We love to share valentines with dear ones in February. We also love to make valentines to share love with local communities, such as elderly homes, children’s homes, and hospitals. A simple message to know that the universe loves you just as you are is a very powerful thing, especially if you’re sick, scared, or hurting. We encourage this easy and happy gift for you to share with your neighbouring communities. There is always room for more love!
The very loving & talented toddlers in our Crayon Club made cheerful drawings on the back of these little valentine’s day cards. (A responsible paper choice is important, too.) View our little film, showing more drawings, below. As I edited the film, grouping these lovely drawings and offerings of love together, they connected to form a powerful and peaceful statement, one that I express in everything we do. If everyone loves, then everyone feels loved. For more fun ideas, for any age, check back here in our journal and for our upcoming Crayon Club book! Happy Love Day! ~Amor Milagre
Art is a wonderful way to express emotions, release, and dream. Art therapy is easy and free to try. Just pick up a crayon, pencil, paintbrush, and let go. See what amazing colours, shapes, and imagery you can explore. See how much better you feel by adding this relaxation technique into your regular routine. Unwind your mind and sleep well. We incorporate lots of healthy, therapeutic art & storytelling techniques in our original series of Classes & Clubs. Know yourself and love yourself.
There are so many people who would love a visit from a kind soul. (It’s best to visit only when you’re healthy. It’s the same for making cards to send to critically ill people. It’s always good to be mindful of the whole picture). Many nursing homes and hospitals have a space set up for colouring and crafts. They have rules for gifts. Usually they accept new gifts still in the packaging with specifics to the kinds of gifts that are allowed and loved. Art has endless possibilities. It improves memory and has a calming effect. If more people lovingly and gently visited others, who maybe don’t have many visitors, these communities might get more funding, updated interiors, which may improve health conditions, and they would definitely benefit from something new to talk, sense, and think about. They would feel more loved and listened to. Everyone has many stories in their book of life, and so many people would love to share their life with others. This kind of sharing is so inspiring, even on a subconscious level, for some, if not immediately touching the heart on a very aware level.
Helping others in ways that you can help, while setting healthy boundaries for your own health, sets off a loving chain of events into the universe. Teaching children to help others is important in forming a well rounded perspective. (Always keep a good watch over your children, in general, even when helping out. Talk to them about their experiences and help them sort emotions. Prepare them with information and tell them to ask for help if needed. Moments can feel overwhelming, so communication is key.). If we help ourselves first with basic needs, when possible, we can help others much better. If everyone helped, even a little bit, then everyone would feel more loved. Many people are resting and ill, so when you visit, consideration and empathy are always good tools to bring with you.
Some Ideas for Care Centers: Better, more natural facilities, with views of nature would help everyone want to come and spend time there. Encouragement and appreciation for the caregivers, volunteers, employees, and visitors. Safer, more ergonomic ways of lifting and moving for patients and caregivers. (So many injuries happen when transferring a patient to a bed.) Non-toxic cleaners. Open flow with lots of space for wheel chairs and rolling beds. Great security, friendly employees, and a welcoming entryway that is family friendly. If elevators are outdated with yellow flickering lights that are scary, not only for children, add natural daylight light bulbs and freshen up the elevator walls with new paint, and clear directory signage for floor layout. Well designed, beautiful, cozy, comfortable, homey shared spaces, rooms, and nooks in between the bedrooms for everyone to sit peacefully, enjoying visits, reading, or movies. Restful rooms with windows and a respectfully healthy space for each person would encourage health to improve. Small rooms designed only for the bed- and wheelchair-bound encourages diminishing health and abilities. More natural light, better updated lighting, and an air circulation system for fresh air. In house: doctors, therapists, beauticians, cooks, holistic healers, and other helpful people would greatly improve the quality of daily life for patients, caregivers, visitors, and others. It’s important to ensure that the caregivers are up to date on their qualifications, not overworked or understaffed, and kind and gentle with the patients. Ideally, if everyone helped, donated, and made care centers a healthy place to live and work, they could be a lot more affordable and less stressful for everyone involved. Another idea is safe pathways to take a walk in gardens outside. Perhaps a garden room inside for people who would greatly benefit from ‘greenhouse’ air. Feeling close to nature is so calming and connects you to the world.
