Christmas activities: 24 festive things to get you in the Christmas spirit

As we move closer towards the end of 2019, Christmas is looming just around the corner and as the season is upon us it’s time to stop avoiding it! It is time to sit back and enjoy the festive feelings that this time of year brings. At this point, we should be enjoying the season and not worrying about it.

So now that we know it is time to get into the festive spirit however how does one actually do this?
For me, I absolutely love this time of year and I am completely determined to not let the lack of funds get in the way! So I thought I would share with you 24 activity ideas to bring on the festive spirit.

Get planning …

Christmas is the pretty much the busiest time of the year. So first things first, sit down with a notepad and your diary. write lists, plans and get everything down so you can get through it all.
I always say planning and prepping makes everything run smoothly, that and I love to be super organised, no winging it is going on in this house! that’s for sure!

Christmas Movie Night.

One of my favourite Christmas activities has to be an evening in bed. Or cosy up on the sofa with a bottle of wine, or even a hot festive chocolate, popcorn and the Christmas movies at our fingertips.

Since Christmas has its very own dedicated channel as well full of Christmas movies 24/7. There will always be something festive to watch.

Christmas crafts.

We started our Christmas crafts really early this year since we are planning to gift everyone homemade crafts, as a lack, we have a massive lack of funds available and so far it’s been working out, with only a few lefts to do. Leaving more time to craft some Christmas goodies for the day.

Handmade cards and gifts are so special and it’s amazing to receive something that has so much effort into. So get your crafty fingers ready and make your own presents, cards and decorations.

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My vinyl skills at Christmas

Spend an evening looking at Christmas lights.

Whether it’s a walk around your block or a trip around in the car, it’s lovely to use the opportunity to get out and see the effort that some people go to at Christmas, with their houses all dressed up. Twinkle lights, inflatable Christmas characters and even singing houses!

Enjoy a mulled wine & cheese night.

It is fair to say that most people love a cheese night. So grab a bottle of mulled wine (or if your feeling particularly creative cook some up yourself) and shove some cheese on a board, invite your besties around, and enjoy a festive evening of chat, Christmas foods and wine. Perfect, right?

I know that mulled wine isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so bring out the gin or even Prosecco.

Get baking and decorating, and make a Gingerbread House.

Is it really Christmas without gingerbread? The smell of mixed spices and cinnamon, the most festive aroma whilst it is being baked.

Decorating a gingerbread house and making gingerbread is so much fun and of course yummy.

You can read my favourite gingerbread recipe here.

Christmas markets.

For me, Christmas markets are a love-hate relationship. A festive opportunity to get some shopping and admire beautiful things on the stalls, definitely something to consider heading out too. My town of Southampton has a German Christmas market every year. It is definitely the atmosphere that the Christmas market creates that brings festive feelings.

The only reason I say I have a love-hate relationship towards a Christmas market is that they always seem to be slap bang in the middle of town. Bringing in even more customers to the shops making a Christmas shopping trip hectic and a little stressful.

Get the Christmas wardrobe going.

Festive, silly ugly, cute, different. Call them what you may but Christmas clothes like the old Christmas jumpers! who doesn’t own a selection of these to wear. Not just jumpers either. Leggings, dresses, tops and jewellery! Get it all out. It’s an opportunity to wear whatever you like. Even if you fancy looking silly dressed up as one of Santa clauses elves. No one’s gonna think twice! Perfect!

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This was last years

Putting up the Christmas decorations

I’m not gonna lie this year we have been slacks when it comes to some Christmas involved things. Normally As soon as we reach the 1st of December I am asking to put the tree up and the Christmas decorations out. we’ve finally got this done today. Spending ages to untangle the fairy lights, swearing at trying to get the branches to sit right, and trying to retread the strings that have broken off the. It takes hours, and sometimes we wonder why we bother since it’s all for one day.
But really, by having the decorations up twinkling away just has a pure automatic Christmas vibe. My favourite Christmas activity of them all.

Turn up the Christmas Music and wrap presents and cards.

Ok. Christmas present wrapping, it’s more of a chore right? You’ve gone out shopping spent loads of money and you are really pleased with everything you have brought your loved ones, but now you have to spend hours getting them all ready for the big day.
I am a lover of giving at Christmas but the wrapping, not so much the wrapping of everything. So, making a fun evening of it with the Christmas songs blaring. Or a film, whatever you choose can make the whole mountain of presents into a festive pleasant evening getting you right in the mood for Christmas.

