I love making things. In middle and high school art classes, ceramics were my favorite. In fact, ceramics and shop were about the only two electives I took in high school. We did something in middle school, I don’t know what it’s called, but you take a cardboard coil and wrap yarn around it to make baskets or coasters. That was fun, too. I cross-stitched, though I lack the patience. My mom crochet, and I tried to knit. Lopsided pot holders were about all I could manage. Leather work in the scouts opened me up to new horizons, and bead work became ways to express myself.
There’s something very primal about making things with our hands. My partner and I just replaced the doors on a storage shed yesterday. We made the doors; I painted them, and now, looking at our shed there is the pride of having completed a task and completing it well.
When we craft with our hands, whether it’s household projects that have to be done, or something that you’re doing just for you. When we put our hands together and make something with them, it’s an expression of our creativity.
Those of us who do energy work, such as reiki, can also imbue these items with reiki or other energy. If we make a gift for a loved one, we fill that gift with love for the family member. Crafting with our hands will give us the satisfaction of doing something well, provide an outlet for our creativity, and help reduce stress.
So, what do you like to craft?