Local people could take turns setting up a time to come in and share their talents: Musicians can sing or play soft, sweet songs. Artists and crafters could come and sit and paint or knit, allowing everyone to see the process. If allowed, gardeners could donate a few window boxes and patients, gardeners, and school children could plant seeds together, watching them grow every day. Herbs have calming scents. Make an environment that hugs the senses, and there will be a waiting list of excited people to come share their gifts. Read a nice story. It would be especially nice for students who ‘need’ community service for their schooling requirements to do something they love in a beautiful place.
Everyone is a baby after all, and so many people are tucked away unseen. We encourage everyone to make a positive change in the care centers just down the street or on your block. (No need to travel far in order to help someone. Though there are so many people, especially children, who do need immense and immediate help all over the world, there are probably people who also need help right next door. It’s good to go through proper channels for even a day of volunteering, even if it’s as simple as an email, so you can be accounted for). You don’t have to donate monetary things, but you can sit and listen pleasantly. That would make all the difference in someone’s day. Give what you can. Give only one afternoon. Give an afternoon every week or month. Make a garden outside the windows. Celebrate holidays. Call or email ahead to ensure healthy security. Teachers or anyone who sees someone being hurt or sees signs of someone being hurt, don’t turn a blind eye, seek help for those people. It only takes one person to try to destroy someone’s life, and it only takes one person to try to help someone’s life. Be the helper. Seek help for yourself if you need it, and keep seeking until you find it. Sadly, many people whose job it is to help can add to the existing problems. Assess your comfort level, trust your instincts, and be careful.
If no one visits, then no one sees the positive changes that can be made. Let’s treat people like people, and not like storage boxes left in a room to collect dust and painfully deteriorate. There are so may opportunities to make people a priority. Just as we think there are many ways to set up beautiful activities for local families with children at a library or the town meeting hall, it is the same for people of all ages and abilities. You never know when you may fall on difficult circumstances and need a shelter, hospital, or care center. Making these places wonderful for those who need them now helps everyone in the future, too! If the food was fantastic and the places were lovely, then people would feel comfortable living there at any age, of any ability, and before they are not able to move or do anything. Design the spaces for everyone, and everyone will come. Design the spaces to have different ‘landmarks’ with colours, artwork, sections of gathering spaces so the patients are not wandering, lost in beige hallways, unable to find their bedroom. Visitors need to be able to navigate, too. This is especially important for sensitive people, like empaths, who often feel immensely overwhelmed in crowds (more than 1 person) or large housing facilities. Donations of books, homey things like lamps, bookcases, etc might be great tools for designers to play with and arrange when making these spaces. Local shops like grocery stores or art stores could donate supplies. Others could volunteer their time to help patients use the supplies.
How inspiring and fun would it be for the clean up crew to have a nightly gallery viewing of all the artwork made that day? (Using pin boards or magnets.)
There are so many children that need safe, healthy, positive, loving homes and family. There are so many people being abused that have nowhere safe to go and no one to help them. There are so many opportunities to help in positive ways. Everyone has beautiful gifts. Let your light shine! Help others so their lights can shine even brighter!
Parents: Colouring with your children is a great bonding practice. Ask them about their pictures, get to know their beautiful thoughts, and ease their concerns. Play is a good way to communicate and learn about one another. More information about these topics is in our Crayon Club books and upcoming books! Giving artwork to others is a great way for children to participate in helping their community. Write their age and date. Others will adore and marvel at their beautiful and smile-inspiring pictures.
Amor Milagre Stationery Collections are coming in 2019! We encourage expression. The insides of our cards are blank for our customers to express their love. A handmade card or note means so much more than just signing your name. Take a moment to share your love. It is unending and grows when you share it. Children of all ages, 0-1000, can make their own cards.
