Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Craft yourself happy

Do you ever have days when you wake up and wish you hadn't? Where every little thing just feels like Too Much Effort?

Today was such a day. I didn't help myself by skimming Country Homes and Interiors at breakfast. I tried walking with friends from the playground after school dropoff. I tried looking at flowers. I tried halfheartedly shifting piles of stuff around the living room in an attempt to start sorting it out (let's face it, what it needs is a giant skip and for no one to actually live in it for a while).

And then I thought, "This is not working. I am feeling worse."

And THEN I thought "I need to make something. Now."

And so I found some beads and some silver wire and I did.


And I felt about a million times better and I am going to wear it all day and probably all day tomorrow too. And smile to myself.


The inspiration came from this lovely book. And now I need more wire.

27 comments:

  1. It is stunning and so glad it made you feel better. I have lots of those sort of days!

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  2. Craft-therapy - works for me every time. Lovely brooch, Val.

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  3. Oooh, that's adorable Ms. Dotty! Nothing better than a little crafty time making tings!

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  4. It's great when something so pretty and quick can cheer you up. It's a lovely brooch.

    Also - I'm amazed that you have silver wire to hand. I'd like to live at your house.

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  5. Oh, a beautiful brooch! It reminds me of those brilliant bead threading frames the children had when they were small. I loved them as much as they did!

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  6. A spot of creativity is a great mood lifter. I try to fit in a bit of sewing, knitting or crochet during nap time, a few moments of peace can make all the difference.
    Lovely brooch!

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  7. Ooh clever you, it's lovely, that brooch would make me feel better too!

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  8. Yes I recognise that sort of day.

    The brooch is lovely - so hard to find chunky pins that stab through chunky jumpers and scarves - and that's just right!

    Celia
    x

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  9. Saved by making once again! I notice, though, that you didn't mention trying chocolate; what gives??

    LOVE the pin!!

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  10. Ah, I know those days only too well. Your pin is fab, it reminded me of one of those puzzles too.

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  11. That is such a lovely brooch. I think it's even more special because it helped you out of a fog. It reminds me of a maze.

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  12. Good for you, turning a rotten day into one which produced a piece of loveliness. I'd have just gone back to bed.

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  13. its gorgeous no wonder it perked you up!!!

    xxx

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  14. It's lovely Val and a very clever way to cheer yourself up! I've been knitting myself happier this morning. Lucy xx

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  15. What a lovely brooch, I love doing craft things to make me feel good - great tonic!

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  16. Crafting is definitely the perfect way to chase away the blues and it's doubley good when you end up with something so gorgeous to wear - hope it brings you lots of smiles over the coming week x

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  17. Ah yes, I seem to be having a lot of those days lately...no sewing,knitting or crafting (unless you count buying wool)of any sort been going on in my house since before Christmas. Stuck in a bit of winter rut I think...your brooch is lovely. Glad it made you smile :)

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  18. So beautiful. And I definitely have those days too... K x

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  19. Oh, goodness... I have these days all the time... well done for rescuing it. They are hard to rescue! Making stuff is good, no?!
    xxx

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  20. Simply lovely!
    I too, have days where I just have to make something. Actually, my family seems to know this about me and will direct me towards my creative space when I seem "out of sorts". I'm told, "Go make something, Mum. You'll feel better." Too true. ;o)

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  21. Love your beautiful pin Dotty! And isn't it so true that making something can be such good therapy. I don't know how I survived the ups and downs of life before I began knitting. Oh wait, I do remember -- wine ;).
    Blessings,
    GG

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  22. That is so beautiful. I would wear that every day if I bought it let alone if I made it.
    Gillie

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  23. That's such a beautiful brooch. I hope you're feeling a bit less miserable now - it's winter isn't it? We need Spring. Now. :) x

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  24. It's wonderful... and who doesn't love The Book Depository too? They have changed my life over here 'cos I order English books for the kids and I all the time!

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  25. LOVE, love, love the brooch, DottyCookie! That's the way to lift the spirits. ;o) I'm doing a big early spring clean around the house along with crafting... it all helps! Happy Days ((HUGS))

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