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    My Mum taught me to do counted cross stitch when I was about 12. I find it relaxing although it is so precise.
    I am blessed to live in a 55+ community and this month I will be learning to make my first jelly roll quilt. I'm nervous on one hand and so excited on the other.
    #crafts #quilting #sewing #countedcrossstitch

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    If at first you don’t succeed! Try again!

    You know the feeling right. You try to do a simple craft everyone can do and you find a million ways to screw it up? Yea that’s me with this project here. Been working on it for months… all summer. It’s my SmileDirectClub aligners/retainer. I wanted to bedazzle it since I noticed a lot of people do and I thought, “how hard can it be?”

    So first I found out acrylic sealer has acetone in it… you know nail polish remover. So some of my pearl rhinestones melted. I had to replace them endlessly. Then I found the sealer even managed to melt the plastic itself? So I’ve tried decorative tape for hula hoops to cover it. Then I keep making stupid mistakes and have to redo the tape. I spilled a whole bottle of rubbing alcohol in my bed at one point!

    And then there’s the back joint. I wanted to put tape on it without impeding the function. But it kept bunching up and ripping itself off. I finally got it right! Took different types of glued on top and under the tape and use mail clipped to pin it down and also sealer. But I did it! Mwahahaha!!!

    I’m also working to bedazzle the inside but I’ve been stuck in taping for so dang long! …but at the end of the day I’m proud of myself. I failed a million times but kept trying and eventually I always succeed. When the rubbing alcohol spilled in my bed I didn’t scream or freak out. I calmly pick up the bottle and grabbed towels. I’m actually proud of life skills I’ve gained from this simple (well in theory haha) craft!

    #crafts #hobbies #positive #CPTSD #PTSD #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder


    Blogging as therapy

    Recently I have started to blog as a way for me to work through things and to maybe help others feel they are not alone in the struggles of chronic health conditions and chronic pain. While I don’t get traffic really, it does help somewhat to put my thoughts down and out there.
    If you are interested, it’s, between the blog, being creative with crafting and reading- I feel I’m starting to have some kind of outlet.
    While these methods don’t work everyday, at least it does help some days.
    What do you do for an outlet?
    #ChronicIlless #RareDisease #ChronicPain #Anxiety #ChronicDepression #Mito #Outlet #Blog #crafts #Reading

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    #Christmas #crafts

    Just a quick video on some of the cards I've been making for the Christmas markets.
    These past two weeks have been tough, being stuck in one room once again. But, having the focus of this fundraising event has been a massive help and this set back has made me even more determined to do as much as I can to help raise funds and awareness for FND.

    (SassyFNDLife Sponsored by Friends of Ellington Park)

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    Beauty comes from chaos

    This my studio, yeah it’s messy but when I’m in there I’m in a trance. Sometimes I’m working on multiple projects simultaneously. I’m not in there all the time it depends on my mood. #messyartist #artist #crafts # #chaos

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    Finding it hard to craft

    Ever since my mom passed away a year ago (almost to the day) I haven’t been able to pick up scissors. It used to be “our” thing we did together, went on retreats or mostly over FaceTime. It’s just not the same. Now it’s sad + lonely. I don’t feel creative or inspired to even wake up in the morning let alone but my heart back out there again!! #Mourning #Grief #handmade #Loss #sad #Depression #crafts #scrapbook #mom

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    Normalizing #Anxiety

    Today I was reading in my anxiety workbook to do a 3x5 card taking your anxious thoughts and normalizing them. For example, one of them was “I’ll never get a new job” and I took it and said that I’ll do what I can, I’ll lean on my experience and resume (which is nothing to laugh at) and present myself well at interviews. They may not hire me as they may have someone in mind, or there’s someone more qualified, but I can just do the best I can. My other one was about failure. I listed all the ways I’m not a failure. Well then, since I’m a teacher I turned it into #crafts , cut them out with fun scissors, put them on cardstock, and laminated them. Having #Bipolar1Disorder and #Anxiety sucks, might as well do some crafts.


    Can anyone help me with tips for Learning to crochet?

    looking for tips, videos and advice on ways to get started. I'll be self-taught. Thanks!

    #crochet #DistractMe #crafts #ArtTherapy

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    What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? #themightylife

    I don’t know about you, Mighties, but when I have a day off it can be hard to just relax. I always seem to be doing *something* — whether that’s coursework, household chores or caregiving, my work never seems to stop (though I’ll admit the caregiving and coursework don’t really feel like “work” to me)! After months and months of trying to force myself to relax to no avail, I think I finally cracked the code: crochet. It allows me to be “productive” in a way that’s meditative and relaxing at the same time. Let me explain: my brain *thinks* I’m being productive (because I’m using up yarn) when I’m actually doing something calming to me. What are you looking forward to when your next day off rolls around? Let me know!

    #CheckInWithMe #DistractMe   #52SmallThings   #selfcare   #MentalHealth   #ChronicIllness   #RareDisease   #Disability   #Parenting   #Anxiety   #Depression   #BipolarDisorder   #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder   #TraumaSurvivors   #Undiagnosed   #PTSD   #ADHD   #Autism   #crafts   #Crafting   #crochet   #Trauma   #ChronicPain   #Migraine   #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease

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    What crafty works in progress (WIPs) from 2020 are you “leaving behind” in favor of new projects for 2021? 🧶🎨📝

    What’s a work in progress you’re leaving in 2020? Maybe it’s a complicated blanket you put aside a few months ago and just dread picking back up. Or maybe it’s a story you’ve been trying to write but can’t seem to get started.

    For me, it’s definitely my temperature blanket. I started cataloguing the high temperature for each day in 2020 and crocheting a row in a color corresponding to a color chart I created. I ended up putting it down around April but swore I would pick it back up “when I had more time,” so I kept track of the temps ...yet I never picked it back up. I think I am gonna leave this blanket in 2020 where it belong. The question remains, what do I do with all the leftover yarn? 🤔🧶

    What is a project you started in 2020 but aren’t going to continue working on in 2021? I’d love to know... I can’t be the only one leaving some projects in the dust lol.

    #crafts #crochet #DistractMe #52SmallThings #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #Disability #Parenting #Migraine #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #TheMightyCraftRoom #ArtsandCrafts #Arts #Trauma #PTSD #ArtTherapy #Selfcare #ChronicPain #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease