Dear friends Shayla and Lisa arrived Friday afternoon with hearts over flowing, literally! Shayla baked three heart shaped desserts - brownies, a coffee cake and a huge heart shaped chocolate chip cooke with a smile!
We spent the evening catching up, then woke early on Saturday to head to the National Harbor in Washington D.C. to volunteer to help inventor Dwayne Szots set up for his Zot art program, featuring adaptive art tools for children with disabilities. The hotel staff covered the area with plastic sealer and then we laid six 50 yard strips of heavy paper plus canvas to create a palette for the kids to paint and play!
Wheel chair wheels were taped to protect them from the paint and the children were sent into magical space to blow bubbles, spin pinwheels and paint with Dwayne's adaptive toys strapped to their chairs with velcro.
The children chose shapes and letters, which were glued into strips, then taped to rollers that they could control with their chairs. As the day progressed, layers of yellow, orange and pink paint covered the canvas. Darker colors were added in moderation at the end of the day and the resulting creation was spectacular. More to come!
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
Mikell is a writer, artist and professional treasure hunter, finding the greatest treasures in the wonderful people who enter her life!