The amazing aspect of the intersection of the babylost community and the art community is the projects that come up to channel your grief energy and connect with other grieving parents. I hear about art swaps and community projects here and there, but I am not really sure how to share that information. So, I am going to start a page for community news. Under the header are different pages for resources. There I will post art swaps, community project and art shows focusing on grief and art. If you have a project you want to see in this area, either an on-going project or one that has a deadline, please please consider submitting it to this resource. You can email it to me at stilllife365DAYS(at)gmail(dot)com. Use Community News. It will be updated with news when it comes up.
Demeter's Feet started a swap for the holidays last year. I participated and was blown away by my ornament (Thanks, Kristin!), which I will keep for years to come. Jenni started a blog about the swap at Remembering Together, where she answers questions and takes ideas for new swaps in the future. For Mother's Day, she is hosting a craft swap for mothers in our community to support one another around what usually is a hard holiday for all of us. You can check out more information at her blog Remembering Together. It is open to loss families anywhere in the world who want to participate, and that the deadline is Sunday, April 10th. I can only say that community art swaps and projects saved my life, not to overstate it or anything, early in my grief. And if you are new to this community, or have been around for a few years, please consider joining other women for this cool swap.
One thing I feel I need to mention, it has come to my attention that people might feel slighted by the blogroll and/or community mentions. I made a very deliberate decision when I started still life 365 to not add any one I read or knew to the blogroll without them approaching and asking me specifically. I did that so I would not slight anyone in particular, leave a friend off, or talk too much about my own friends. This is a community space, not my space. I don't take it personally if someone doesn't submit, nor do I see work shared here as a favor to me. This is a space created by everyone for everyone. So my philosophy here is to have people contact me to add themselves to the blogroll. Anyone in the babylost or artistic community who asks is added. It is very easy to add your blog to the blogroll. It draws traffic to your blog and connects you with other grieving women. Just contact me at stilllife365days(at)gmail(dot)com. Use Blogroll in the subject line. I read and add every website sent in, so if you sent it in and I missed it, it was not intentional. It is because I am human. Please consider resending it to me.
In other news, I also purchased the domain stilllife365.com. I bought it a few months ago, and not really sure where to go from here. I would love to redesign the site, and self-host. I am negotiable about money, if you desire money. I just have no idea how to do this or what I am going to do with it, but it seemed important. If you do have ideas, or know what to do, and would like to help me figure it out myself, please contact me at stilllife365days(at)gmail(dot)com.
Happy arting and crafting, loves.