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Hello May!
Can you believe it? We can hardly believe that we have reached May already.  We hope you had the loveliest bank holiday weekend and found some time to be creative in some way. 

How about setting yourself a new challenge or a new change of some sort for May?

New beginnings and new intentions aren't just for the start of the year. You can make a plan to start something new at any time but the start of the month is a really positive time to do it. You can then set yourself a target of trying it out for one month or six months. Whether it be a new workout routine, joining the gym, joining a lifestyle group, making a healthy life change such as doing more cooking at home, getting up earlier, getting more sleep. You might even decide to tackle the garden clean up, grow your own veggies or even learn a new craft

At the start of the year we spoke about journalling and writing down your intentions in bullet journals. This is a great way to keep track of progress and also get those intentions out there and making them happen. 

And if it's something new and creative that you fancy giving a go, we are here to help! 
Have You Tried Watercolours?
If you're thinking of trying a new craft, how about trying your hand at watercolour painting? We host watercolour workshops and we also have watercolour kits available on our website. 

Here are a couple of lovely pieces of work from a watercolour workshop we hosted last week for a corporate gathering. We think they did brilliantly!
A Spring Afternoon
At Chelsea Physic Garden
Last week we hosted a watercolour workshop at Chelsea Physic Garden where we met some wonderful and very inspiring people. The grounds of the garden were a sight to see and we couldn't wait to show you how things went.

The Chelsea Physic Garden was established as the Apothecaries' Garden in London, England, in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries to grow plants to be used as medicines. It occupies four acres of land on the north side of the River Thames in Chelsea, London.  Their mission is to demonstrate the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and well-being of humankind and helping everyone to understand the value of plants in their lives, with the intention to sow the seeds of discovery through education.

The garden is a breath taking  green space in the heart of London for people, plants and wildlife ensuring a sustainable future within a busy city landscape. Celebrating  cultural diversity and in particular reaching out to residents of local boroughs to engage and connect with them.  Which is where we came in.

Chelsea Physic Garden also provide a  programme of educational activities and events which lead us to form our connection as they invited us to host a watercolour workshop for local residents as part of their 'Help Us Grow' therapy group.  We sent Sarah off with a bag full of paints and brushes, read on to hear her account of how things went.
I had never been to Chelsea Physic Garden before, but I had always wanted to. I took the speedy tube ride over to Sloane Square in Chelsea with a short walk to the garden, past the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Chelsea Flower Show grounds to the historic walled physic garden. 

Once inside, I was transformed to another world, I could hardly believe that I was in central London. The birds were singing and I couldn't hear any traffic at all. Now I know why people come here for a bit of respite from the hustle and bustle of life.

As soon as you enter the garden you are met by this wonderful blooming tree that is clearly very old and very well cared for. And beyond that the garden stretches out, inviting you to explore the colours and scents. 
The workshop went very well and it was a pleasure to meet all of the participants. Everyone created such colourful and beautiful work. 
Watercolour is such a great medium for a mindful, therapeutic workshop; the pace is easygoing and it is encouraging to work with such delicate colours and play with the paint on the page as ideas begin to emerge. 
And of course, I couldn't leave at the end of the day without sitting in the garden with a cup of coffee from the cafe. That cup felt like the nicest coffee that i'd drunk for a while, as I sat there amongst the greenery listening to the birdsong. 

I thoroughly recommend looking up events and the gardens on the Chelsea Physic Garden website. 

You can also find out more about our watercolour workshops and our watercolour kits on our own website.
Lots Of Workshops For Giving Something New A Go
We've got lots of great workshops for you here at M.Y.O; How about making a gift for someone rather than buying something mass produced. Or even make something for yourself such as a tote bag. 

We'll guide you through creating your own lino printed tote bag or tea towel in a variety of colours.

You'll be shown how to carve into lino to create the stamp, which you'll then use to print your design in your choice of coloured printing inks. 

You'll leave with your very own creation and get to take the stamp home with you too so that you can make more if you choose. You can also buy extra totes or tea towels on the day.

Create your own everlasting flowers which will never die and stay in bloom all year round!

You can make a whole colourful bouquet with the variety of colours of crepe paper that we'll provide. We'll show you how to make the flowers and you'll go home with a pretty bunch in whatever colours you choose.

Perfect for your own home, or as a gift to someone special or a birthday. 

View All Of Our Workshops

That's all for now you creative legends!

from all of us in the M.Y.O Team 
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