Valentine’s Day Goodness [& January wrap up]
Social media was my friend today. I literally laughed out loud when I saw one post that said, “it feels like it’s the 74th day of January” because it really does! This month has seemed to have been drawn out for so long, and yet at the same time – I can’t believe tomorrow is already February!
On that note, here’s the monthly progress of my temperature blanket! I am so happy with the way that it’s turning out. It’s missing today’s hex as I haven’t yet made it, but the other 30 days are there! Please ignore the random strings hanging out, I use them to connect the additional hexes to one another. The dark purple one in the very middle is day one. The dark purple on the farthest right was day two, and then day three is the light purple underneath. I decided to connect them in a circular form so I still have no idea how large it will end up, but I’m okay with it! Temperatures have ranged from 9* all the way up to 63* – quite the range for Cleveland in January.
Note two in regards to social media being my friend is that I went out on a limb today and did something scary [for me, anyways] and posted several cards that I’ve made recently [see below] for sale in an album available on Facebook. I’m also sharing more details and photos on my business IG account, @1cre8ivemess – I have to start somewhere, right? I love participating in craft shows throughout the year, but over time I’ve built up quite an inventory of cards. I want to make my little side hustle a little more well known, as well as a little more profitable. I also want to share as much handmade happiness as possible.
Little known fact – I’m terrified of rejection [people not liking what I make and the fear of nobody buying anything-ever], but am doing my best to remain positive and know that things take time. It’s still overwhelming and there’s so many angles to consider but I want to take baby steps to get myself out there a little bit more and more each day/week/month. I was pleasantly surprised today when several friends “liked” my photos – and stats on my end show people looked into the album where I loaded the images.
These are just a few of the cards that I listed for sale. I’ve been on a kick of using texture paste recently and I love the effect that it has – the colors that I blended show a little through the paste and it almost takes on the color of the background. So many fun results, I like that it has such an organic feel – it’s not perfect and somehow I really like that, even though I’m such a perfectionist. It also reminds me of a heartbeat rhythm.I used distress ink to blend the background and of course I added sequins as they’re one of my favorite embellishments. The heart is cut out of vellum which gives a subtle detail – it allows the background to show through. The word ‘love’ is die-cut out of black cardstock and the ‘you’ is stamped and then heat embossed. The up-close detail is one of my favorite elements!
This next card features another one of my favorite elements – a multitude of hearts! I cut them out with a die-cut but my favorite feature is the fact they are cut from fun foam – so they are a little bit 3d and are poufy. The random smattering of hearts surround the stamped sentiment “adore you.” which could be perfect any time of year – not just for Valentine’s Day.
Look at that dimension! It’s so fun – I just love it.
There are a handful of other cards listed on the page as well – it’s available on Facebook and the page name is searchable under 1cre8ivemess. It’s public, so it should be viewable. If you’re not on Facebook or don’t have access and are still interested, just shoot me an email and we can work something out.
So this last part of social media being my friend kind of has a long story behind it. A designer I have followed for a long time, Elizabeth Kartchner – her husband started an IG account and created this funny character who did all these random things. Long story short, he used his account for good and after Hurricane Harvey hit, he raised a craptop of money to help out those who were negatively affected. He raised money for kids who have cancer and most recently started a movement to help open society’s eyes in terms of who are we following on social media – and how those people we are following are affecting us. Basically all about how we measure success – with likes or hearts or followers and why we feel the need to only post the “perfect” aspects online – and how we have an unhealthy perspective when it comes to the way we view ourselves. So many people commented and reacted to his posts and I personally had some serious reflective time on it. This whole concept has been on my mind for a few days and then today on IG a crafter that I follow posted this photo, with the following caption:Numbers. They can hold such power over us. Calories, time, friends, sports, marks, age, height, weight, salary…
And social media is no exception. When I joined social media I had no intention of gaining followers. I joined to connect with friends, see new things and document my life.
Over time though, the numbers got to me. Not enough likes, not enough followers, not enough views, not enough. I became obsessed with seeking validation through these numbers.
Because of this I’ve had to do a lot of self reflection – step back and work on myself. To be honest, it’s still something I’m working on. Numbers are still something that control me.
The thing is, these things – the likes, the followers, the comments – they mean nothing about who I am as a person. Whether I have 2 followers or 2000, I am loved and valued.
If the numbers are getting to you, please know that it’s okay to take time for yourself. It can be very overwhelming and it is important to take note of how you are feeling. Remember that soical media is just social media – it does not define you. You too are loved and valued, no matter what.
Words by @sams.freedom
Image by @bebonefide
I feel like I needed to read this at the exact moment this morning. Just a [subtle] reminder that I am worthy, I have talent and I have a good heart – no matter how many likes or comments or followers I have. Compliments and praise are certainly nice to hear, but success isn’t measured by those things. Going into a new month I’m going to do my best to remember that – and just work on being the best me I can be, including as crafty as I can be.
Thanks for sticking around all the way to the end of this post – I appreciate it! I’ll be posting more frequently in the next month – it’s a goal and plan. And if there’s anything you’d like to see – please feel free to reach out!