Giving Real Love Feels Good in the Soul ~Amor Milagre
Tools are everywhere. From your hands, feet, mind, heart, soul, expressions, and body to your hat, spoons, musical instruments, food, sun, moon, and pencils, everything is a tool to help us inspire positivity. Every room in our home stores our favourite tools. In the kitchen, a wooden spoon is always there, ready to use. Screwdrivers and hammers dot the basement as we finish a room. Paint brushes dry out by the sink, while lamps await our touch so they can shine their light for us. Notebooks excitedly lay and turn pages for new stories and friends to be invented. Hats shade our eyes, as we walk in the deer tracks in the snow, meditating in nature. What are your favourite tools?
In the kitchen: the wooden spoon, a sharp knife, fresh food, and a favourite pot. When you have favourites, you don’t need anything else. Everything in our home is our favourite. Minimal belongings help us to be organized, uncluttered, and serene. Old things are mended or sold, donated, or given as a gift to someone who sees it as their favourite.
Gravity is a great tool when paired with some great techniques. A twist in the hand, and you have fresh, ripe fruit. Wild ones eat fallen fruit, seeds, nuts, and plants. The wind spreads seeds everywhere as a wonderful transportation system/ride. Nature works together, and we try to have the things in our home work together with us, respecting nature. We make as much as we can by hand. This has been a goal of mine since birth. I always wanted to learn how to make everything.
Babies learn to use natural tools such as their voice, energy, and body. If we teach them gently, they will live, think, and love gently, too.
So many tools to help us do what we like. Umbrellas, for baby and me, take us on a tour of a world under water droplets and reflective light. When paired with natural rubber rain boots, a grand adventure is upon us. Saved and stored foods bide us time to cook with all year long. With our tools come the processes, and then the results, adapting to our ever changing tastes.
Scissors snip hair to keep healthy habits fresh. Sconces shine sweetly on a dimmer sweet on the eyes, not too often on cloudy days, as I paint starry skies and ocean waves.
Just like choosing fresh ingredients for baking and cooking, tools must fulfill their destined purpose, function, ergonomics, and feel good to use. A tool that gives you splinters needs the help of another tool to smooth it out, making it safe for your hands. This gentle mending can be applied to everything from relationships to learning new things. If you’re stuck, try something else. Light and shade, in balance, are healthy for the nervous system and for good rest, following Nature’s clock.
From paint brushes and chisels to pencils, we use a large number of tools every day. We take care of our tools so they work for us for a very long time. Then they can be passed on to work for others, too.
Colours colours everywhere! I use art and design as a tool to work with moods and emotions. I arrange artwork to create a feeling for each space. Wallpaper and bedding. Interiors & exteriors. Garden plant design. Children’s book nursery illustrations. Custom house paint colours. Mixing colours is a large part of what I do. These primary coloured watercolour paints were found on a trip to Hungary at one of the last remaining pigment mills that uses water power. Good craftsmanship for any tool lends ease of use. I only have to use a tiny bit of these colours to mix extraordinary hues. A knife that is sharp slices a tomato gently and nicely. It’s not crushed and the user is not strained. Take care of your tools so they take care of you. Ergonomics are important, especially for constant use. How is your body aligned when using your favourite tools?
To read more about our favourite tools and organization for a beautiful day, please check back for our upcoming lifestyle and design books. Our book collection is coming very soon. I source responsible paper and materials. All books are made to order and handmade with love and care by me. I sign each book and can write custom messages to your dear ones. More on this soon!
A little film about some of our favourite tools, Part 1.
The second snowfall of the season blankets and quiets the whole town. Everyone sleeps, dreams, and slows down for old & new holiday traditions. Here is one to try! By pairing positive affirmations with the visual growth of a beautiful holiday flower bulb, you can practice a healthy pattern of thinking so your wishes come true! A wonderful practice for children of all ages from 0-1000. Watch the film below to hear more about this! For more holiday and health inspiration, wander our new Collections at The Shop at Dove Cottage for yourself and custom gift giving inspiration! This flower idea is featured in our upcoming healthy lifestyle book, more here at amormilagre.com, and Happy Holidays & Happy Winter!
Some flowers are more scented than others, so if you’re sensitive like us, place the bulbs to grow in a less used room. We love having our herbs and veggies growing on the windowsill during the winter for our favourite scents to grace the kitchen. We’re always in there!
What do you wish for? Write it down and decorate the back, attach it gently to the growing stems, and as your flowers bloom, may your wish come true!
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