create a mini Tabletop Zen Garden
Today, I am sharing how you can create an enthralling table-top zen garden to increase the peaceful energy of your space. Can I get an "O-mmm?" Personally, I am aiming for a mindful year ahead with lots of inspiration, workshops and our upcoming trip to Japan. This year, I will be sharing DIY projects here every Wednesday. I have done this project in the past and it became popular amongst students and adults, so I thought this was the perfect time to share it. I recommend it for professional development workshops and corporate events.
First off, I'd like to share a bit of history about original Zen gardens that were created outside of temples in Kyoto during the Muromachi period. Kyoto is on our list of places to visit and we will be spending 3 days there this Spring. Zen gardens are meant to capture the essence of nature while aiding in meditation practice. Traditionally, they are dry gardens consisting mostly of rocks, gravel and sand, although some feature small plants, moss and a water feature.
Are you ready to see pics of an actual UNESCO world heritage zen garden, along with what supplies you will need to create your own miniature version?
DIY Modern Peace Sign Wreath
Happy Holidays to all of you! I hope your holidays are bright, relaxing and most of all peaceful.
Peace was the chosen theme for our holiday cards this year as 2017 felt decisively less than perfect in many ways. Creatively I am extremely grateful for many things and accomplishments like my creative workshop series, video diy posts, and all of the traveling that we did!
Today, I am eager to share with you something that I have wanted to try for a few years, how-to create your very own peace sign greenery wreath. I like the idea of a peace wreath because I feel like it can be left up throughout the New Year. It feels good to finally try my hand at something like this!
I was able to do this project in about 20 minutes and below are my favorite supplies for creating your Peace Sign Wreath.
For this project I suggest:
I hope you have enjoyed this simple Peace Wreath tutorial. Please let me know, if you try it by tagging your picture on Instagram, so that I can see it! From our family to yours, we wish you joy, peace, health and prosperity in 2018. I will be back after the holiday and I look forward to celebrating with you!
If you enjoyed learning how to make this wreath, then you will may also enjoy this Greenery Wreath how-to! If you are short on time, but you like the idea of a peace wreath, then here are a few wreaths that I found online.
Furoshiki: The beautiful Art of Gift Wrapping
Today, I am going to share a technique with you that is beautiful, inexpensive and green called Furoshiki, which is the Japanese Art of gift wrapping. Recently, I loved learning Furoshiki, and I think that you will love it too. Yes, that is a bunny package, which kind of reminds you of origami, right?
I found that Furoshiki technique works will with small rectangular or square boxes. The box is usually placed in the center of the diamond.
If you are eager to get started with Furoshiki, then here is a video that you can watch showing the technique.
Below you will find a few scarves, cloth napkins and gift papers that I think would look awesome using this gift wrap technique! I also enjoy using recycling gift paper and tissue paper, which is a great way to practice Furoshiki.
I had a smooth experience with last minute shopping and finding cool gifts this year. Tomorrow, I am going to share a last minute gift guide for your holidays! Surprisingly, I found almost everything at 2 stores and 1 online retailer. This picture is a sneak peak of what I found!
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