Get the board games out of the cupboard.

Christmas time is all about family time in this house. So what could be any better than turning the TV off and getting the family interacting and chatting with some fun competitive things between one another?
One year for Christmas a lovely gift from my uncle was a guess the Disney tune where you need to blow the tune in to a harmonica. The memories made on that Christmas Day of my Nan trying to buzz out a tune will live with me forever. It was truly hilarious. I would definitely suggest a few games over Christmas whilst your family have been drinking. Honestly trust me on this one.

Light some festive candles.

Christmas definitely has a smell to it, right? I can’t be the only one to think so!

So by lighting some festive scents, be it candles or wax melts. Getting the house smelling lovely and Christmasy definitely helps the festive vibes. One of my favourite Christmas scents is Yankee candle snowflake! But you don’t need to spend lots of money on expensive candles, head to the pound shop! Or even home bargains, at this time of year they have plenty of winter scents in stock!

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What a beautiful elf workshop

visit your local garden centres.

I’m not the biggest fan of garden centres at any other time of the year, but as soon as we hit the Christmas month I can not wait to get to a few to see their Christmas displays. The garden centres seem to make such a massive effort when it’s Christmas, with beautiful Christmas walks, Reindeers to go and see, and decorations galore. I love seeing the shops all dressed up and totally Christmas galore.

Most garden centres will have things for you to go see, I honestly suggest this as a perfect activity for an age! Some you may need to pay a small donation for especially if your planning to take a trip to see Santa, but they’re normally so worth the money, we haven’t been let down yet.

At the beginning of this month, we took an amazing trip to Keydell Nurseries in Hampshire, you can read about this experience here.

Get some late night shopping in.

As it gets closer to the big day the stores give us more and more chance to spend our money! The best time is late night shopping hours, as the stores aren’t as busy as usual working hours. Plus it’s a perfect opportunity to go for a drink with friends and shop your heart out.

Elf on the shelf

Elf on the shelf is just the best, isn’t it? The past few years the elf on the shelf has become more and more popular in the UK. With Facebook being filled with peoples pictures of what their naughty elf has been up too.

I really wouldn’t say that elf is just for kids, although it is massively fun for them, adults love elf too, and if I’m honest, the elf’s who belong to adults seem to be even more naughty. Funny that right?

Even if you don’t have children to set up elf on the shelf for Kyle don’t have to be left out of this festive activity! Get your own elf and pose him doing naughty things to share with your friends! Why not hey?

watch a Pantomime.

‘Oh no she didn’t. Oh yes, she did’. Those famous words, as celebrities hit the stage this time of year to make us laugh. I am not saying that you need to spend hundreds on theatre tickets. at this time of year, there’s plenty of pantos being shown on the TV. There is definitely something about the pantos, that just screams festive.

This is definitely going to be one of my goals for our Christmas next year, I have been to Pantos before, and have even acted in one in an armature production of one, so I have got my heart set on the mayflower theatre next year.

spend time with your loved ones.

this is the time of year that we all make time in our busy schedules to see our family and friends.

It’s a given! It’s festive to spend time with loved ones is so take every possible opportunity to spend time with the people you care about by doing your Christmas activities with them.

Go ice skating.

I’m not the best skater but it just feels so festive to shove on some funny boots and making a fool of yourself as you confidently fall over on some ice. Perfect winter activity. Since it’s a cold-weather thing it’s the perfect excuse to grab a nice hot chocolate afterwards.

Participate in RAK.

Have you heard of RAK? It’s been around for ages and I have found that not many people have even heard of this. RAK stands for random acts of kindness. This is such a lovely way of spreading some festive cheer at this time of year by doing something randomly kind for a friend, neighbour or stranger. This could even be buying a homeless person some food or a hot drink and gifting it to them.

Consider how a small act of kindness could really make someone’s day. Hopefully, the person your RAK was for will follow on to do another act for someone else.

Make snowflakes and chains

Yes, I suppose that this should really come under Christmas crafts. But making snowflakes by cutting up shapes out of folded white paper. And making your own Christ chains is so fun and definitely a lovely decoration piece.
Also, snowflakes and paper chains have been a Christmas decoration for centuries. At one point families didn’t have flashy decorations or lights, so it’s nice to think some classic Christmas traditions are still being kept.

Read a Christmas book

If your a big book reader like me, then this is the perfect activity. Get in bed snuggle up and read a Christmas story, what a lovely way to get in the mood for Christmas. I always find that I get ideas for what I want to do at Christmas by reading stories

Last but not least… ENJOY Christmas.

