Hello dear friends!
How are you today?
Today is a special day for me. A day in which I feel blessed in multiple ways. For having a beautiful family, for doing work I love, for seeing my son deeply interested in creating with polymer clay (a passion of mine that spread in unexpected ways) and for having a smile on my face when admiring the two Steampunk candle holders that my 11-year old son decorated with polymer clay and gave me as a present.
In fact these candle holders were Martini glasses that he decorated with a Steampunk octopus tentacle. But then I loved them so much that I suggested that I’d prefer to use them as candle holders. And my son loved the idea. But not my husband. Who really wanted to enjoy a Martini in the Steampunk decorated glasses….. So I intend to buy more Martini glasses and ask my son to decorate those too and use them to enjoy a Martini with my husband.
Back to my son’s clay videos. When he said he wanted to make clay videos and have his own Youtube channel I was a little bit reluctant. I thought he’s only 11, he does not have time for this. But he insisted. And I had to be a cheerleader for him. Because he grew up in my studio and has always been a cheerleader for me. Admiring my work. Even the pieces that I considered “not my best work”.
So, I finally agreed with him having his Youtube channel and making Steampunk-inspired clay videos. Because this is above all an opportunity for growth. He’s learning video editing, he’s improving his skills with polymer clay. He learns to clearly express a process. And, he’ll be better equipped for the future. I think.
Not to mention that he gave these beautiful Steampunk candle holders to me. And they were the most beautiful present. Because he made them. Because I love Steampunk decorations. Because they put a smile on my face.
Why Steampunk you might ask? Well, we’re all Steampunk fans in the family. We even went to a Steampunk festival in Luxembourg when he was little. But he still remembers the event. Because he was impressed by all the people wearing Steampunk clothes and accessories. He loved the ride in a vintage train. He loved the enthusiasm he felt in the air. As a result, he also likes Steampunk.
If you have the time, please check out his channel. He put a lot of work into his videos and I really want him to continue to create and improve his skills.
The hardest lesson to teach him is not to concentrate on metrics. On likes and dislikes. In the beginning he wanted to know how many people watched his videos and everything. But I explained to him that this is not something you can control and that this is not a measure of success. The only thing that matters is his work, his dedication to put out more videos and his growth.
We’ve been living in France for the last 8 years or so and my son is more comfortable with expressing himself in French than in Romanian. So, this would explain why his videos are in French;)
Tell me if you like his Steampunk candle holders.
Have a beautiful and inspired day!