Bohemian Wall Hanging + Timelapse Video // Creativity and Joy

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Recently I have been having a lot of fun decorating my room, and adding some personalized touches, such as: wall-hangings, posters, decorative pillows, etc. You can only stare at blank, plain white walls, for so long before you have to start decorating…right?

Right.

Personally, I love filling my room with items that I have made or have sentimental value to me…and what better way to do that then by combining the two?! Which is how the idea for this Bohemian Wall-Hanging was born.

Well, actually, the idea was probably born on pintrest, honestly…or at least the concept/inspiration was! I went on pinterest and searched up “Wall Hangings” when I realized my room needed a little colour and decoration. I stumbled across an idea that looked like it was probably bought from etsy, relatively easy to make, and very clean cut, beautiful, and classy.

Instead of buying one I hit up my local Dollar Store and picked up a few things.  After I went for a walk and collected a few sticks. Then, I called Bryce (my boyfriend) and asked if he wanted to craft with me. (By the way, this is not the first time we have done crafts together. Bryce is a pretty crafty guy, and we have done one or two projects together in past, which is when we have discovered crafting makes a really fun date night.)

This was the result:

Recently, this piece has become one of my favorite parts of my room and when I need a break from homework, or resumes, or when I need a smile this is what I look too. Not only does it (in my biased opinion) look pretty, it was incredibly fun and simple to make.

If you would like to recreate a similar piece here are the items you will need:

  1. A Base: You can buy dowels at the store, or you can go find sticks outside (which is what I did) to use as a support for hanging your drawings off of. Finding a stick will create a bit more of a bohemian vibe, whereas a straight dowel might (depending) make it a little more “clean” looking.
  2. Yarn: This is to create the loop on which the piece will hang on, and also will be the strands on which the cards/pictures will be attached too. I chose three different colours, (blue, maroon, and dark grey). You can only use one solid colour if you choose, or more. Wherever your creative juices take you! Ribbon can also be used as well, but my one recommendation is that you use multiple pieces of ribbon or yarn, because using simply one strand will not allow enough texture, and will not be able to maintain the weight of both the paper, and the stick.
  3. Pony Beads: These are optional, decorative beads. You can use them on the top hanging loop, or on the fringe of your hanging strings.
  4. Cue Cards/Cardstock: You need some form of thick paper that will not bend a lot and will be able to weigh on the strings in order to maintain direction. If the paper is to light, the strings will turn and flip, and not sit properly on the wall. I used thick cue card/recipe cards (with no lines) and cut them down to squares. (If you want, you can always have photos printed, and have them in lieu of the cue cards.)
  5. Tape: This is what you will use to anchor your cards to your yarn. I used standard off-brand scotch tape. DON’T use double-sided tape, by the way.
  6. Pens/Markers/Pencils: in whatever colour or brand you choose! This is to write your quotes, and draw the photos on the cards.

Honestly? This project is pretty easy, and props to you if you can ‘mess it up’. It’s super fun, and has some really pretty results. Go crazy with it, have some fun, use your imagination!

And, if you want to see how Bryce and I made this one, here’s a fun time lapse video!

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!
JENESSA JOY♥

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Easter Weekend with Carlee // Creativity and Joy Photography

I did a whole picture post about my Vancouver Island Adventures over Easter Weekend…but you know, when your Best Friend is absolutely gorgeous, and you have incredible pictures of them? Well, I think it’s worth a whole post onto itself.

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Prayers and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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Easter Weekend Excitement | Vancouver Island | Photography // Creativity and Joy

I had a great time exploring Vancouver Island with my parents, my dogs, and my best friend Carlee. Did you do anything special for Easter weekend? If so, what did you do?

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Prayers, and Music!!
JENESSA JOY♥

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Buses, The Ocean, and Campbell River | Easter Weekend | Video // Creativity and Joy

Hi everyone!
I did something different! Over Easter Weekend I got to explore with my best friend Carlee, and my parents. I got some fun footage that I decided to put together to make this video, I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed making it.

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

(PS- I didn’t realize there was something on the lens at the time…so, I apologize for that.)

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Coming Into The New – Part Two // Creativity and Joy

During the summer I worked in a daycare, as a Summer Day Camp Teacher. It was tiring, amazing, sometimes frustrating, draining, but incredibly rewarding. It was a wonderful experience that taught me so much, filled me with joy daily and never failed to make me smile. As I left that job to begin school again, I marveled at how quickly the summer had passed. I remembered the entire summer dreading the day that it ended. Dreading the day I had to go back, back to school, back to long study nights, but most of all I was dreading feeling locked in. I reminded myself it was only two semesters left, and that I would be okay.

