The Work/Life Balance

In order to enhance the quality of my work life, and also to concentrate the endless conversations about the subject into a monthly event, I invented the Craft Council. We're a group of crafty people who meet the last Tuesday of every month on our lunch break and talk about crafty things, make crafty things and plan crafty things. We have a lot of varied talents in the group and I'm SO EXCITED each time we meet. This month I took the reins, as I often do, and hosted this:


It was a huge success and we're going to do it again (and maybe even again)...people didn't want to leave! I didn't want to leave either, honestly. Here are a few photos from the day.

The group working feverishly to complete their lovely creations!

Lene's brooch!

Lindsay's magnet*

 My feathery purple brooch

All of the brooches were inspired by the tutorials I linked in this post. It feels really awesome to pull together a bunch of creative people once a month and make something. Not only does it break up the monotony of the day, but it also makes it feel like work is a more well-rounded, inspiring place to be. We hope to meet in the next few weeks for another round of brooches. I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, why don't you think about setting up your own Craft Council at work?! It just takes a few e-mails, a little bit of scheduling, and some willing participants. You'd be surprised how many people want to share and swap supplies, and you can even channel the talents of the group to something good. We hope to do something positive with our group's talents, hopefully by the winter holidays, like knitting squares for a blanket, knitting baby hats for a local hospital or presents for a nursing home or preschool. We also encourage members to bring craft supplies they're no longer using to swap or give away at each meeting. Twice annually we're going to donate all the leftovers to a local art program or the child development center on campus.

* I brought round magnets to adhere to the back for those folks who didn't want to wear their creations.

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