Simple: yes and no

I called this Signature Collection project Simple Petals but it was anything but simple. I started with the white tall lantern. I didn’t think it would go past that until one afternoon I started wondering what a six-sided version would look like, then cards, then boxes, and then more candle cover type pieces. I just kept going. I have more ideas but I had to stop at some point — ha!

This project took me longer than usual because I’m really trying to reign in my night owl tendencies. I can go overboard with my terrible sleeping habits. If I’m focused on a project I can easily keep going and going and not realize that ‘all of a sudden’ it’s 5 am — and I only notice because it’s lighter outside. Oops! Fortunately, I really don’t do that during the week — the responsibility of a full-time job prevents me from doing that. Needless to say, I’m very excited that Simple Petals is out in the world now.

I feel like it’s the inevitable point I was going to reach after all the reading I’ve been doing on meditation and mindfulness during the last couple of months. My word for the year also happens to be “present”. How does that all relate to this project? I’m not sure but at some point, I thought of candlelight and how peaceful it is and I recalled that I’d been wanting to create a new lantern for a while — and voila!

If you feel like I’m narrating how my mind made some skips and jumps during the last few weeks you’d be right. That’s how creativity goes.

And here’s one more skip. Recently, someone asked me why I still do what I do while having a full-time job. The selfish answer is that while I’m working on these projects I relax and my mind goes into a quiet very calm place — and it doesn’t hurt to earn a little something extra while sharing my ideas.

The less selfish side of me feels such accomplishment (it actually thrills me to my core) when I get emails from people that buy my files and the stories they tell me about how they will use my work. The latest small but amazing story — one of my customers bought a paper quilt to use each square as a wayfinding system in an Alzheimer’s home. Be still my heart. Never in a million years would I have thought that my paper creations could help people in such a way. How can I stop when I hear something like that?

My wish for you today is that whether you work on something like this set or any other crafty endeavor that you gain some of the peace I enjoy when being creative. May your story include hops and skips that take your mind to calm places, new stories, and maybe sweet paper ideas. It’s really that simple.

Following my North Star

North Star Shadow Gift Boxes by Patricia Zapata for A Little Hut

You know when you have that feeling that you’re on the right track with something you’re doing, with how you’re life is going? That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. I’m so grateful because the times I haven’t felt that way are so disconcerting — like walking in the dark. I’ve been walking with light — knowing that I’m doing what I should be doing. I’ve been truly following my North Star.

When I felt it was time to come up with a holiday project and I started sketching ideas and the star kept coming up over and over again. Was it a reaffirming sign? I don’t know. But it felt right.

The North Star Shadow Gift Box collection includes two cards, a hang tag, and a letter-sized printable pattern surprise. I’m still working on getting the large North Star box (seen below) set up for the shop.

 

North Star Shadow Gift Box and North Star Box

 

It feels like I got my paper making groove back. After a crazy busy summer, I finally feel a little more ‘normal’ when I get home and with enough energy to tackle something creative. I think I’m just more of a fall/spring type of person. The summer just kicks me! Funny that I live in a city where it seems like it’s summer for 80% of the year – ha!

I hope you enjoy this collection and the little quote I found about just being you…

 

“The way to find your own North Star is not to think or feel your way forward but to dissolve the thoughts and feeling that make you miserable. You don’t have to learn your destiny–you already know it; you just have to unlearn the thoughts that blind you to what you know.”
Martha Beck

Grateful

In the midst of working on this project, I heard about a large group of artists and employees being laid off from a company that shut its doors without any warning — no paychecks, severance… nothing. I can’t even imagine going through something like that. This type of news makes me reflect and renews my feelings of gratitude. I may get frustrated because I can’t keep up with posting here regularly but that’s because I have a day job and there are only so many hours in a day, right? A Little Hut is something that happens in the evenings and on weekends — and that’s ok. The fact that I DO have a full-time job (aka steady income) allows me to continue working here and doing my own thing. That’s a huge blessing.

My Whimsy Flowers Card Set or anything I make wouldn’t be as whimsy if I didn’t have peace of mind. That’s the thing with creativity. It flows when the rest of my world is ok. I hope that it flows for you once you start creating with my work. That’s always been my intent. Who can think of problems when they’re crafting? I can’t — thank goodness! I think it’s become particularly important to have some time to get away from the online, TV world. There is simply too much out there and many days it’s just too negative, counterproductive and silly. The peace of just making something (maybe with a few favorite songs or a movie playing in the background) is just the perfect therapy for the everyday grind.

 

The peace of making and spreading that is what keeps me going with A Little Hut — really. I revisited the intent and mission I have with this site once again (nothing new for those of you that have been around here long enough). It’s something that I periodically do. I don’t want to do subpar work. You deserve better and I just can’t stand showing up with something half-baked. Yes, I’m still hanging around. I’ll stop when I feel like I have to move on or I can’t contribute something meaningful. It’s still feeling good. I hope it is for you too.

Having said that, sometimes I wonder what you’d like to see from me and sometimes I get a little stuck with what I should make next. Are there any particular projects that you’d like me to tackle? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Have a great week everyone!

Available in the shop now:
Whimsy Flowers Card Set
Inset Flower Gift Box