Thanks for popping in.
Wednesday is the day we speak of WHY we craft,
rather than WHAT we craft, right?
Well, let me tell you why I started crafting, shall I?
At a tangible level, it was to create work I could do from home when the kids were nippers and we lived in the States.
At a deeper level, it was to keep busy; it was to use my hands to distract my mad head.
Because as so many of us know, the head can be a dangerous place. Mine is certainly not one you would want to enter alone at times – well, not without a hard hat and a torch – it gets pretty dark and scary in there occasionally!
So focussing on making something – a card, a canvas, a Groovi picture – this will help take my mind off its prey for the day.
As John Milton so aptly wrote in Paradise Lost,
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
What I have finally figured out is that I am bigger than my mind.
(A LOT bigger, actually! Ask my jeans!)
So on days when it thinks it can plough me into anxious despair, I just have to be quick enough to see the game afoot, and get my toolbox out.
The latest addition to my toolbox is not what you would think.
It’s not a craft toy at all! I have pallenty of craft toys!
Nope. I have subscribed to Audible, and am listening to books.
What a perfect creative escape!
I can’t tell you how effective it is as an anti-anxiety tonic.
You just get swept up in another world – and basically, you forget yours!
Now please don’t misunderstand me. I am not suffering from something sinister, I am not depressed, I am not struggling with life. I think I am just a normal, middle-aged working woman, who happens to run a busy business. You may think differently, but I just think I am an average human-being who is trying to lead a happy, full life. There are days when I wake up and for no reason, I could just roll over and go back to sleep. There are days when I cry more than usual, there are days when I get angry over pretty insignificant stuff. Maybe it’s the menopause, maybe it’s just super-sensitive me. But I reckon many of you reading totally get me.
So back to the first line of this ramble.
Why do you craft?
Think about it. Maybe you just want to be creative.
Maybe you get bored with TV.
Share please do.
I think I started crafting to make a living,
and THEN figured out the real benefits.
Time to go.
Book to listen to on the way home. Phillip Pullman does it for me!
Love & Hugs,