On Wednesday 8 October from 8.30 - 10pm UK time (world times here), we'll be getting together to get creative and chat with other lovely mums. We'd love you to join us!
This month, we have a written activity (Unlikely Meditations for Mamas) - or a messy activity (mono-printing your mama story for The School of Uganglish) - so take your pick!
So we'll be chilling out, making whale noises on request, and/or making a great big mess together.
Failing all that, we'll be chatting, of course...
NOTE: The messy activity is definitely a challenging one to attempt at the best of times, let alone while you're on twitter! So it might be more of a 'here's one I made earlier' session...
It is however great fun to do with the kids, so if you fancy having a play and showing us what you've made (or at the very least your acrylic-paint stained hands...), we'd love that too of course.
Unlikely Meditations for Mamas
This month’s #somum activity is to write your own short Unlikely Meditation for Mamas and design a deliciously cheesy CD cover for it.
So far I've written a Meditation for Washing Up (I HATE washing up) and A Meditation for the Last Few Minutes of Work-Time Before Collecting the Kids - both are serving me well...!!
Maybe you’ll write your own washing up meditation, or a meditation for hoovering, treading on lego, changing nappies, harassing children to get their shoes on, trying to get colicky babies to sleep, sorting unending washing: whatever’s winding you up right now.
Whatever it is, let's come together to conjure up some probably un-zen-like but remarkably effective words to help us through those everyday unmagical moments.
You can upload your words here.
Mono-print your mama-story
This month, we'll also be joining in with the amazing and inspirational School of Uganglish from AfroRetro and having a go at printing our mama stories for their exhibition.
Below you can download a handy PDF to explain how to have a go at making a mono print if you've never done it before. Me and the kids have just had a go and it was a hilarious mess.
Once we'd worked out how to spread paint, and make a convincing mark in it, (this took quite a long time...!) we then tried to think about what symbols and patterns might represent different aspects of our stories.
What simple patterns or images might capture your mama journey so far?
We'd love you to share a photo with us if you make one (I might even attempt to make a proper gallery for them here too if more people than me have a go...!)
You can see one of my first attempts below. I'll explain what on earth I was trying to print on Wednesda...y!
You can find out more about the ingenious culture-blending sisters behind The School of Uganglish in their recent post for the fabulous Oh My Handmade. Watch this video about their very deserving Kickstarter project, and visit their website here to find out how YOU can join in and create your very own mono-print too.
If you're in London, you could even go to one of the School of Uganglish's brilliant workshops, lucky you! Then you'd actually have someone who knows what they're doing helping you to make your first mono-print, we could have definitely done with that this afternoon!
What is a #somum Make Date?
We give ourselves some creative me-time and connect with other lovely mums. We do it every second Wednesday of the month (apart from next month, November, when it will randomly be the third Wednesday...) and we would love you to join us. New friends are always very welcome.
You don't have to be a clever crafter, an artist or wordsmith. We're all about having a go regardless of talent or experience. Most of all, it's about getting together and having fun.
If you just want to chat, that's completely fine. If you just want to make something and lurk and never tell us you're there, that's fine too. We're just happy you're making time for you.
Look forward to seeing you there!
PS Here's the PDF showing you how to make lots of mess and have fun making your very own mono-print of your mama story: