The benefits of crafting to mental health are well known… indeed, as Mind’s Crafternoon on 5th December set out to show, it boosts self esteem, it creates positive neural pathways and it generally takes absolute concentration to learn and perform a craft. Today is about considering what craft you’d like to learn in 2021 and setting the wheels in motion. It takes 10,000 hours to … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start a New Craft
Creativity is so often born out of necessity. It’s week three of lockdown for me, and I am as happy as I’ve been for years… at home. How I feel about the external world and the situation that hits me like a brick when you go outside, that’s a different matter. That’s something I can’t change or control, so I am ignoring it sensibly, which … Continue reading Cultivating Creativity: Wholehearted Living Guidepost Part 6
If you’ve spent any time in the world of craft blogs, nature blogs, Oh-I-wish-I-were-there blogs or mostly just blogs, the chances are you’ve come across Emma’s website, Silver Pebble. Emma is a craftsperson, designer, naturalist and deep thinker who lives on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens. I can’t even remember when I saw her blog first, via a friend’s recommendation, and her jewellery is … Continue reading Hygge Book: Making Winter by Emma Mitchell
There are very few times when Google lets me down. Usually when I begin a new blog post, I put in “*** quotes” and it gives me a page of links to go through to and pick and choose the most appropriate. Today I put in ‘crochet quotes’ and it was almost bare. Like, nobody thinks of crochet beyond it just being an act of … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Crafts
Hibernation is a survival strategy designed to conserve energy when conditions are harsh. How Stuff Works* How are you after Christmas? Have you taken the decorations down yet? Have all the goodies that you bought for Christmas been eaten up yet? Are you back at work? (today, for me) or still off with children for whom the excitement of Christmas and the presents you bought them … Continue reading Hibernation: What is it, and why am I doing it?
Is it still only August? I don’t know about you, but I find once I’ve been away on holidays then my brain naturally turns to thoughts of Christmas and my favourite seasons, Autumn and Winter. I love hygge as a principle because it aims to take little moments in life and make them pleasurable. It looks for the small details and covers them with love … Continue reading Hygge Book: Scandi Christmas by Christiane Bellstedt Myers
Meraki is a Greek word meaning doing something with soul, creativity or love. When you put yourself into a project you are doing it with meraki. I think anybody who has ever started a real labour of love, be it a crocheted blanket, a picture, a pottery vase or even a meal cooked for someone they love will appreciate the idea of doing something … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Meraki
Subscription boxes are big business now, and you can buy them for nearly every thing imaginable. My daughter gets a monthly Birchbox, because at 15 make up is a big part of her life. I’ve personally loved the Hygge boxes available from Living Hygge and Hyggebox (review here) and I love the idea of happy mail popping through the letterbox now and again. When I … Continue reading Hands up who likes crochet? Now, who likes reading?