Heart-Mind Well-Being Made of Felt Art at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

Eva's Frog's Jump for Joy

Eva’s Frogs Jump for Joy

Sometimes as adults we forget what it means how important it is to play, have fun and let our creativity guide us. On the evening of Thursday, February 26th, 2015 Eva, who is our Community Outreach Coordinator, invited us to a Felt Board Workshop which was led by Rhea. Both these cool ladies orchestrated a really fun filled night, and the workshop really made us all feel like we were kids again for a couple of hours.

Just Being a Kid

Just Being a Kid – Rhea’s daughter joined us too and created a very imaginative board showing us how to just enjoy being a kid.

When we walked into the room, which is becoming very homey and familiar to us, we were greeted with the smiles of women who are becoming friends. The tables were pushed together and there was felt everywhere! Stickers and glue and glitter markers and material and all kinds of crafty things covered the tables, which at first  filled us with a little bit of trepidation but eager anticipation as well. What were we going to do tonight? It was a little bit of a mystery.

Rhea's Felt Board Workshop

Rhea’s Felt Board Workshop – Rhea breaking the ice and showing us a felt board she created just for us.

Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice – Another of Rhea’s cool felt story boards that helped inspire us to create our own.

Eva introduced Rhea to us, and Rhea showed us a little something that she had created with felt — a storyboard — which broke the ice. We all had an ‘aha’ moment that said this was going to be a really laid back, felt kind of night filled with the freedom of expression. And when you’re given that kind of freedom anything can happen and great and wonderful things can occur.

Countdown to Fun

Countdown to Fun

So instead of breaking into groups we were asked to create something independently. We had been used to being in groups so this was a little bit different than what we were used to, and I found it to be a little bit daunting at first if I’m being perfectly honest. But after about 10 minutes of getting comfortable and getting our feet wet so to speak, the ideas started to flow.

Creativity Expressed in Felt Art

Creativity Expressed in Felt Art

As the night went on these individual stories made of felt began to emerge and they were as unique as everyone in the room. They were these magnificent felt stories and everyone had a special story to tell. Each story was centered around love and compassion and caring and kindness held together by the Heart-Mind Well-Being philosophy. It was great just to see everyone being so relaxed and open, sharing thoughts and memories and ideas and laughter — lots of laughter. It was just such a wonderful place to be that night and I think that all of the women that were there forgot their worries for a couple hours. And maybe it brought us back to a freer time in our lives when we were just kids and joy and compassion and positivity came easier to us because we weren’t filled with the worries and responsibilities of adulthood.

Frog Hollow's Happy Frogs

Frog Hollow’s Happy Frogs

So thank you Eva and Rhea for such a great night!

Check out our pictures of the activities, taken once again by the talented Jennie Yuen, so you can get an idea of the Heart-Mind Well-Being Felt Art night we enjoyed at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House.

The Kind Fox and the Happy Gingerbread Man Fable

The Kind Fox and the Happy Gingerbread Man Fable

Happy Felt Frogs

Happy Felt Frogs

Felt Board Creativity

Felt Board Creativity – The fun thing about felt is that felt just sticks to felt without glue. So every object on the felt board can be rearranged and moved again and again! You can even stick paper printouts or patterned material to felt by ironing a special material between the felt and either the paper or material so you can put virtually anything you want on felt. Isn’t that cool?

The Wonder of Creativity

The Wonder of Creativity

The surprising thing that’s happening — I mean, intellectually we know that this is what we wanted to happen, but if we’re coming from a heart-minded perspective which is really what this is all about, we find that we’re connecting first from the heart and then the mind follows. And it’s a really great feeling when you experience this happening and you see the joy that unfolds in these interactions. It’s a really beautiful and amazing, joyful thing. And that’s the whole reason we’re doing this.

Making of Itsy Bitsy Spider in Felt

Making of a Not So Itsy Bitsy Spider in Felt

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Not So Itsy Bitsy Spider

An Itsy Bitsy Spider Song

An Itsy Bitsy Spider song made of felt.

Itsy Bitsy Spider Felt Board

Carrie’s wonderful Itsy Bitsy Spider Felt Board.

So stay tuned because I’m sure there’s more awesome and fun things to come. Hope you enjoyed our photos and if you have any questions, comments or ideas you’d like to add, share or see posted here reach out to us because we love to hear from you. This is something we really hope you’d like to hear more about and take part in. Just let us know in the comments below or call or email us or drop in for a visit. And of course as always if you’d like to volunteer we’d love to have you.

About Kyra Dawson

Kyra is a writer, blogger, dreamer and film loving gamer girl who always believes one must trust their instincts. She is passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community and especially loves spending time with her family. She spends a lot of time in Norngard and delights in weaving stories that take readers to realms and worlds both magical and far and away. A published author, Kyra is hard at work writing 'The Books of Norngard', a Young Adult series of books in the Fantasy genre. Follow her on Twitter @KyraDawson and read 'The Beautiful Forbidden', Book 1 in 'The Books of Norngard' series at http://kyradawson.com/category/read-the-beautiful-forbidden/ and at https://www.wattpad.com/story/84732732-the-beautiful-forbidden on Wattpad.
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5 Responses to Heart-Mind Well-Being Made of Felt Art at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

  1. eva aboud says:

    I really enjoyed the evening especially making those little frogs. Creating the felt board as I went along felt a bit like a mystery not knowing exactly what would come out of it but in the end the hearts represented the lily pads where the frogs hopped to the familiar song we sing in the drop in, “Five little ducks went swimming one day”.
    In this case I applied the 5 domains and sang:
    “5 little frogs went hopping one day, over the hills and far away, mother frog said,” I love you” and baby frog said, “ I love you too”.
    4 little frogs went hopping one day, over the hills and far away, Mother frog said take care of your brothers and baby frog said, “I promise mother”.
    3 little frogs went hopping one day, over the hills and far away, mother frog said “be careful now” and baby frog said “watch me how”.
    Still needs to work on it but you get the idea.
    Thank you Rhea for the wonderful workshop
    I loved it!!

  2. Kyra Dawson says:

    Hi Eva!
    It really did feel like a bit of a mystery in the beginning, didn’t it? Lol. I loved your idea. I think it’s just so awesome to see how creative and open we can be when we let our guards down. What a fun catchy little tune. And how perfect were those frogs? More Frog Hollow fun! 🙂

  3. Fan L. says:

    I like your amazing felt art works. They’re so lovely!

  4. Kyra Dawson says:

    Thank you Fan! It was such a fun night.

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