Friday, 11 May 2012

Therapeutic Crafting

A couple of weeks ago I started a fantastic course on confidence.  I think as women and especially Mums, we tend to have confidence in everything and everyone but ourselves.  The brilliant thing about this course is that half of each session is spent making something.  We have all sorts lined up for us. 
At first a few ladies couldn't figure out why the crafts part was there- but it is incredibly therapeutic!! I knit and cross stitch to relax. It is something I can sit with in the evening, in front of the telly and just veg.  
And when you aren't working on a thousand things at once it is very rewarding when you finish something.  
What do you guys think? Do you craft for a reason or because you find it relaxing? 

Friday, 4 May 2012

Applique Handprints

I actually saw this idea on pinterest, and have been wanting to do it for some while and this last couple of months I have had the best excuse. In March it was my Mum's birthday and in April it was my Mother in Law's birthday.  This was the perfect idea as a gift to them from the kids.  I framed these in embroidery hoops and it is the first time that I have done this and I am quite impressed with the results.
The first set were done back in March and I've been wanting to show them off ever since!!  .

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The first two were left with bare frames and the date etc written on, whereas for the second lot I covered the hoops in ribbon. I can't decide which is my favourite way but they both look quite nice.