It doesn’t matter if you are not yet in the Christmas spirit. Or if you are planning to leave it a few more days before you start thinking about Christmas, maybe your half and half. Christmas is not about how much your you have spent or if you have outdone it this year, it isn’t about what you receive under the tree. This is a season, it isn’t just a day, it is a feeling of festiveness.
So don’t get down by stress, it’s time that you can enjoy everything that you have been doing. I really think it is so important to remember that this is the most wonderful time of the year. Even if there are things that make you feel sad around this time, family and friends seem to always come together to be supportive.
The greatest thing is we have the opportunity to embrace and enjoy, so no matter what it is your doing this year to make your Christmas season special, enjoy every moment.

I would love to hear what your excited to get doing this season in the comments below!

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Meet the bloggers – Talking with SarahTradeMark

Good morning guys! I’m very excited to be starting a variety of posts to meet the bloggers. The blogging world has such a big place in my heart. I have made so many friends and learnt so much of the community that I wanted to give back by sharing these amazing people with my readers. So I’m starting off with a fantastic blogger from Oxfordshire, Sarah who blogs at SarahTradeMark.

I won’t lie. I am absolutely envious of Sarah’s beautifully coloured Hair. If you are into vibrant colours as well I would highly recommend you take a read of this post. Which is one of my favourites from SarahTradeMark.

you can also find SarahTradeMark on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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I asked Sarah to share with us some advice from her blogging experiences…

1) SarahTradeMark, What made you start blogging?

It all started when I was using a new face mask and liked it so much that I wanted to share my views with others, I created a blog and started sharing short reviews on my current makeup and skincare products.

2) And What advice would you give to a new blogger?

Don’t compare yourself to others. There will always be people better out there but everyone is unique and you should concentrate on finding your own style.

3) Where do you see your blog ‘SarahTradeMark’ in 5 years time?

I hope to still be blogging and hope to be posting more good and household products as well as fashion. I want to keep the same style of writing but want to post about a larger variety of products.

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I’d love to say a massive thank you to SarahTadeMark for taking part in my meet the bloggers segment.

If you would like to take part in my meet the blogger posts. Please pop me an email for more information.

A Christmas woodland walk at keydells.

Since my post ‘here we are in November’ we have been getting so busy. With getting ready for Christmas and getting my business up and running, it has been chaos. It’s no surprise that we were super excited to start the festive trips. Keydells nurseries were no exception.
When it comes to Christmas, Garden Centres, are one of the most popular places to visit. As most centres make a special effort for the Christmas season.

Keydell is a nursery (garden centre) in Horndean, Hampshire. It is a lovely place to visit at any time of the year. However, we do make a special annual trip there for a Christmasy family day.

So what is the Keydells woodland walk?

Keydell’s woodland walk is a beautiful Christmas walk around with so much to look at all around you. The staff at keydell should be so proud of what they have created.

The woodland walk itself is under £5 per person, and well worth the money to get in at any age. You can find the ticket prices on their website here.

Each area is themed so differently to the next. It is very obvious how much effort the staff have gone into these displays. The sheer amount of detail, and imaginative stories these scenes tell.

Adorable characters that sing and move, the smell of tinsel, pretty tinkering lights, glitter. Everything makes this room feel festive. It is impossible not to be sucked into the Christmas excitement.
You can tell how popular the nursey is at this time of year. We were eager and took our trip on the 23rd of November. The whole place was already busy with plenty of people walking around seeing the magic of Keydell at Christmas.

Festive unicorn ^_^

If you are thinking about taking a trip to Keydells, you need to have your camera ready. There are so many photo opportunities on the walk. For example, a model Santa where you can sit on his lap. Cute right?

Spending almost an hour around the trail. That is not all though…

We spent another hour looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations that Keydell have available to buy in-store. There are literally thousands of ornaments, light sets and Christmasy decor. It’s OK. We managed not to spend too much money, but that was so hard. I could picture so many of the decks making the house look pretty.

We really had such a lovely day! I would love to hear if you have had an experience visiting Keydell.
Or do you know somewhere else that is well worth the journey to go and see Christmas magic!

Stationery is addictive. 20 signs you are addicted to stationery​!

I have always had a massive passion for owning and admiring tons of different stationery. Literally I’m so obsessed with what stationary I own and I have so much of it. My favourite kind of sale is the back to school sales! where there is so much option of what you can buy!