I was uneasy about the fact that I had chosen to stay at Columbia, but concluded that not gaining the degree I had worked so hard on would be a decision I would regret. Staying seemed like the best option, even though everything inside me was screaming to go. Going into the school year I was eager to begin so that it could end, and at the same time dreading beginning because it meant feeling caged. Through that internal conflict there was also happiness, it was nice seeing some of my closest friends again, and meeting new ones. And I knew I only had two semesters remaining, and I was determined to enjoy them.

Then, in my first week back to Columbia in the fall semester I received an email from the director of my program asking for a meeting.
Immediately, I was nervous.
I went to meet with her and found out that there was a distinct problem in my classes, schedule, and program structure. I’m not entirely sure how, but it was there.
She told me she thought we’d have to meet with the registrar  to discuss options. We also had to meet with one of my teachers about a class that they wanted me to take privately.
The meeting with the teacher went smoothly. We came to a reasonable agreement, and I felt so much better, but was overall very emotional. At that meeting my director said I would probably have to take an extra year regardless but we’d talk to the school registrar before we made that final ruling.

The following week I went into the registrar’s office, and got told, gently, that there was no way I could graduate with a two year degree in Worship Arts by the following April. I would have to stay another semester (possibly even a year) at Columbia.
This was the point where I began to cry.
I had been struggling for months about the decision whether or not to stay, and when that decision had finally been made, it was ripped away.
My director looked at me sadly, as the tears began to stream and I apologized (slightly embarrassed) for being so emotional. “It’s okay,” she said kindly. “I know it’s stressful. I would cry too.”
“It’s perfectly normal, you’re going through a lot.” The registrar confirmed.
“Do you think it’s possible for her to finish with Columbia One by the end of the year?” My director of Worship Arts asked.
“I think so,” the registrar replied.

Staying another semester was not an option. I knew that, deep down to the center of my core. I got up and asked if I could have a minute, and hurried to find a washroom, where I closed the door and bawled my eyes out. After a few minutes, I manged to regain my composure (somewhat) and re-enter the office where my Worship Arts Director and the registrar were waiting for me. During my time in the washroom they had looked over my transcript and what classes I was in and had discovered that I could finish with a One Year Certificate in Theology by the end of the semester. I was in six classes, and only needed one of them to leave with the certificate. They told me to go home and think about it, and they also suggested I drop a couple classes, since I had a heavy course load. (6 courses, a voice lesson, and a piano lab in case you were wondering.) I told them I didn’t think I wanted to drop anything, and that I would have to think and pray about whether or not to leave or continue. “It’s okay,” they said, “you can decide whether or not you want to graduate with Columbia One by December. You have plenty of time.” 

I left the office and cried.
“I guess I’m leaving.” 
I thought.

Because, what I knew was that my skill set needed something else…I had known that all through the summer, and I had known that as I started the new semester.
If I wanted to grow I would have to go. 
My commitment to stay was based solely on finishing something –  finishing with a degree in Worship Arts.

“Are you going to stay? I think you should stay!” One of my friends said the following week after my meltdown in the registrar’s office.
“You know what, this is what I’m getting: I’m going unless God gives me some big flashing sign that I shouldn’t.” 
I knew that wasn’t the way God worked. He doesn’t just drop out of the sky and audibly say: “I think you should stay.”
What I wasn’t saying to my friend that day was I thought that this was God’s big flashing sign for me to go…because all through the summer I had been thinking: “Victoria. Something new. Art. Adventures. Working on my leadership skills and my adventure skills in a bigger  art center.” Even though I  felt I should go, I had felt obligated to stay.

But,  for things to come together a lot of things had to fall apart.

A/N: Thanks for reading everyone! If you haven’t read part one yet, you can see it here. I was intending on having Part Two up much sooner then this, but unfortunately I fell sick and then was buried with school work. Part Three coming soon! 

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Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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Green Light | Rough Edit Eyes // Creativity and Joy

As a creative person I am constantly trying to push my creative boundaries. Last time I wrote a post about my personal music I expressed that releasing music into the universe makes me feel insecure, and very vulnerable. I enjoy doing it, but it scares me. Today, I am back, and here to give out more music. I decided to start a new project called “Rough Edit Eyes”, which is a reminiscent of a vlog meeting a “music video”. I have taken to recording parts of my days and splicing the videos together to create what I am hoping to be a fun, artsy, video. I decided to call it “Rough Edit Eyes” because I am a perfectionist, and I wanted to remind myself it is okay to have a “rough edit” to put in the world. It is okay for things to be different, and rough, and unique, because it will never be as ‘perfect’ or ‘perfectly rough and artsy’ as I would like it to be. These videos are not meant to be ‘perfect’ they’re meant to be fun.  Some days they might be covers, some day they might be original. Today it’s a cover. I hope you enjoy it.

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Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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