Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending BloggyCon14 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. I was there as a sponsor of my Laura Kelly brand and also as the lucky ambassador for I Love to Create, the greatest crafty and trendy company around. I got to create with many of the attendees and talk and share and play. One of these attendees happened to be four years old. While many know her as the overnight fashion social media viral success ‘Fashion By Mayem‘, I got spend time with her as a regular little girl who just wanted to create. That is exactly what we did. She had a ball using the die cut machine (The AllStar SuperStar from Ellison/Sizzix) and getting crazy with the Collage Pauge. Her creative spirit drives her. She formulated these visions of what she was up to then glued things to her works without a second thought. Watching her work was like watching magic.
Through talking and creating we found out that we have a lot in common. For starters, we both like black olives. After much discussion and conversation, she said to me, “We are just like twins only you are just a little bit older than me.” I melted.
When she came back after lunch (bringing me a container of black olives), she saw my stack of Kunin felt and with the most excited and enthusiastic voice she said, “I KNOW, LET’S MAKE A DRESS TOGETHER!” Thank goodness I had lots of Aleene’s Quick Drying Fabric Adhesive on hand because she was serious about it and we did it. Her Dad being the amazing and professional photographer that he is was our camera guy. It took us almost two hours and she NEVER lost focus of her vision for this dress. She was articulate, determined and very thorough. I was in awe! At one point, I tried to make a suggestion for her but she quickly reminded me that she was the “boss” of the dress. Her process for making dresses amazed me. She is a natural. She is passionate and expressive. I think she remains this way after so much spotlight exposure because her parents don’t pressure her. She gets to create what she wants, when it comes to her and it works with their family schedule.
We ended up spending time in the park together, skipping and riding rides…being regular friends. We even created fashion in the park while resting on a bench but we can save that for another day. She said she was lucky that we were like twin friends. She has no idea, I am the lucky one!
And about those trucks that grown up friends can ride with kids…they are not really made for comfort. We had such fun (she drove and I rode in the back seat for bigger sized kids) that we got to ride it TWICE. We even got to change from the blue to the yellow truck which was good because the honking of the horn the entire way around was way cooler on the second round.
We couldn’t really dress and model in the conference room so Angie took it home to shoot the photography in their usual environment. AMAZING! Read about on Fashion By Mayhem HERE.
There is so much we can learn from Mayhem and her family. Here are my top three lessons and they are all about creativity and parenting…
- Creativity looks lots of different ways. Whether crafting, making fashion or photography…families that support each other create the best thing of all together and that is love.
- Letting a famous child simply be a child and protecting them from the media, from stalkerish people and from situations that are beyond their comprehension allows them to be free.
- Sharing time and talent together as a family with others spreads creativity, connection, joy and happiness.
And so, happy creating to you,