Sunday, March 20, 2016

Through Heavens Eyes

Sometimes on tour I get an itch to create something, especially on drive days, but it can be hard with little space and limited art supplies on hand. When crafting, I like to spread out, splaying out all the materials, making everything visible before me. This habit contributes to cultivating my creativity but does not really work well on a bus with space that has to be shared by 18 people. I tend to take over.

On tour, I resort to a special mini-sized craft box. It is a book box I purchased at Micheal's where I store a  minimal collection of travel-sized craft supplies. Sadly I can't travel with my whole collection of fun papers, stamps, markers, and paints, but that is okay because I am challenged to be creative with the limited amount of things I can bring. Plato said "Necessity is the mother of invention," well I say:

 Necessity is the invention of creativity 


  • Washi tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Mini stapler
  • staples
  • paper clips
  • lead refills for my Papermate clicky pencil
  • G2 Pens
  • Le Pens
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • scrap papers
  • Double-sided sharpie (Best sharpie investment ever!)
  • Highlighter

This little box full of all my exciting materials provides a practical way in which I can create in a travel-friendly way, appeasing my itch.

"The itch" came upon me partway through our tour. What sparked it was the several hosts I had in Florida who had creative young children!  I love that children are never afraid to be creative. Their originality and freedom of expression inspires me! I was surrounded by crayons and sticky messes. At one homestay I was at, there was a crafty little girl who proudly shared with me her very first scrapbook she got for Christmas. Usually, on tour to satisfy my itch to create, I decorate my junk journal/scrapbook so we had some sweet time bonding over scrapbooking together. But I also worked on another project. With the numerous scraps of paper that I had packed for this tour, I made a decorative note to leave for my host family.

I ripped the patterned papers into little squares for a "rough-edged" look and then arranged them into a border around a sheet of my homemade paper. I chose to write on it some of my favorite lyrics from one of the songs that we dance to from our ballet "Deliver Us". I was quite pleased with the result of this project aside from the fact that my handwriting was a bit elementary. I am studying calligraphy and usually jump on every opportunity to use my skills, but this time it did not successfully work out. In my defense, I had to write small and the texture of the paper did not lend itself to writing fanciful font.

The Lyrics are so good!

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  1. What a great keepsake you made for your host family! I like what you did with the paper! I would definitely find it a challenge not to have my supplies at my fingertips.

  2. Your beautiful gift brought great joy to our girls! They came running downstairs, eyes aglow and beaming with smiles, after discovering ya'lls note and this lovely craft. So perfect, too, since they are learning another song from Prince of Egypt in their music class. We're hoping we can see "Deliver Us" some time soon! Grace and peace to you as you continue your tour! -Christina

    1. That warms my heart to hear that! Thank you for sharing that! And again, thank you so much for your hospitality!!! ^_^ Blessings to you and your family! Maybe we will be back in your neck of the woods sometimes soon! We can hope! ^_~