I never considered myself very creative in the past. I honestly still have trouble seeing myself as creative now. However, I do love making my handcrafted jewelry! Right now, I have no work space. Hopefully that will change in the near future and I’ll have my own little area of our tiny house to keep all of my supplies and create. As of now, when I want to make something, I get out my supplies and sit at the dining room table. All of my beading supplies: my gemstones, glass beads, beading wire, all of the findings, charms, chain, beading board, notebooks . . . anyway, you get my point. I can easily take up half of my table.
“No thoughts of the past. No worries about the future.”
I plan out what I want to make and set up only what I need for that item. It’s a meditation for me once I start creating. My dog can be barking. My kids can be running around screaming and playing. I hear it in the background but all I’m focused on it what’s on the table in front of me. No thoughts of the past. No worries about the future. I can focus on that piece for however long it takes to finish. Oh, there are distractions at times! Like when my 3 year old runs up and says, “I gotta pee! I gotta pee! I gotta pee!” 🤣 He always says it in threes and I have no idea why! Even with distractions it’s still relaxing. I enjoy being able to focus on the project and not worry about anything, which I tend to do a lot.
“Just sit and focus on what’s in front of me.”
Below are pictures of my Glow-in-the-Dark Pagan Charm Bracelet and a customized version of it that was requested by a customer. Once I planned what I was making, I then figured out how I wanted it to look. It took about an hour from the time I started measuring the chain to the last set of beads attached. I may not really take the time to sit and meditate by myself often but at least I’m able to sit and create. Just sit and focus on what’s in front of me. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! The Tourmalinated Quartz with the blue Czech glass glow beads are just beautiful.
Do you have crafting hobbies that you find as relaxing as I find this?