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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 12, 2021 at 1:40 PM by Genesis Gaule
It happened again. The empty feeling after you finish bingeing a Netflix series. You aimlessly search for another show to fill the void the last one left. Your first instinct might be to look up more about the show you just watched, to see if there was anything you missed, or if there’s anything similar. Or maybe you end up scrolling through a rotation of the same 5 apps until bedtime. Either way, you wish you could switch up your routine and break those habits. Incorporating creativity into your everyday life can be the perfect way to do both.
Reading through Art Before Breakfast: a zillion ways to be more creative, no matter how busy you are by Danny Gregory, it was like having a mind reader predict every question and doubt addressed as I was having it. Gregory’s conversational tone was both fun and informative, and reassured me that creating this new habit would not become just another thing to add to my to-do list, but something I would forward to each day.
Craftivism: the Art of Craft and Activism by Betsy Greer is a great way to get involved in a cause you are passionate about in a creative way. Any craft can be a tool for a good cause, whether you create to promote an organization, sell your craft to raise money, or teach others how to use their resources to support ethically sourced and produced items.
If you are looking to strengthen artistic technique, Drawing is for Everyone by Kateri Ewing is a great way to jumpstart your new creative habits. Ewing encourages readers to leave their expectations and self criticism at the door, and simply find joy in the process rather than fear in the result. With lessons and guidance in graphite, color pencil, and ink, the possibilities are endless!
What people think is natural born talent is the hard work of someone that allowed themselves to learn their skills. Creating without the fear of failing is the first step to a happier outlook. No matter what style or medium you choose to do your art in, the joy of creating will be worth it.
Tag(s): Vanesa Gomez, self-improvement, recommendations, nonfiction, Arts and Crafts, article, activism
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 2, 2021 at 4:03 PM by Genesis Gaule
Make some art with us this August! Learn the art of bowl weaving on August 17 at 6 pm and make Quick Draw and Collage Stories on August 19 at 4 pm. All ages are welcome to both events!
The Power of Awareness by Dan Schilling
And Other Secrets from the World's Foremost Spies, Detectives, and Special Operators on How to Stay Safe and Save Your Life // How to identify and avoid threats using situational awareness and intuition just like the pros. Told with wit and wisdom, this compelling guide uses stories from Dan’s special operations career and those of other experts to outline six easily implemented rules you can apply anywhere to improve your personal safety.
Conscious Crafts: Pottery by Lucy Davidson
20 mindful makes to reconnect head, heart & hands // Author Lucy Davidson reveals the meditative nature of working with clay and its wellbeing benefits for slowing down, creativity and mindfulness. Pottery is a popular meditative craft and drawing on the traditions of hand making, Lucy has created 20 modern makes with air dry and polymer clay.
Drawing Is for Everyone by Kateri Ewing
Simple Lessons to Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit--Explore Infinite Creative Possibilities in Graphite, Colored Pencil, and Ink // Artist Kateri Ewing guides you through a series of simple creative drawing projects using a soulful, meditative, and reflective process. There are lessons in drawing with graphite pencil, colored pencil, and ink. Whether you’re drawing for the first time or are an experienced artist, you’ll discover and deepen your creative potential through these exercises.
Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke
The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am // A Pan Am stewardesses’ role in the Vietnam War, as the airline added runs from Saigon to Hong Kong for planeloads of weary young soldiers straight from the battlefields, who were off for five days of R&R, and then flown back to war. Finally, with the evacuation of 2,000 children during the fall of Saigon. Set on stewardesses as they embraced the liberation of their new jet-set life.
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Tag(s): women, Vietnam War, spies, special ops, self improvement, self help, nonfiction, mindfulness, history, book notes, aviation, arts and crafts
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 23, 2021 at 10:27 AM by Genesis Gaule
As you’re lacing up your shoes, ready to go outside and enjoy the sunny day, you see a bright flash and then – one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi – hear the low rumble of thunder. Rain? Today?! What a bummer! Lucky for you, your grown-up has just come back from the library and has a whole bunch of books they promise will keep you busy. Let’s see what they have, shall we?
Bigfoot: Spotted At World-Famous Landmarks by D.L. Miller (Easy 001.944 MILLER) You take a peek inside this book. Oh! Look at the detailed pictures! And you have to find a teeny tiny Bigfoot hidden in each picture! These are just like mom’s falling apart, old Where’s Waldo books, but cooler and new. You could spend hours looking for Bigfoot, footprints, tour guides, and more. As you turn the page, you see that there’s facts, history, and real pictures of each world-famous landmark that Bigfoot visits. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty’s index finger is 8 feet long?
After you’ve found all of the Bigfoots, you turn to a goofy looking chapter book: Your Very Own Robot Goes Cuckoo-Bananas! by R.A. Montgomery (Junior MONTGOMERY) Hmm…The first page says “Read this first!!! Watch out! This book is different than every book you’ve ever read. YOU get to choose what happens next—and even how the story will end.” You like this idea. Nobody ever lets you choose anything. So you start reading about a whacky robot and his faithful kid until two things happen at the same time. Do you a. run toward the sound of a braking car? or b. go to Robot Cloning classes? For A. go to page 8, for B. page 10. You get to choose what happens through the whole book! You can even go back and re-read to see what COULD have happened. This is cool!
Okay, those were neat, but you’re getting a little antsy since you had to sit still for SO LONG. Your grown-up grabs Locomotion: March, Hop, Skip, Gallop, Run by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Beth Hughes (Easy 612.78 DAHL) and queues up some music from the book on their phone! You can read AND move along with the book!
When you’ve made it through the whole book, your heart is racing. Your grown-up suggests that you try out Unicorn Yoga by Gina Cascone & Bryony Williams Sheppard, illustrated by Jennifer Sattler (Easy 613.7 CASCONE) to cool you off. Cat pose, cow pose, tiger and plank, there’s even one especially for you: child’s pose!
Whew! That was hard work. Good thing it’s time for lunch! You’re famished. You pull out Fish and Fowl: Easy and Awesome Sandwiches for Kids by Alison Deering and Bob Lentz (Easy 641.84 DEERING) and start paging through. Lox? EW! Tuna melt? Maybe. Chicken and waffles! YES! Your grown-up helps you gather ingredients and uses the oven to heat up the chicken. You toast the waffles, add some cheese, honey mustard and lettuce and then put it all together. YUM.
Now that you’ve refueled, you want to do something hands-on. You pull the last book out of the library tote bag. The Secret Files of Professor L. Otto Funn: Or Stop Being a Slug, Open This Book, and Make Your Brain Happy (745.5 GORS). This looks like fun, or should you say FUNN? You look through the projects and choose three to do: The Crayon Rock Cycle, Create Your Own Masterpiece, and Minotaur Mask. Your grown-up asks if you deliberately chose the messiest projects. (You did). You creates new things from old things and learn about earth science, painting, and mythology along the way.
The next thing you know, it’s time to clean up for supper. Where did the time go? You ask your grown-up about the forecast for tomorrow. Will there be rain again?
Tag(s): yoga, sports and recreation, recommendations, look-and-find, junior fiction, easy nonfiction, cooking, choose your own adventure, arts and crafts, article, Andrea Lorenz