NEWS - HOT OFF THE PRESS: As well as the lovely Craftivists prizes, we'll also be giving away one of our DIY Mamas' Retreat Kits - the perfect treat for you to give your mama friends in 2015... To enter, just tweet using #somum during the Make Date.
We'll be on twitter from 8.30pm - 10pm GMT on Wednesday (you can find world times here), and we'd love to see you there (we dont mind whether you manage to create with us, before or after, or not at all...)
Just use #somum to find us and add it to your tweets so we can find you.
When you've made something, share a photo of it with us in our GALLERY here (along with any thoughts you've had while making it, we'd love to know!). You can also use the Craftivist's app to upload your image, AND of course send them what you make to add to the actual garden.
How's your general well-being today?
Maybe it's the change in the seasons, (or the time of the month!), but at the end of last week, as the wind blew a hoolie and leaves skeeted madly across the road, I found myself shifting quickly between elation and weeping all over my computer keys. Do you have days like that? What helps you to feel better when you do?
Chocolate, cake or wine and a bit of telly sometimes helps me. Sometimes it doesn't. More often than not, sleep (ah yes those elusive days of a lie-in...) seems to be the best cure. Stepping away from the screens around me (for me, that's sometimes even harder to achieve than a lie-in) is also good. And once I'm rested, doing a bit of creating, writing or dancing works a treat.
After that it's back to juggling work and motherhood and trying to keep all the plates spinning in the lead up to Christmas. Phewee.
As mums, we work so hard on getting the next generation to bloom, and ensuring everyone else is OK, we need to make sure we're thinking about our own well-being too. Let's remind each other of that with a bit of happiness activism through craft...
So what are we supposed to be doing again?
We're knitting, crocheting or sewing a simple flower to represent us on a huge garden filled with flowers from all over the UK. And while we do that, we're thinking about our well-being, and the well-being of others - in fact, to coin the Craftivists' own hashtag, we're #wellMAKING
All around the country, crafters are busily pondering what well-being means to them while we embroider, knit or crochet flowers to add to a growing Craftivists Garden. There's even an app where you can share your thoughts and show the world exactly where your very own flower is growing.
You can find out more and share your creation with us over here. There's a simple template to download from the gallery page that explains everything much better than I can!
It's a UK project, but if you're not in the UK, you can still join the conversation and share your flower with us as we'd love to see it!
Win Craftivist prizes!
We'll be choosing five random winners from everyone tweeting us with #somum in their tweets during the #somum Make Date on 10 December to win a Craftivists' Garden kit (and your very own Craftivists badge!).
And you don't have to be good at it! I can't knit, or crochet, and can barely sew, so I've gone for the embroidered option (as you can see above!).
I'm not sure you can actually read any of my 'embroidered' words*, but I loved the process of sitting and thinking and making - sometimes on my own pondering the Craftivists' questions about what well-being means to me, and sometimes with my kids watching and having a go at my side.
* if you're curious, well-being to me involves feeling heard, fed, safe, hopeful, loved and of course, creating...
We'll also be giving away one of our fabulous digital retreat kits so that you can focus on your well-being and make some precious Mama Me-Time in 2015.
Give it to a mama you love, or host your own little retreat in January to start the year with some nurturing inspiration.
How about giving your friends some of the printable retreat invitations from the kit as a really thoughtful and inexpensive Christmas present...?
What is a #somum Make Date?
It's a chance for mums to get together on twitter and tweet while we attempt to do something creative - like doodling, taking a photo, writing poetry, making stuff or even squidging plasticine.
We give ourselves some creative me-time and connect with other lovely mums. We do it every second Wednesday of the month and we would love you to join us. New friends are always very welcome.
You don't have to be a clever crafter, an artist or wordsmith. We're all about having a go regardless of talent or experience. Most of all, it's about getting together and having fun.
If you just want to chat, that's completely fine. If you just want to make something and lurk and never tell us you're there, that's fine too. We're just happy you're making time for you.
Full official competition rules below...
- Duplicate accounts, automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified
- Winners will be chosen at random from all those tweeting using #somum between 20.30 GMT and 22.00 GMT on 10 December 2014.
- The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The competition will run from 20.30 BST and 22.00 BST on 10 December 2014 in Great Britain.
- Story of mum is compliant with the data protection act. While we will share the twitter names of winners and their tweets with great excitement, we will not pass on any other details to any third party without your prior consent.
Photo of kit by Tom Alprice of www.tomalprice.com