Hiya sistahs! I haven’t written in a while and I thought we could catch up :)…
There are so many stressful things happening all around us.. CORONA VIRUS, money issues, work, children, health issues, .. it’s been a crazy 2019 and 2020.. for me anyway. I suffer from anxiety and it has been at an all time peak lately. HMMM I wonder why LOL
I have been surfing the internet and noticed that there is a SLOW STITCH MOVEMENT which intrigued me. So I looked into it a bit more because I LOVE hand embroidery and I LOVE being slow LOL. I actually love pairing slow stitching with stamping… just stampy your image onto fabric and stitch away! Basically what it is, is that while you stitch and layer and stitch you FOCUS.. you are MINDFUL.. you are IN THE MOMENT. I have learned a LOT this year about self care, about being in the moment,mindfulness and enjoying the moment you are in because you will never get that moment back. I have become very mindful and very grateful throughout my day. I take a moment every so often to STOP.. just STOP.. light a candle.. light a palo santo stick, hold a crystal.. create a ritual and focus on the moment. During these times I don’t think about what I am doing tomorrow.. what I HAVE to do tomorrow.. what my kids are doing.. work.. finances.. I try to make my mind stop.. even for a minute. I meditate, I journal and I stamp.
I think we all need a little break from reality.. we need to stop comparing our work to others and just simply enjoy what we are doing.
Let’s stamp.. Let’ be mindful, let’s enjoy every step of the process.. from inking up the stamp slowly making sure the whole image is wet from the ink, let’s take our favorite colours and favorite mediums…and colour.. focusing on every stroke.. watching the colour pour onto the paper. Let’s shade the image with a darker colour focusing on the shadow… let’s die cut and focus on the shape..let’s stick our paper layers onto card stock and let’s continue this process to rest our minds from the stresses around us. We deserve it don’t we? I think we do.
So I ask you sistahs…
ARE YOU WITH ME in this SLOW STAMPING movement? Hashtag all your creations with #slowstamping.. and let’s make a difference. Let’s spread the word.. Let’s de-stress… let’s relax… and let’s focus on the moment. The moment we have for ourselves.. and let’s really truly enjoy it.
Mwah to da sistahs who are gonna go SLOW
Slow stamping that is 😉