No, I don’t paint while driving but I did bring craft supplies on our Yosemite/Gold Country vacation. We didn’t have the whole trip planned out and I find crafting very relaxing, so I wanted to be prepared to get creative if the opportunity came up.
One afternoon we strolled through Jamestown and I found a few interesting bits of paper ephemera for sale, items that were originally meant to be discarded, like tickets or menus, but have become collectibles.
I bought an April, 1938 local bus schedule for Iowa and Illinois, an order book from Rosa Baking Company circa 1937 and a one-inch map of South East London published in 1946 that has “Jim’s” written on it. I also purchased a few postcards and picked up brochures of places we were visiting.
One afternoon I asked Rem if he’d mind a break from sightseeing and he was very accommodating to my desire for craft time. He watched a movie while I spread my supplies out in the dining room of the Sonora Inn and put together these two Art Journal pages.
A shuttle map, a postcard and a photo from a local travel magazine filled the pages for this Yosemite spread. I covered a little tag and added a bird sticker and some color.
For this Sonora spread, I used a Little Red Church picture from a brochure, and other bits and pieces to pick up the red color including craft paper and washi tape that I brought along.
Business cards, labels and brochures bring back memories from our relaxing and scenic trip.
After we returned home, my mom requested a card and I used some of the ephemera I’d picked up in Jamestown for this tag card.
The low-key afternoon of crafting was a chance to sort through my old and new supplies and create something that included pieces picked up along the way. It was also a nice change-of-pace from walking around and exploring Sonora and the area and some time alone. This combination of being on vacation, a relaxed schedule and a few creative hours with paper and glue made me feel a peaceful happiness. What more could I ask for?
Thanks for your visit.