Every day, In every way...

Sometimes I think making crafty street art is a very strange hobby. I spend hours stitching up new projects, display them at home for a couple days and then release them to the wilds. I cant say exactly what drives it all except the desire to surprise and delight. Today though, my crafty street art has purpose, and that is to surprise, delight and conduct a scientific experiment!Somewhere in Thailand I realized the great potential of street art to communicate ideas about anything and everything, but ideas around wellness are what got me excited. Do you remember the Hoppiness Frog and when I craft-bombed my spouse with his mantra, Will Can Do?img_1265I have long been fascinated by the idea of using Positive Psychology and loving self talk to promote an optimal state of being. And of course, my crafty street art provides a fun and unique way to think about and then share these ideas with everyone (and their dog).I came across this affirmation while reading a book by Tony Robbins and it took me aback. It's such a powerful idea that it could almost be frightening to engage with. The flip side is, by engaging with it, I allow myself to take on an attitude of continual growth and development-which is essential in setting goals and dealing with setbacks.IMG_1654This mantra is actually ascribed to Emile Coue, a psychologist and pharmacist who 'prescribed' it, as a form of auto-suggestion, to clients in the early 1900's to promote self healing. He believed that a daily, twenty minute regiment repeating this mantra, combined with medication, could dramatically improve physical and mental ailments. Proponents of the field of Positive Psychology would take this a step further and suggest that it's a strategy to promote not just healing, but flourishing!The theory behind both schools of thought is that any idea that exclusively occupies the mind turns to reality. I love this stuff and figure that regardless of whether it's  proven to the highest of scientific standards, it's fun to think about.IMG_1732That said, I've decided to run my own, Twillingate-based experiment to get to the bottom of this. What do you think? Would your thoughts and belief about yourself change if you repeated this to youself each day? Could it then result in a quantifiable improvement in your health and well-being?IMG_1488This crafty street art is placed at the top of the hill connecting Twillingate and Durrell. It overlooks the harbour and Twill-town and given the amazing vista, is a popular walking route. I've changed my commute to pass it each morning, and must admit, feel wonderful while repeating it with emotional intensity the rest of my drive! IMG_1807It's only been up a week now, so I can't officially comment on it's effects but so far, it's looking very positive!

Crafting A Mantra: Will Can Do

Wisdom bomb, mantra bomb, craftbomb...I dont know what to call it but I like it! I heard a quote recently about how if you knew how powerful your thoughts were, you'd never have a negative thought again. This newest 'craftbomb' is inspired by this idea.I often use symbols in my crafty street art to spread an idea or message but rarely words. This is partly because I have been travelling through Asia where English is not the primary language; but also because knitted shapes are able to communicate non-verbally rather well. That said, my knitting mojo has been low since I finished the yarnbomb for Vietnam, so I needed to switch things up. Fortunately, my backpack-crafting kit is able to accommodate both knitting and embroidery and I had a project on back order. FYI: Embroidery is an excellent craft for long term travel on account of its very impressive portability. One additional point for Embroidery please!img_1264Now back to the importance of words. Words have a powerful effect on us, both consciously and subconsciously. Some people leverage this wisdom, by repeating valuable and empowering messages, or mantras to themselves during times of frustration or struggle. It may not seem like a radical technique, but you can be sure it's an effective one. In the short-term, you have a strategy that can boost your energy and morale when you're ready to give up. In the long-term, your consistent efforts pay off in the form of an empowered world view. Whats not to love about that?img_1265These two shirts were completed on request by my favourite bearded man. They aren't my typical, street-arts and craft style, but they do trumpet a message for all to see. My hope is that they prime everyone who sees them to think positive, empowering thoughts. Just having them around the bungalow has definitely been an inspiring force for me. I've been applying the Will Can Do mantra to my crafting goals (and challenges) and come out feeling very ambitious. If you want a visual of the power of positive thinking, check out this wild video. This little guy clearly lives by the Will Can Do philosphy *pun intended!Will Can Do is a powerful mantra, one that can both pick you up and propel you forward when you need it. Anybody out there use a mantra? If not, give Will Can Do a try next time you feel challenged and be sure to check back in with your results in the comment section below.  I am on both Twitter and Instagram and would love to hear from you.Also, I am experimenting with a new look on the blog so take a tour and let me know what you think.