The Show Opening
The Mixed Messages Book
SUEDEsays Patterns for Simplicity
Heart Felt Card by Lisa Fulmer
Tiny Gift Box by Rebecca E. Parsons
Box of Chocolates by Candace Jedrowicz
These chocolates are the best! Celebrate JOY with these no-calorie polymer clay chocolates. As featured on Mixin’ it Up with Rebecca LIVE internet TV – Polymer Clay Chocolates by Candace Jedrowicz
I started making polymer clay chocolates in decorated boxes last year and I’m totally in love with this medium! It makes sense for me to represent my “word” for the new year with a chocolate box. My word, as you can see, is JOY!
I’ve been practicing joy for a while now. How do you practice joy? Let me tell you! Just close your eyes…not yet! Read the next part first. Think of something that makes you feel happy, but not just happy, full-on gleeful. Hold that thought while you take inventory of your body and mind. How do your toes feel? How does you belly feel? Is your mind relaxed and completely focused on joy? If not, try to fill your mind completely with just that joyful thought. As other stressful or doubtful thoughts pop up, give yourself permission to let them go for now. When you are so familiar with the joyful state of body and mind, place reminders where you will see them all day. Post It Notes with the word joy, or whatever word you want to use, on mirrors, fridge, dashboard, etc., will reinforce your practice. My favorite practice is when I wake up. I stretch and feel my comfy bed, pat my dog and lay my face on my honey’s arm and think how fabulously blessed I am, how grateful I am to be. Just being is enough to be joyful about!
Making a Joy Chocolate Box is an important expression of joy. Any mindful action you take helps to bring your aspirations to life. This project cements my intentions by giving them a physical form. I included representations of many of the things I associate with joy. As you read each step, I hope you’ll be envisioning your own chocolate box, or any creative expression of your own “word” for the new year.