For the love of all things pens…

I admit to owning a crazy massive selection of stationary but still always finding an excuse and reason to buy more. Especially notebooks. I store most things on my craft cart but I still end up spreading out to numerous boxes and drawers. Planners, Pens, notebooks, pads, There’s so much to need!

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So here are my 20 signs that you are also addicted to stationary…

❥ Already owning enough stationary to keep you going for 10 years. It is still unavoidable to not buy something new every time you get to the stationary aisle.

❥ Randomly scrolling through Instagram, seeing some beautiful stationery, to then need to spend hours searching for the same so you can buy it.

❥ Yet again, Having brought a new pretty pen and you can’t use it because it doesn’t write very well, but you can not face throwing it away.

❥ Your ability to organise your stationery into 100s of different types. (Best, pretty, colour, size. etc.)

❥ When you are starting a new project so need to go out and buy new stationery. It’s not like you already own enough.

❥ You feel fury when the pen you’ve been using has seeped into the next page of your beautiful notebook.

❥ The collection of unused notebooks is already taking over your room but you just can’t help but buy lovely notebooks. They are all so pretty and maybe one day you will find a use for them all.

❥ When It comes to buying stationery gifts for others that you then like, you need to buy 2 sets because you have to own it too.

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❥ You finally need to start a new notebook for your latest project, but before you can start you need to decide which notebook to use, which one’s gonna be perfect for this project. It takes ages to decide because you have way too much to pick from.

❥ Justifying buying a new notebook that is so pretty that you will never want to write in it. Which is fine, yep!

❥ All your friends and family tell you that you already have enough stationery, and you just can’t believe them.

❥ The house is actually already filled with the stationery that you own and yet your needing to make more room for the new things that you keep buying.

❥ And It is pretty accurate to say that you own more pencil cases then you do handbags. That’s OK though right?

❥ A feel a rush of excitement when you walk into your favourite shop s to buy stationary and they have a new range in.

❥ You constantly taking photos of your stationery looking rather admirable.

❥The idea of having a clear-out of stationery is mission impossible and most likely ends in tears.

❥ It is not actually your fault that conversations about stationary happen way too much when you are around. This just happens.

❥ More than half of your hobbies revolve around owning more and more stationary and reasons why you need to buy more. An excuse is an excuse, right?

❥ Understandably there is a separate place for boring plain stationery and it’s separate to all of the pretty stuff.

❥ Holidays and days out usually result in buying a fancy new pen in the gift shop saying where you’ve been.

If you enjoyed reading this post, Why not read about keeping organised, a previous post of mine! Stationary is a big key to keeping organised ;).

About me: 21 things you probably didn’t​ know, and some you did.

For a bit of fun, I thought I would share with you guys some random facts that you probably don’t know about me. Probably ones that you don’t want to know either. Sharing is caring they say though. You may have already gotten to know me a bit in my previous post ‘The A to Z of me’ so I’ve tried to keep my facts as different as possible.

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So… 21 things you probably don’t already know about me are…

♥ My full name is Alexandra Jade, and although it is disputably a beautiful name. Being fulled named I feel like I am being told off when I am being called Alexandra!

♥ We got engaged. yay, my beautiful girl proposed at Disneyland Paris this February, we’ve not had an easy beginning in our relationship and have definitely been put through shit times. Just makes me so much more excited to make so many more memories & call her my wife. You can read about our Disney trip here.

♥ Sunflowers are my favourite flower! They make me feel so happy.

♥ Unfortunately, I’ve experienced 7 trips in an ambulance. Too many trips to the hospital and I pretty much live in the Doctors surgery.
Having a condition called LPHS which is short for Lion Pain Hematuria Syndrome, PCOS, IBS, and I have unexplained issues with my stomach.

♥ My hair has changed colour a lot. I’ve even now gone back to purple! I am constantly changing the colour of my hair! It had been numerous shade of brown and blonde for a long time now.

♥ My favourite superhero is Wonder Woman! (and I even own a Lego Wonder Woman clock)

♥ nail art is a huge passion for me! Owning my rather large collection of Gel polish! and a lovely UV lamp. Secretly I think wanted to be a nail technician at one point!

Ok, I admit some of these are pretty obvious…

♥ Spiders absolutely terrify me! Living on a farm the past few years has definitely improved my phobia, but as soon as I see a big dark one, I’m squealing as loud as anything.

♥ 3 years of my childhood I spent in and out of a wheelchair having had corrective surgery on my legs.

