there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood,
real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost, if
you continue to see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much
knowledge or education you have, no matter how much material progress
is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue.”
Love. What does it mean to love? Does it mean flowers and chocolate?
Does it mean I should change who I am for you?
Love. First we must define what love is within ourselves. If we are to
find love for another person, we must define it within ourselves.
The Christian bible says that we are to love our enemies as we love
ourselves. So I guess that’s a good way of looking it. I don’t really
read the bible much, but some of you faithful readers may recall me
mentioning that I grew up in a very religious home. The one thing that
always stuck out for me was this verse.
Love means first defining it in yourself.
I was reading somewhere that the way you treat others is the way you
are treating yourself. Almost like karma. You know? If you inspire
someone to create art, then in turn, you’ll feel inspired as well. If
you open doors for someone, doors will open for you. But all of this
begins with love within, and for yourself. Love opens doors.
So for today’s crafty endeavor, I made something really friggin
I love it. It’s just the top of a child’s shoe box, cut off and painted
Then the matroyshka dolls are glittered and sprayed with plenty o’
varnish. I mean lots. Then the butterflies are just cut out from some
vintage clip art I had lying around. Each doll represents a different
wish. The dolls can open up, and inside one can place things you wish
So in the love doll, I can place a picture of my daughter, of my
husband and I…
In the hope jar, I would place something that represents my hopes.
You should make one! I had so much fun glittering these dolls. Glitter
is so soothing to look at and work with.
I loved this project so much! I want to make a whole bunch. It’s gotten
so that my daughter now grabs stuff around the house and says, “mommy
put glitter on this, it’s better”. Funny, right?
Peace, love, and glitter!