Spring Hares Workshop Crafternoon; a big dose of craft therapy

Don’t they all look fabulous!!!

 

It was definitely a battle of the ears at yesterday’s workshop. Look at them all fighting for the limelight 

It was another busy afternoon at Blacksmith Shop Crafts and for some it was their second and even third workshop with me. Now that could mean one of two things; they really enjoy my workshops and are needle felting addicts or, I’m doing something wrong  I’m pretty sure it’s the former though. Thoroughly fabulous afternoon with a healthy over indulgence of craft, cake, tea and great conversation. A crafting collective; what could be better! Also a great reason for me to escape the virtual world for a little while and hang out with real people.  I came out feeling so much lighter, despite the amount of cake I had eaten!!! Talk about crafts as therapy…

 

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It’s Okay To Feel Uninspired

You’re probably thinking, “Where is the pretty picture”? “Where is the carefully executed photograph”? Well, in the interest of full disclosure and honesty (and I do like to be honest), this is exactly what I achieved yesterday…nothing!

I picked up my felting needle, stared at some wool, drifted off somewhere else for 10 minutes; don’t ask me where? Stared some more, and then gave it all up as a bad job and watched the TV for the rest of the day.

Today, over my morning cuppa, I started to think about the ‘nothing’ I had achieved the day before (an Oxymoron, I know) and quickly realised that I didn’t care because do you know what? It’s okay to have a bad day, in fact, it’s okay to have several bad days. It doesn’t matter if you don’t create something every day (I most certainly do not) or get the ironing done, sort out the draws full of odd socks the kids have created, walked the dog for long enough, stuck a meal in the microwave because you just couldn’t face cooking etc. etc.

We live in a world where we are bombarded every day, via social media, of perfect lifestyle photographs; perfect images of creativity and artistic ability; perfect homes where every item in it is handmade; perfect artists and creatives; perfect pictures with inspirational quotes… and I love all of those pictures as much as the next person. In fact, we need them, just like we need galleries, green spaces, feel-good movies, coffee shops, and days of doing nothing.  However, I can guarantee, behind every one of those photographs is a person who has bad days just like the rest of us. It is the bittersweetness of being human, top of the food chain, of being self-aware, feeling guilty; now that’s a whole other conversation…

I think what I’m trying to say is just don’t feel bad about it. Your craft box will still be there tomorrow, the next day, the next week and month. Your wool, needles, paints or whatever it is you use to create won’t be judging you so no need to judge yourself. The worst thing you can do is force yourself and take comfort that, at some point, you will be doing this again…

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So, my advice is to put down the wool, needle, whatever… stick the kettle on and do something else, or, like me, watch the TV and fall asleep on the sofa doing nothing. Now, where’s that remote…

The Healing Power Of Arts And Crafts

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all ‘tree huggy’ on you; no offence intended, it’s just a personal space thing so, if it is your style, then give it a hug for me while you’re there…

Anyway, I digress… We shouldn’t  underestimate the power that crafts in all their forms have on our personal and mental well being.
This article (link under photos) highlights how important crafts can be at improving not only the quality of our lives but also our mental health. I talk to so many of you who find crafts give you respite from disability, pain, stress, anxiety, grief and the normal pressures of daily life. Many of you are carers who have to spend much of your time at home caring for others and crafts offer, what one carer referred to as, ‘ME’ time (something everyone is entitled to ) and said it helped to keep her sane. So here’s a big high five to crafts in all their wonderful forms and maybe doctors should consider it a ‘complimentary’ medicine for some patients. In the meantime there is always Pinterest…x

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The Healing Power of Arts and Crafts