The Power of Crafting

knittingOver the past couple of months I’ve found myself a bit overwhelmed and struggled a little with anxiety. Its partly because I have so much to do, I don’t get much in the way of down time. As a mum of three every second seems to be scheduled and i’m constantly being asked something or the other whether it actually has a purpose or not. It can be incredibly draining. I’m one of those people who needs to get to the end of each day and feel like I have achieved something, whether its a small or big thing and this is what keeps me going.

To this end I have returned to doing as much crafting as I can fit in between everything else. Perhaps a little to the detriment of this blog. This month I’ve taught myself how to knit socks, my friend Penny showed me how to use circular knitting needles, I knitted Fifi a poncho and a few hats and I’ve been churning out little applique Scandinavian style fairies on my sewing machine. I’ve also begun the arduous process of quilting a kingsize quilt. I’ve tried to do lots of stuff with the children after buying an enormous tub ofairyf air drying clay. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see some of my efforts. I’m not going to pretend to even be that good at any of these things but it has given me something to think about.

Remember I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve stopped reading the newspapers? Well, I’m still going on strong on that one and i’ve replaced my reading with inspirational craft blogs. The only problem with these is that they are not necessarily that frequently posted upon.  I’d very much appreciate suggestions if you have time, as i’m running out of things to read in the dark! (I like to read actual books.)

Spraying with gold paint the kids efforts at Christmas craft with the air dry clay

Spraying with gold paint the kids efforts at Christmas craft with the air dry clay

I’ve even started combining craft plans with work and next year i’m off on a pottery day course and a prehistoric pottery day course. I’m going to learn how to dye wool and refresh my knowledge of spinning and weaving. I should be able to then use all of this in my work teaching children in an outdoor museum. I’m quite excited by these possibilities and for the first time in a long time I feel quite positive about the opportunities for learning that the future holds despite being held back by my childcare responsibilities!


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