As we know, there are many ways of reducing our stress and anxiety such as positive thinking, physical exercise, meditation and the like. Even though all of these methods are effective and beneficial for our peace of mind; so is engaging in recreational activities as well. One form of recreation for many of us is the natural joy that comes from crafting and making something come to life.
For some, crafting is not only a form of enjoyment but it is their livelihood too. For example, in Fountain Hills Arizona there is an annual Festival of Arts and Crafts which features nearly 500 artisans who each have their own unique ideas, and artistic flair which is evidenced in the products they create and sell.
Approximately 200,000 people attend this function each year from across the country and around the world. Enjoying the talents of others at this event is a wonderful experience, as well as, getting creative ideas and great gifts. There is a vast assortment of handmade creations and assorted treasures found within the booths that line the streets such as unique furniture pieces, dishes, ornaments, clothing and more.
Naturally, crafting doesn’t have to be fancy or used for selling or displaying to the public. It can be something we simply find pleasure in doing for our own personal enjoyment such as knitting, making model airplanes, scrapbooking, or needle point.
Recently, I’ve become reacquainted with making wall rugs using a latch hook kit. I like the simplicity of pulling colored pieces of yarn through a printed design on a canvas and watching that design come to fruition with each row of yarn that I weave.
My current rug is a lighthouse which I look forward to hanging on the wall when it’s completed, however, at the same time; I am enjoying the process along the way.
I certainly enjoy other creative and recreational activities too such as writing and lounging at the beach. However, it was fun to return to this other form of entertainment as well.
No matter what form of expression we choose, when we’re engaged in the creative process, it can be a totally in the moment experience. The hours just seem to melt away, along with our stress and anxiety from the fun and relaxation that our chosen activity can provide.
What do you enjoy creating?
If you are feeling restless, creatively challenged, or looking for something new; try walking through a local craft store or craft festival, and see what creative ideas come to life.