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My favourite trip ever… Disneyland

♥ Horror is my favourite genre of films. I mean I love films all the time, no matter what genre, but I would much rather sit back and watch a horror than a total romance most of the time!

♥ Career path has been pretty erratic! from working in a shop, being an outdoors activity instructor, childcare, security and office work! To be honest, I was never very good at staying on one path!

♥ Odd socks freak me out. Matching pairs all the way.

It got harder to think of them at this point…

♥ Hello Kitty is still cool, and I love it! I swear I’ll never grow up! Just like the fact that Disney is my life.

♥ My go-to film when I am feeling poorly is ‘Cinderella story’… Yep! and after that, Music and lyrics.

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

Cinderella story – and my favourite quote.

♥ As a little girl, I dreamt of becoming a marine biologist! that was shortly outlived when I was at school and discovered my hate for Science class.

♥ The annoying thing about me is I am one of those list writers and an obsessive planner. I love to double write them too. I can have a list for any occasion.

♥ If I could pick one food to eat all the time, it would have to be sushi.

♥ Glitter & Pink is everywhere in my life.

♥ So far in my life, I’ve visited 5 countries. But determined to travel so much more in the future.

♥ Over analysing things is something I am really good at. It is not often I can ever really turn my brain off.

What about you?

What are your unusual and random things? Let me hear your random facts about yourself. Maybe you can relate to something I have written! Let’s get to know each other better.

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November here we are…

Happy November! Is anyone else feeling pretty excited that its less than 2 months till Christmas now? which means its even less time till the Christmas decorations come out! EEEE.

I love the day that we put our tree up! I can not wait. October sped by us pretty quickly. Of course, hoping that you all had a spooky Halloween! Yesterday we had brilliant fun, as we went trickle treating and carved pumpkins yesterday with friends.

November has come as almost a shock, not even realising October had flown past so fast, bad I know. This year has really sped by under the circumstances. I feel like it has only been 5 minutes since we were getting back from the most amazing adventures at Disney Land Paris.

God that was a good time! I wish I was back at that moment, I went there with a girlfriend and came back to be honoured to call her my Fiancé.

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This was one of my favourite moments!

Big news…

As some of you already know or read back in past posts, I have had a complete rollercoaster of time lately. Especially with my health taking a massive nose dive back in February. After countless visits to the doctor’s surgery and hospital, Major surgery and constant flow of scans. I can still say I am none the wiser really with what has been wrong, or is wrong with me now.

With the major disappointing time with leaving my job, I have finally begun to put myself out for some major changes.
I have been spending some time, writing business plans, countless lists, and getting the business ready I am taking the massive leap of faith. Heading into the world of the self-employed! (Argh, I know right! Whoah, Brave?)

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So what will I be doing for work?

Since it is me that is talking here, I am pretty sure, that you know that it isn’t going to be completely straight forward. I’m going to be doing a mixture of things, including buying and selling, continuing with my blog & craft. Since I got my Cricut, I am crafting even more than ever before. I am also working on a special project right now! But I will be keeping this completely secret! It is basically a watch this space kind of things.
Taking this time in my leap forward to appreciate everything that I already have, every experience that I have received and using them to build and grow.

Obviously I am well aware that this is going to be far from an easy ride but I have my motivated and determined cap on. I’m already getting myself ready to learn more skills, and practice the ones I already have. (like the organisation and the bookkeeping).

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So what are my goals this November?

  1. To continue to remain focused on building my business, and not give up on what I am doing!
  2. To bring more blog posts per week and get organised to media and content.
  3. Craft more! I’m hoping to be doing some fairs around Christmas, to sell what I have already created.
  4. Upload more to my Etsy Store.
  5. Take every opportunity that comes at me!

That is enough for now right?

So that is it for now! and To be honest, I think that those goals are pretty big enough to keep me going for more than a month, well that’s the plan anyway.
All I can say now is bring on December! when it gets even busier.

Love you All …

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5 reasons the craft world can help your mental health.

I admit it, I am a complete hobby addict. A creative anyway person, but always looking at new crafts, making new things, and making old things pretty. I could sit here and blame Pinterest, as this has become a real enabler for me. Finding so many things that inspire me just by scrolling for hours on that app. Seriously the time flies by and my brain is overwhelmed with ideas.
In the past few months, life has been more than a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions. During this time I have found myself escaping to my craft desk. I like to keep busy playing with my Cricut and spending time in my own world creating different things. I cannot think of anything else that is more therapeutic and fun. Looking back the past few months and looking at all the things I have created lately it hit me. I believe that crafting has a majorly positive impact on my mental health!
By having hobbies connecting to craft in my life, I have had a method of keeping myself winning.

