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

See the Light Ornaments

The collection is now complete and ready for you to order! It obviously didn’t go as planned (making one per month — sorry about that), but I couldn’t end the year without fulfilling this promise. It honestly was weighing on my mind. I felt guilty every time I posted one of my ‘for sale’ projects before a new ornament — I know, silly.

As you’ll see, the See the Light Ornaments set includes a couple of designs that don’t follow the pattern that I established from the start. The gingerbread man and Santa were ideas that I started to fiddle with a few weeks ago. I left the files unfinished on my computer for a few days while I thought about them. I wasn’t sure if it was more important to make the set all matchy-matchy or it didn’t matter at all (I can get so bogged down in details sometimes!). In the end, I decided that it would be fun to include designs that could be made with kids. I imagine them adding a lot of glitter — for some really messy crafting time – ha!

My top nine picks are in the photo above. But my absolute favorite is the last one — the manger. It just came so easily to me. It’s simple but says so much too.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoy making them and remember they don’t have to be just ornaments. They can also be used as gift toppers or parts of a mobile (I can see it already – so fun!) — and I obviously prefer white but who says all the other color options shouldn’t come in to play? They’re all yours to make them your own. Enjoy!

A group project for all of us to enjoy

I’ve been wanting to come up with a long-term project for a long time but I could never settle on a concrete idea or a theme. As I was working on these ornaments for the shop the thought hit me — this is the theme!

The plan is to offer one design per month throughout 2017. The projects will be called the See the Light Ornaments because they will all be ornaments (even though you may not want to even hear that word after the next couple of weeks – lol!). By the end of 2017 we’ll have these four ornaments plus the twelve we’ll work on next year, for a total of sixteen ornaments. My thought is that if you make two of each of the ornaments you’ll have 32 ornaments for next year’s tree!

Why See the Light?
I was trying to come up with a name for the collection and all I had was the word “ornaments” — so creative, I know. My daughter, Catalina, happened to come by when I was trying to figure out what to call this whole thing. I told her what I had (basically nothing!). Her back was to the place where I had the ornaments hanging for photos. All she did was turn around and in a flash, she called them See the Light. And that was it. As soon as I heard the words come out of her mouth I knew that was it. It just spoke to me on many levels. I’ve always thought that God speaks to us through others and in particular through our children. For some reason, I thought this was one of those times. I have no idea how she came up with the name but it felt special right away.

I’m not sure the name means anything specifically, but I like that it can be interpreted in different ways by different people. I’ve thought about it and I’ve adopted the idea that we ‘see the light’ of creativity through working with our hands. We’re transported to a different mood, feeling and state of being — calm and quiet — light. At least that’s my hope for you — for all of us. That’s why I do all this crazy paper thing — to share my creative moments with you through all these projects.

So, if you’d like to join in the fun please feel free to download the files here.  (Update: these files are no longer free downloads)

Once you’ve created your ornament I hope you feel comfortable enough to share with the rest of us! If you do, use the hashtag #seethelight so we can enjoy your creations.

I hope you enjoy the project and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Get the project here:  See the Light Ornaments