How are you this week? It’s been such a weird one hasn’t it?
In some ways I feel really positive and as though things are close to normal and then in others I feel like ‘normal’ will never be here.
Then I feel guilty for wishing for normal when so many are suffering and then I feel really frightened of it all. It’s a lot. The ‘corona coaster’, as they say!
I have wondered a few times what the national/global psychological effects of this will be.
It’s bound to change our thinking and mentality in some way, surely?
I feel a bit like right now we are all just trying to make it through, make the best of it, stay positive etc but when it’s all over and we can breath a sigh of relief, will it all be ok or will there be some sort of collective reaction? I worry that there will be a lot of trauma.
Bereavement and separation and prolonged fear are powerful.
So, as you can see, I’ve been really catastrophizing and not always feeling like I can control my runaway thoughts or fears.
I’ve not been sleeping well and I’ve been worrying excessively over things relating to the children.
I’ve tried all the usual things this past seven months – bubble baths, box sets, chocolate (omg far too much), wine, chatting to friends, tidying etc but none of them have really ticked the box until – Crafts!
Fun fact for you, when I start my OG Blog in 2009, it was called, ‘Beads, Buttons and a Sprinkle of Glitter’ because it was all about crafts!
I had just bought my first home in the Spring and I was doing it up on a shoe string. I HAD to be crafty to make it all work but I loved it!
Crafting is in my DNA. My Mum ran a craft fair business, my Granny did watercolours so beautifully, Auntie Judith can make clothes, Auntie Rose stitches quilts, Great Aunt Edna sewed, Great Aunt Barbara draws, it’s just our ‘thing’.
Life has been so busy this past decade that crafting took a back seat. Books, babies and boyfriends have taken up all my time but now with the world at a weird stand still, I need something.
I have been absolutely LOVING turning my hand to crafts projects big and small. It gives me a focus, I feel pleased with the results and it’s a lovely opportunity to spend quality time with the children.
I’ve renovated larger pieces of furniture or just painted sticks from the park and called them ‘magic wands’. Also, it’s a really lovely time of year to see things you’ve made dotted around your home. Gotta get that cosy yanno?
I was going to make this post about how I make things but it’s turned into a waffle about the COVID feels. Sorry about that gals! You know how it is- once I start typing it all just pours out!
Next time I’ll do a bit more of a step by step on crafts if you’re interested.
I hope you are finding things that soothe the soul and are managing your minds a bit better than I am!
Such big love to you all,