind change you!
So what I am proposing is this:
pick what you like and leave the rest on this blog-shelf.
It’s not going anywhere; it will be there tomorrow, next week, next month.
And for those of you who enjoy the DVD/TV approach, we are almost ready to add YouTube webisodes to the mix!
I for one learn best from watching hands-on demos.
What about you?