Welcome To My Blog

Hi my name is Rae and welcome to my blog!!

Just to introduce myself, I am a arts and crafts tutor based in Wokingham UK. My passion is helping others to find the beauty in creating, especially when used as a way to counterbalance the anxiety and stress we deal with on a daily basis.

2020 has been such a weird year for everyone so far. We seem to be manifesting this collective cycle of grief and anger that just weighs us all down and keeps us in a pretty constant state of stress and fear - at least that's been my experience.

One of the ways I’ve been dealing with the feelings of isolation and stress has been using repetitive crafts to keep me occupied. These types of crafts help create a ‘zen-like’ mood which I find particularly good for 2 reasons -

1 - they are great used as a distraction from my feelings

2 - they can also give me some time to sit with my thoughts whilst keeping my hands busy.

Sitting and talking about my feelings isn't something I find easy to do, but let's face it – who does?! Which is why I find creating so therapeutic, as my friend and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist Lucy Herd says “you're healing without knowing it.”

Repetitive types of activities are known to be good for you especially at anxious times, matching your bodies reaction to the fight or flight response. Examples would be crafts like crochet, doodle drawing or needlepoint. Check out my article below about repetitive crafts for more info/ideas.

If I’m not creating something, I’m usually daydreaming about new ideas/projects I want to try. Which is not very good when you’re in an office meeting or supposedly concentrating on other things! It's a really bad habit and I often then find that I’ve been staring at someone for 10 minutes without actually realising they are there! Awkward!!!!

I have been wanting to write a blog for a while but never found the time. However, now that we are all spending more time at home and online, I thought it was time to bite the bullet and have a go.

The vision for my blog is partly to document my week, whether that be mad ramblings about things I come across or details of new projects that I’ve made. I’m hoping it will be a way to interact with others, exchanging/creating ideas & making some new friends.

So feel free to join me on this creative adventure!

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