Summer Greetings Everyone!

Amazing to think that 2023 is half over!!!! And we have actually seen several ads for Christmas craft projects!!! Way too early for such thoughts in our view. Let’s enjoy all that summer has to offer.

In recent weeks we have had many people in the store either getting supplies prior to a summer get-away or preparing for summer craft shows. It is interesting listening to the way they speak about what motivates them. One lady had seen a beautiful necklace in an expensive European shop and figured she could make it herself for a fraction of the price which she did. Ditto with ideas from the Internet. Others know a technique they want to use and are inspired by a colour palette. Still others have special requests from family members or friends. These and similar conversations just reinforces the idea that creative inspiration originates in may places; we just have to have open eyes and open minds and sometimes be willing to try something out of our comfort zone.

So here are two inspirational quotes that go hand in hand to give one confidence in pursuing creative ways. Eric Fromm has said “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties”. In other words break some rules! And Albert Einstein: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”. In other words think beyond the rules; be curious and question “what would happen if....?”

We wish you a happy month of July! Stay safe and enjoy your creative pursuits!

Meredith, Brent and Carrie