Halloween/Trick or Treat
Those of you who have read my earlier posts will already know that for me this year has been about creativity and learning new skills.
Most recently I’ve been thoroughly enjoying learning about printables: I create a digital file and upload it (starting with Etsy) and anyone, anywhere in the world can buy it, download it and print it out.
Before printables became a ‘thing’ you had to order, pay and wait for your cards etc. to be delivered. Now you can buy a digital file and print it out whenever you want and as many times as you want. They are perfect for last minute shoppers, people on a budget, and anyone who has a printer and knows how to use it.
I’ve made a start with greetings cards and I’m really enjoying the design part, and I have hundreds of ideas (see also: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/youcantalk), and I’d love you to send me yours too. But the tech? Oh dearie me no, the tech! What a sharp learning curve that has been.
But it will be worth it, it will save me having to keep running up and down to the Post Office, and that is good.
So, I’ve been advised that I’m to follow seasonal trends and mark occasions. Here goes …
It’s October. Halloween. Trick or Treat.
Starting with Halloween: from a psychotherapist’s point of view it doesn’t quite hold water. Ask anyone who has PTSD, depression or anxiety and so on, and they will tell you that their ‘demons’ are never far away, in some cases ever present. If only they just showed up one night a year. If only!
Speaking again from the point of view of a psychotherapist – brace yourself people – the ‘demons’ are NOT the real problem here. It’s our relationship with them that can cause big problems. I’ll let Russ Harris fill you in on this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyxc889gQtY).
Now. Trick or Treat. I can not stick it. I hate all the darned plastic pumpkins, the fluorescent skeletons, the nylon witches, ghosts and ghouls, rubbery bats and artificial spiders and webs (aka landfill).
And as for encouraging little kids to knock on strangers’ doors and ask for sweets … let’s not go there.
This inspired a card design which I have already withdrawn as, on reflection, it seemed far too cynical and included expletives. I wouldn’t have bought it, and to be honest I couldn’t imagine who else would buy it or who they would send it to.
Anyways, I made something else instead, relating to Naomi’s post last week (link below). And I’ll try again next month with the whole ‘marking occasions/following guidelines’ thing. November, Remembrance Day and Movember will soon be here.
But I don’t want you to think I’m a totally grumpy old witch, so here’s a list of all of the things I love and appreciate about this time of year:
The Hunters’ Moon; morning mists; heavy dew; steaming cows (from a distance); cold, clear skies; cormorants fishing in mirror calm seas; rosehips glistening in the hedgerows; red apples gleaming still on the branches; blazing autumn leaves giving way to skeleton trees; the cacophony of starlings, and those multi-coloured mini munchkin pumpkin things.