On a bit of a whim, I created my wall of love, memories, creativity, and inspiration yesterday. I guess the best creative projects are done on such a whim: the creation comes directly from the heart, no overthinking. It just flows.
I had a selection of photos of Hugo remaining from ones we had got printed to put in frames around our home, and to give as presents to friends and family. Armed with numerous rolls of multi-coloured washi tape and pretty, brightly-coloured cards from a recent stationery haul, I got creating.
The photos are fixed to the wall with multi-coloured star print washi tape. I enjoyed matching the washi print to the theme of the cards, too.
The cards around the photographs are by Simple Stories from the beautiful Hey Little Magpie online stationery shop, and some of the washi tape is from there too (others are from various Etsy stores). The vertical lines of cards on the outside of the photo collage are freebies from Flow Magazine.
While nothing can bring back Hugo, nothing can replace Hugo, and nothing can repair my heartbreak, the wall helps me to focus on all that is positive about our time together. My beautiful little boy. How much Hugo and I loved our skin-to-skin cuddles. The love that me, Martin and Hugo – are little family – have for each other.
We treasure those memories.
Nothing can take those memories away.
Following a very difficult few days, I found creating the collage very therapeutic.
Figuring out the order and setting of the photos and cards, and cutting neat sections of washi tape was a pleasure. I was able to turn off my brain for a while and focus entirely on being creative making something beautiful in tribute to my Hugo, who is the inspiration for so much of what I do.
##A perfect self-care activity.
In positive psychology, this is a concept known as ‘flow’. The concept (also known as ‘being in the zone’) is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterised by complete absorption in what one does. The concept was named by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (the most wonderful, extraordinary name I have no idea how to pronounce).
It has encouraged me to indulge in more crafting: besides colouring-in, I love playing around making beautiful things. Watch this space!