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Stash Happy - Organizing Your Embroidery Floss! - Happy Time Craftcast 15

In this episode of Happy Time Craftcast, I was thrilled to introduce Jenny White, the brilliant mind behind Lucky Jonquil. Jenny’s journey through the world of crafting is nothing short of fascinating. She started with knitting and crochet, transitioned to cross-stitch, and eventually found her niche in organizing crafting tools to make our crafting lives easier and more beautiful.   Jenny’s innovative spirit is truly inspiring. She began with pattern work but quickly realized her passion lay in creating functional and aesthetically pleasing organizational tools. You know that feeling when you buy all the crafting supplies and then have to...

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The Comfort of Journaling and Writing Retreats in Times Of Grief

Navigating through grief is a profoundly personal journey, one often filled with emotions that are difficult to express with everyday language. This is where the power of journaling and writing retreats shines—a sanctuary where the pen or the laptop becomes tools for healing and self-discovery. A Safe Space for Your StoriesWriting allows us to confront our emotions on our own terms. In the welcoming space of a writing retreat, you can explore your grief without judgment, writing down whatever feels right. Whether it’s through journaling day-to-day experiences, penning down memories, or composing letters that will never be sent, the act...

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Sustainable Art Practices: Pioneering Eco-Friendly Creativity

As someone who’s deeply immersed in both the yoga and art communities, I've been witnessing an exciting shift towards more sustainable practices in the art world. It's not just a trend; it’s a whole new way of thinking about creativity. So, I thought it’d be wonderful to share with you how artists and art organizations are infusing eco-friendly methods into their creative processes. What is Sustainable Art? Sustainable art is all about artists choosing to be kind to our planet through their work. It involves using materials that are less harmful to the environment, reducing waste, and minimizing the ecological...

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Hosting Life-Changing Yoga Retreats: A Guide to Crafting Transformative Experiences

If you've ever dreamed of bringing people together to share in the transformative power of yoga, hosting a yoga retreat might be the perfect venture for you. A well-planned retreat can offer more than just a series of yoga classes—it can be a memorable experience that inspires, rejuvenates, and connects participants in profound ways. Here’s how you can create a yoga retreat that truly changes lives. 1. Set Your Intention Before you dive into the logistics, start with your heart. What is your vision for this retreat? Are you looking to help others find balance? Perhaps you want to explore...

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The Unstoppable Need To Create - Happy Time Craftcast 14

Hello, Craftonias! It's Joleen Emery from Big Raven Farm.  I've just wrapped up one of the most energizing episodes of the Happy Time Craftcast this week, featuring the wonderfully talented Lacey Walker. If you haven't had the chance to listen yet, you're in for a treat. Lacey is not just a master of one craft; she's a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to creating, and she brought her whole toolkit of inspiration and tips to our latest chat! Lacey, known for her dynamic presence across various creative platforms—from watercolor painting and pottery to the intricate arts of silver smithing—joined me to discuss...

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