Do you need a break?

Published October 18, 2016, by Stina Axelson

Taking dedicated personal time for our selves is hard. We prioritize family, friends and work, over our own creativity. A getaway to work on our creative projects is simply impossible. We have responsibilities and can’t put our life on hold. Even if we did find the time we wouldn’t know where to start. Does this sound familiar?

Why spend lots of money and energy going away on a fancy craft retreat, when you can create a personalized event just for yourself in the comfort of your home?


With an 8-month year old baby, my life is, well, different to before. It´s easy to get caught up in reality, forget about your passion in life and wake up in 10 years asking yourself where all the time went. I need to come up with a solution to be more creative in my everyday life but without the hassle of leaving my family. And no excuses like having to clean the closet or tidying the kitchen, and the bills can wait until Monday.

For the first time in many weeks I´m keeping my calendar empty. I will dedicate this weekend to creativity. A stay-at-home craft retreat that involves my family, but I limit all responsibilities and contact with the outside world. In reality it might mean that my retreat might last only for an hour here or there, but I will stick to it and make it happen! No social media??? Yiyks I’m dedicating this weekend to my creative endeavors and it is exciting!

Schedule time to actively focus on creativity and plan for ”at home craft retreats” through the year.

So how do you create a craft retreat at home? Well, first of all you need to decide if this is a solo event or if you will invite your friends over. Then decide how long the retreat will last, a morning, afternoon or maybe the whole weekend.

 It´s a great idea to have your project accessible to save time. Why not put together a creative retreat bag, with all your goods ready at hand? It will help you save time, and you can look forward to unpack your bag as the time for your retreat is coming close. Another benefit of having your stash in a bag is its super easy to pack up once reality catches up with you aka. Baby starts crying etc.

We have put together a list of ideas to help you get started with your own creative retreat. Feel free to pick and choose the ideas that work for you.

  1. Create an artist’s workspace in your home. Have a whole day free in your calendar and immerse yourself in creativity. Make sure you set your phone on “silence mode”
  1. Create an inspiration board using old magazines. Cut out whatever looks visually exciting, colour schemes, shapes and textures.
  2. Grab a stack of magazines, and clip whatever looks interesting or cool to create your own inspiration board.
  3. Make a card and write a note to an old friend.
  4. Have an all day art-marathon. Grab your journal or a stack of papers. Sketch or doodle something through out the day. Start a new sheet of paper every hour.
  5. Create a self-portrait using different techniques. Use a camera, crayons, wire etc.
  6. Make a vision board and hang it in a central place in your home.
  7. Go through your recycle-bin and create something truly unique from the findings.
  8. Create a care package with a lovely note. Add a personal hand made touch to the package using hand made ephemera. Send the package to a relative or friend.
  9. Leave your home. Go on the bus or train in the direction that faith chooses for you. Go aimlessly without a destination. See what happens and where you end up.
  10. Visit a gallery or museum. Or both. Write a review.
  11. Go for a walk, and take your camera or phone with you to document the experience. Make a stop every 5 minutes to take a picture.
  12. Bring your art studio outdoors (journal, sketchbook, craft supplies, etc.)
  13. Visit an antique book dealer. Look for the most beautiful book you can find.
  14. Stop by the library and have a browse.
  15. Visit an artist’s supply shop and buy a new medium to try.
  16. Visit a shop that inspires you. Pay attention to the branding, selection and merchandising of the goods.
  17. Go to a charity shop. Give yourself  “a few kronor” to spend and find something really great that you can do something creative with.
  18. (In the comment field below, post your idea of an art date and we will add it to the list)

What´s your idea of a creative retreat?

By the way. The artwork for this post was made using free stock image from Magdeleine

Stina Axelson

Stina Axelson

Always making and creating and fun to hang out with. She finds it hard to follow instructions and keeps a box of treasured papers.