Dream Box

On Sunday, I was feeling a bit restless. Feeling like I really needed a project in which to immerse myself. Do you know the feeling?

I wandered the house a bit, looking for inspiration, and spied a stack of old magazines. I tend to hang onto old magazines "just in case" (in case of what, I'm not exactly sure). This tendency results in large stacks of magazines (Elle Decor, Gourmet, Domino, Food & Wine, Body & Soul, Real Simple...I could go on...) at random spots throughout the house. So, I decided to actually get some use out of my old magazines by creating a Dream Box. I have not taken Jennifer Lee's Dream Box Workshop, but I became familiar with the concept after reading about it here and here.

I cut out images and words that appealed to me on an intuitive level, without stopping to think about "why." (Although I couldn't bring myself to cut up my Gourmets and Dominos since they're now in short supply...so sad!) Using a glue stick, I pasted the images onto an old shoe box that had been collecting dust in my closet. I didn't think too much about the composition of the images; I just squeezed them in any which way they would fit.

I've been studying the finished product, and have noticed several recurring themes: natural settings, brightly colored textiles, and flowers, flowers, flowers! I'm thinking this is a sign that I should incorporate more of these things into my life.

This might be breaking slightly with the intended use of a Dream Box (not having taken the workshop, I'm not 100% sure of how it's meant to work), but I plan to use mine to store notes, plans, and pieces of info related to my goals, as well as bits of whimsical ephemera (photos, drawings, postcards, or even treasured family recipes). I'll re-visit its contents regularly for a fresh dose of inspiration. And who knows? Maybe having all of these things in a single sacred place will illuminate new ideas and connections for me.

Has anyone taken the Dream Box workshop or made your own Dream Box? If not, do you have a similar place where you put things related to your goals and dreams?


green ink said...

Oh darling, what a beautiful idea!

I bought myself a box when I was back in Australia - it was described on the tag as a "Japanese tea box", and it's very firm and heavy but made with beautiful brightly-coloured handmade paper. So far not much related to my goals, but I have notes and cards that Tom has written for me in there at the moment. And tea. So maybe that's related to my dreams :P

I love what you've done and you've encouraged me to think about how I can express my goals and dreams through art like this.


AnalieseMarie said...

Thank you for the kind words, my dear! I'm glad I was able to encourage you to think about new ways to express your goals. The Japanese tea box sounds beautiful. Sounds like you've found a wonderful use for it. :-)

Carolyn said...

Beautiful!!!! I love the colors


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