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One of my many scrapbooking layouts

Something so simple…

It shouldn’t be a major shock. This is hardly a massive revolution I have had. However, it really has gotten me to think about myself, my health, and my mindstate. I thought I would share my thoughts on how craft can lead to positive mental attitude. So how can starting a craft hobby help your mental health?
Let’s start by remembering that a hobby that falls in any arts and crafts category could be absolutely anything. The possibilities are endless and most people are able to find something that is compatible for themselves. There are so many reasons that by starting a new hobby in the crafting world will have a positive impact on yourself and your mental health

Getting your creative juices flowing.

Just by starting a new creation or project, The creative juices in your brain are forced into action from the get-go. No matter what it is that you are busy with, your craft is the doorway to a million other doors.

Once you start something your mind becomes a mental mind-map of what else you can do. From seeing something in a shop you could use to create something amazing, to taking something old and making it even better than before. You are constantly find something new that you will want to get your hands on, or even find ways to make different ideas collaborate and expand. When you are creating something the world is your oyster. There is so much too do and so little time.

Even when you are out of ideas I suggest a quick trip to Pinterest and within minutes you can be inspired by something and thinking up your own unique way to create a similar project.

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So many craft tools, so little space?

Being able to unwind and relax with a craft.

There have been so many times that I have seen someone say ‘Do some colouring’, and say how colouring can be a good distraction from real life and easily therapeutic. It’s not so different from having a craft hobby. With colouring, you are making your choice to pencil, your choice of colour and your decorating something nice. Craft is the same except your probably grabbing the scissors, warming up the hot glue gun and sprinkling glitter and turning an idea into creations.

I have always felt that when I am able to get really engaged in a project it really can have such a positive effect on myself and my stress levels soon shrink.
If you read my previous post on why the Cricut is any crafters best friend, You May remember I mention my love for vinyl projects, like a lot. I have a passion for printing complex and fiddly designs and spend hours weeding the excess vinyl away. It does take time and patience but this can be so relaxing. what could be better than finding a new hobby that can be used as a distraction from reality? Leaving my problems and stress behind. I always call my desk my little craft bubble, because when I am there I am in my own happy place.

craft your expression…

I know that I’ve already mentioned being creative but for me, an expression is a whole different chapter in the book of creativity. Being able to express your feelings creatively is such a powerful and amazing device to consider. There are so many different options that can be inspired by what we are feeling. Pairings, art journals, scrapbooking, drawing and uplifting. just to name a few things that you can use your emotions to empower your creations. From using colours and pictures to reflect your mood, to using tools to manipulate objects and change them to your own envisions. You will be able to find so many new ways to express yourself and your feelings.

Positive reflection.

During the years my crafting experiences have had so many positive impacts on me. I try to think of most projects as a creative challenge. being able to throw yourself into something you can enjoy leads to positive energy. There is something so amazing about that feeling that you get when you are inspired by a new idea when you found a solution to a tricky crafting nightmare, the experiences of learning new things and different ways to do things, and that final moment, Meanwhile the hours that you have spent creating something is finally finished. That feeling of being proud of yourself, for what you have achieved.

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Vinyl decor mugs with the Cricut! Crafting bliss.

Craft an awesome finished project … eventually.

Don’t get me wrong, I have had so many of my fair share of unfinished projects and ongoing ones. Projects that have pained me to finish, maybe they took me absolute months to finish. It doesn’t really matter. You can use your mistakes to learn from just like in real life. That feeling you have when you’ve finally got there, I didn’t give up and completed them. That feeling I love, it is such a warm amazing feeling, embrace it. I absolutely feel empowered when I can say I did that. look at what I have done, I created something and that thing, it’s amazing and it’s all down to me. That feeling is pretty epic. It’s so positive.

Do not forget that even if a project that you have completed isn’t perfect. You still did it yourself. You have still created something pretty amazing. Find the positives in what you have achieved.

Have I missed anything out?

I mean crafting is one of my major hobbies and it really does have a special place in my heart and life. When I’m having a down day I can sometimes turn it all around by challenging myself into something new!

As always I would love to hear from you guys, with your opinions. Do you have an experience where you have found something in the craft world that keeps you positive? Do you feel that craft has a good reflection on your mental health? I want to hear! Let me know in the comments. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

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