"We are all wanderers on this earth...our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams." ~ Gypsy proverb

Thursday, June 16, 2011

5 minutes for creativity


Do you do what I do? Do you constantly look for that 5 minute window to do something creative? Whether it's knit for 5, write for 5, sew for 5?  Sometimes I get lucky and those 5 minutes creep to 10 or even 15.  Other doses of 5 minutes are spent hopping around visiting your spaces. Inevitably, in all that hopping around, I find inspiration, leaving me wanting and searching for 5 more minutes of course :). But yesterday, thanks to Viv (thanks Viv!), I stumbled on a cute challenge that the entire family can do together for a minimum of 5 :)!!!  It's Daisy Yellow's Index Card a Day Challenge.

I think what I love about this challenge is its simplicity.  Many families are creative everyday, so this may be nothing new. So I say push the envelope a bit. Create a theme every day or every week.  Do poetry, a haiku, explore color, lines, cut and paste, dye it, collage it, turn it into a book, write inspirational quotes, whatever, the sky is the limit!!!

All you need are a stack of 3 by 5 index cards, lined, plain, or colored, and pens, markers, paint, colored pencils, or whatever you like to create with. Make a card everyday of the week, except one (you get one day off), for June, July, and August. You can use Daisy Yellow's prompts if you would like, or no prompts at all.  You can post on your blog, twitter or in the group Flikr page.  Talent not required :) (thank goodness).

There is one catch if you want to participate, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to join!!!! Will you join us?
And there is no need to play catch up, just start today :). Just visit Daisy Yellow and let her know!

much love to you and may your creative juices F-L-O-W!!!!

xx oo

19 comments:

  1. That is a cute idea. I try to carve out creative time each day, early morning, after lunch and after dinner...helps keep me calm.

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  2. You know what? I think we will...... this sounds like a great plan to me! thank you for sharing!

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  3. What a great idea! I will have to pass this time and join up next time because I already have too many things on my plate that I need to focus on and I told myself "No more projects!!!" Even if it is 5 minutes. :)

    I love your art! Those owl/flowers are so fun and vivid! And your poetry is much needed..yes, just let it flow......................................

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  4. Love love love this! I am going to join, just the burst of creativity that I need for the next several months when the days are longer, but seemed to be filled to the brim with all things summer!

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  5. So beautiful! What a cool idea. Looking forward to seeing how it goes...and, since I just bought some new colored pencils and markers, maybe I'll give it a go sometime! :-)

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  6. How do I sign up? Do I just start doing it? I checked out the link but I can't find anyway to sign up. Help!!

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  7. Wow! Thank you for spreading the word about the ICAD challenge. If you want to get in, there's an ICAD FAQ at http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/vividlife/icad-faq.html. From there, you can find the ICAD badge, and you'll learn about the ways to get involved. But truly, truly, all you have to do is write-draw-paint-play on one index card a day until the end of August!

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  8. Kim- I hear ya! I must be nuts for taking on another project :)!
    Kelli, Claudine, Gail & Rain--yay! I look forward to seeing your cards!
    Gail- just go to her site & leave a comment and your blog URL to let her know.

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  9. Boy, can I relate to needing five minutes of creativity each day. I snatch it whenever I can. And I love this idea! However, I must pass - I don't think I can smush one more second out of my day right now! Best wishes to you all on this endeavor!

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  10. So glad you decided to join in and love your colourful cards!

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  11. that's such a great idea! I'll see if I can rustle up some cards and join up today!!!

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  12. Love, Love, Love the all the creativity MJ! This is such a super fantastic idea I am in for sure! Anything for 5 minutes right?

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  13. Love your ICAD and look forward to seeing more! It's inspiring to know other creative souls are on the same journey... 5 minutes at a time.

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  14. Oh I love this- It is just what I needed. I have just signed up, so thankyou MJ x I really look foward to seeing all your cards. How wonderful.

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  15. these are so much fun. i do love my space, but i also love finding things we can enjoy together.

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  16. oh darn i missed the deadline to join ~ very sad face! i will do this anyway i think, even though i can't officially join as it's such a wonderful idea!
    x

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  17. Love this owl..great card! Your river picture looks like you are near us by the Suwannee River.

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  18. These are so cool! I love your owl!

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