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Survival Kit For Life

19 Feb

Club Creative Studio encourages and supports creativity. To help you express creativity for everyday life events, you are welcome to try this activity, the creation of a Survival Kit. Gifts known as “survival kits” house a collection of small commonly known, everyday items.  Each item is individually assigned a special symbolic meaning.  Each item combine to be so important, one has the impression that it just can’t be lived with out.  It is needed for mere survival.  That is a joke of course but, it is a nice gift with thoughtful meanings.

Club Creative Studio: Survival Kit Gift Bag (Back Side)

The list of items included in a survival kit bag can be personalized for one person or made in bulk to share with many.  Often times the items are placed in a clear bag so that the contents can be readily seen, and an itemized list is included to explain the contents. Creativity can be expressed in the packaging as items can be placed in decorative bags, boxes. baskets or buckets.

Club Creative Studio: Marriage Survival Kit Gift Bag (Front Label)

 

 

The above image is a photo of a “Marriage Survival Kit” that I made for a special occasion where many married couples gathered for an evening.  Below you will find a list to help you get started with clever sayings to accompany your items, for any type and any themed “Survival Kit”

Make sure the items are age-appropriate and safe to include in your gift giving.

TOOTHPICK: To pick out the good qualities in people.

PAPER CLIP: Help you “hold it together” during difficult times.

HERSHEY KISS: Help you remember the power of hugs and kisses.

BUTTON: To help remember the times one should button their lip.

BAND-AID: To help with life’s hurt feelings.

ERASER: Erase away any mistakes you make that you want to forget.

CANDLE: To light your way when things are their darkest.

MARBLE: For the times you feel you’ve lost all of yours.

LIFESAVER: For the times others will need your help and you will need theirs.

MINT: To remember that your friend is “worth a mint”.

GUM: Because we stick together.

STAR STICKER: You are a shining star.

HAPPY FACE STICKER: Remember to smile 😀

STICKY TAPE: To tape your lips when you have nothing good to say.

A ROCK: We are as sold as a rock!

TEA BAG: For the times that you get into hot water.

JOLLY RANCHER CANDY: To add happiness to hard times.

PENCIL: To stay sharp.

ONE PENNY: A penny for your thoughts.

Can you think of any other clever items that can be included in a theme “survival kit”?  The themes are only limited to your imagination. Make a “survival kit” with a theme for your mail delivery person, your neighbor, teachers,  a baby-sitter or the pet-sitter. Give a gift bag to members of a committee, for holiday or birthday favors. Have fun!

 

12 Days of Creativity

4 Jan

Holiday bracelet made from several collaborating friends.

 This post brings to light a fun idea that can be transferred to any holiday celebration or life event with a theme in mind, and a few supplies. This post also fits into the TNT (this-n-that) theme. Being creative might be easy for some yet for others it may seem to take extra effort. No matter if creativity is instant or requires planning, it can be…shared.  Sharing creativity gives you an opportunity to use your skills and display your talents.

This post highlights the efforts of many creative persons. This time, the focus is on a group of persons and a special project.  I’d like to reflect on a recent holiday project that was based on the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses.  There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by “my true love” on one of the twelve days of Christmas.

Using this song as inspiration, a group of nearly twelve members created hand-made charms, then gathered for the “big reveal” which included sharing the creative process and exchanging their charms within the group so that each walked away with a unique jewelry keepsake. Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace. The group agreed that this experience was worth repeating and they enjoyed the learning process as much as the expression of creativity.

Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace.

If you recall from the popular song, the first verse runs: on the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a partridge in a pear tree and on the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…two turtle doves.  Other mentions in the song and items included symbolically in the project are three french hens (ooh la-la), four calling birds (on cell phones of course), five golden rings, six geese-a-laying (comfortably on a pillow), seven swans-a-swimming , eight maids a milking (got milk?), nine ladies dancing, ten lords-a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming.

Gail happily organized twelve friends who agreed to share their skills and talents and come together to make and exchange their art projects.  Today’s blog celebrates the creativeness of her group of friends.  They held an initial meeting to brainstorm and decide on how they would start.  The assignment was for each person to make twelve separate items all with the same likeness and theme based on the number picked that corresponded to the same numbers in the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas.  The deadline was set and each member of the group went home ready to create their twelve items and return to share them. With all of the charms collected we were then free to add them to a bracelet and create our group project.  We collected one work of art charm from each person.

Our final products from the group project.

Contributors in this artistic product were: Marki, Annette, Bri, Amanda, Donna, Melissa, Gayle, Chris, MellaDee, and myself.  We shared time and talent, creating a meaningful item that will surely hold memories as well as appreciation for the creative process. We are now planning to get together to complete a Valentine theme bracelet.  I feel another blog coming from that experience too for sure!

To end this post, I’d like to share the idea that you may want to consider.  Make your favorite bracelet serve you well with a double duty.  Add an interesting dash of bling to your purse or bag with a closely related length of your bracelet size.  Attach it to the top of the rim on both sides of your purse for a fun twist of fashion, and show off your creation!

Consider this double-duty idea for your bracelet.

Home Sweet Home

26 Oct

HOME SWEET HOME

Be inspired by ideas to make your own sweet treat.

Club Creative Studio shares the creative visions from the studio and of others and brings those ideas into your home.  Here are a few sweet ideas for you to make your HOME a sweet home.  Let’s call it your “Home Sweet Home”! And let’s look at the initial steps that can inspire you to add the colorful details.

During holiday seasons creativity is all around us.  Holiday celebrations are an active time where creativity is abound because most times children and parties are involved.  It is not unlikely that some creative ideas mesh in theme from celebration to celebration. I already blogged about a “Halloween Tree” project which has many similarities of decorating for a “Christmas Tree”.  Visit blog post entitled: Beautiful Branches.

image: easteuropeanfood.com

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not!  ~Author Unknown

This time in this post, take note of a few photos that I found that incorporate similar matching themes of the popular “GingerBread House” and “Gingerbread Cookies”.

We may typically know these items as popular during December for Christmas celebrations However, here you may have the idea to creat a Halloween Gingerbread House or  Skelton Ginger Bread Cookies.

If you try these ideas you can also look at it as a trial run and practice making the house and cookies for later adaption.  Your December treats can be inspired by what you do creatively in October.

This edible Halloween house contains a variety of cookies, candies, toppings, pretzels, and crackers attached with frosting.

Think creatively when you purchase your candy and snack supplies. Try to imagine what treat can be used separately to represent another item.  For example: a square cracker can easily be used as a window because of the typical shape.  Try to imagine cutting or using a candy to represent something similar in nature.  Coconut makes great grass when it is dyed green.  Dirt can resemble crushed chocolate cookie crumbs.

Inspired to create?

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