After my anxiety went a bit sky high again this summer I had to have an Occupational Health report done by a doctor. During the chat we talked about hobbies and he remarked that even though it’s good to have hobbies all mine could be classed as solo ones that didn’t help when I would isolate myself when ill. His suggestion was that I look at how I could make them so I got to spend time with people rather than myself. Discussing it with a work friend it then became a kind of joke that I needed to be more ‘people-y’.
I enjoy crafting although I’d at that point only really done some knitting and bead making so I joined the office craft club. In the last few months I’ve been learning lots of paper crafts and created cabochons (clear glass beads that are painted) amongst other things. I’m not very good at it. My cutting out skills leave a lot to be desired and sometimes the finished output does look like it was done by my inner 6 year old than my real life 46 year old self but I love it. It is definitely one of the best decisions I have made this year. I’ve made new friends, got involved in some volunteering by selling poppies and just generally had a laugh. At the end of November I went to a Crafternoon Tea event which again involved paper crafting but with the added joy of tea and cake thrown in. What’s not to love.
Next year I have more of the same but am also signed up to have a go at silk printing and felt sewing. Over the last few months I’ve given thought to digging out my sewing machine and actually learning how to use it (my mother will be stunned, she bought me it 5 years ago and it’s never left the packaging) and just recently I’ve had the urge to bake again. That has to be at least 10 years. I’ve added a few photos below of some of the things made. As I said not everything is perfect but the peace of mind it brings and the stress release you get from crafting more than compensates for any finished product.