The Joy of Crafting

Ever since I can remember, I’ve enjoyed being creative. Whether it’s crocheting, sculpting, writing, or sewing I love losing myself in a project. 

A McQueen sand sculpture I made at the beach.

The odd thing is, I generally don’t craft just to craft. It seems I need a little motivation to start a project, and that motivation is usually a birthday, or a holiday (I like to give handmade gifts). The other thing about the process, for me, is that I usually don’t have a ton of time to get a project done. I am not one to plan projects far in advance. What generally happens is, I realize a birthday is coming up in a week or two and I look around for something to make. Then I go crazy trying to finish it.

I prefer quick crafts to longer ones, especially since there never seems to be enough time to work on them. Longer projects often start out as a gift for one event like a birthday and wind up as a gift for another. (Except for the case of the Christmas stocking I’ve been cross-stitching for my niece for the last 3 years. At this rate it will be a 21st birthday gift for her…)

So what is it about crafting that brings me joy? I know a big part of it is just using my hands to create something. Even in typing there’s the physical movement that I enjoy. There’s something about getting lost in the process that almost seems like a meditation sometimes. If I’m focused enough, I might notice that I’m actually in the present moment, my mind has not wandered to the future or the past. It’s also a great way for me to relax, often the repetitive process in many crafts acts as a major de-stressor (unless my yarn becomes wildly tangled).  

Reflecting on this, I thought I’d share the joy and post links to some of my favorite project patterns and tutorials here:

Do you have a favorite craft? Share it in the comments below or on Facebook!

 

 

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