Embrace Unveiling on MLK day

Attending the historic unveiling of The Embrace statue.

I can’t remember when I first heard about the creation of this amazing statue that would be located in Boston, Massachusetts but I remember thinking, I want to be there when they unveil it.

That wish came true on Friday, January 13, just a few days before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I wanted my family to attend for so many reasons so we made it happen. My oldest son took an Uber and met my husband, my youngest son and I in Boston and we walked over to the event. I did not know you had to have tickets to be very close to the unveiling because they had a lot of dignitaries in attendance including MLK III, his wife and daughter. They had music and many motivating speeches by local politicians including the amazing Ayana Pressley. There was so many people from all different backgrounds that were outside the main area that just wanted to celebrate and witness the unveiling. It was a beautiful sight to see.

We will visit the statue again many times in the future to rejoice and reflect. I will share more photos when we visit again and can capture more photos of this amazing statue.

I highly recommend that you take a trip and see this amazing monument in person. It will not disappoint.

Have a lovely day!

Sneak Peek From My Christmas Craft Haul

A pile of craft goodness!

Hello! I hope you are find at least one thing that brings you joy today. Today I wanted to share a photo of a pile of some of the crafty goodness that I gifted myself with for Christmas. Every year, I pick a few things off my wish list and buy them for Christmas. As they arrive, I place them in a bag and won’t open them until after Christmas. This year I focused on some tools and loads of coloring products. Over the next few weeks I will open them and show you how I plan to use them.

A better look at some of the items I bought.

I picked out coloring (pencil and watercolor) items, some stuff for my bullet journaling and a really cool tool that I can’t wait to show you. I like to try different brands as well as different grade crafting supplies to see what I enjoy using.

I am always inspired to create when I see swatches of color mediums. Next week I will share some swatching of some of the new paints I purchased. I will be trying some new brushes that I bought last year and use them on some new cotton watercolor paper. So come back next week to have a look.

In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and I hope you find something fun to create!

Happy New Year!

Time to plan.

Happy New Year! I’m back!!! I feel like 2022 flew by but I am looking forward to my creative journey in 2023. I have my design planner and calender out to set some structure to my workflow. I took much of November and all of December to reflect and begin to identify what I want my creative play to look like for 2023.

One thing that I would like to see is some enduring consistency with posts on this blog. I am thinking that I might have set my goal too high last year with three posts a week. So I am going to aim for two, sometimes might be three but definitely one a week. I want to continue to share both my Belinda’s Crafts work with Inside my Studio but I also would like to share my creative journey with various mediums. I have some new series in mind, one of which will be called, Product Play Wednesday where I will share photos, tips, trials and errors with new products I acquire in my creative space.

This year I feel like I want to dive into painting and watercolor. It is a medium that has presented a little anxiety for me in the past. I think I shy away from the unpredictable aspects but that is exactly what I want to conquer and let myself have fun. So I have acquired some great products to sink into it. I would like to learn how to use it alone and then work to combine it with my color pencils.

Another area I would like to explore deeply is papercrafting (3D and papercutting with kirigami art). I have had some really cool project ideas I put on the back burner far too long. So do come back to see me fail often but have some fun in the process.

I hope you had a lovely holiday season and look forward to some creative bliss in 2023!

Happy crafting!

Close up with King Tutankhamun

Happy Monday! On this clold cloudy day I thought I would share some photos from my recent visit to see The King Tut Immersion Experience. I knew as soon as I saw the advertising for this exhibit in late summer that I had to go to see this with my family. So I quickly reserved some tickets for September to avoid the summer crowds

I don’t know how the facination with King Tut has remained so strong all these years but I know I am not alone whenever I hear something about him and his civilization whether it be a documentary or an exhibit.

My son doesn’t like me to post his picture so it’s only my husband and I in the photos.

There was a mixture of physical items and large projections. It was a really unique way to present the life of this boy king that was very engaging.

Another way this exhibit was different from the ones I visited in the past. The way that the information was presented was utilizing the entire ceiling to floor space in this warehouse in such a unique way. We took my youngest son and I think we all agreed that the exhibit lived up to the hype. The finale was like being at something created at Disney World where we were in the center of the room and the imagery and audio was presented 360 degrees so you couldn’t help but get excited. And just like a great Disney experience, they lead you right into the gift shop before you can exit. Despite my resistance, we all found a couple items we just had to have.

I am so happy we added this to our weekend adventures list. I think the three of us won’t forget this truly unique experience that provided a glimpse into the life and discovery of King Tutankhamun.

Happy Monday!

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