When I was little, I had a special ‘making box’ that we kept in a little cupboard in the kitchen. It was filled with everything from glitter glue and PVA to loo roll tubes and old scraps of material. Together, my mum and I would collect bits and bobs wherever we went, and into the making box they would go. When the time came (and that time was whenever I decided – I was a very bossy child!), we would empty the box onto the kitchen table and just start creating! Papier Mâché castles, little houses for my toys, snowflake garlands at Christmas; you name it, we made it – along with memories I’ll cherish forever. Even as I got older, my love for crafts didn’t go away, and my teenage years were spent enjoying jewellery making, embroidery, knitting and painting (and drinking cheap vodka in fields, obv).
For the last few years, though, creative projects have really taken a backseat. Don’t get me wrong, I still think creatively and enjoy creative things, but physically making stuff, experimenting with different materials and starting new hobbies has kind of dropped off my radar. Until now, that is!
Recently, I’ve had a bit of an awakening. I’ve made marmalade and soap, this weekend I made chutney and 2 types of fudge, and on Wednesday I went to a ‘festive bunting’ workshop in a pub just near my flat! I made a pom pom garland (pastel, naturally), which is now hanging proudly in a previously bare and boring corner of our living room. I’m planning to make a giant (think hula hoop sized) dreamcatcher to hang from the garden door frame, and the candle making equipment I bought forever ago is finally seeing the light of day.
I’d honestly forgotten how much I love learning new skills and creating things, and I’m excited about all the different projects I can plan for 2018! I’m always itching to add new elements to our flat, so I’m going to scour Pinterest for ideas – and if they go well, I might just share them with you here. If you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with anxiety when I’m alone at home, so I think having some crafty projects to distract me will benefit my mental health too!
What are your favourite crafts or hobbies? Have you made anything that you’re especially proud of? If so, send them my way – I always find other people’s work so inspiring!
Oh, and one more thing – if you’re based in Brighton, check out the Cult Milk workshops held every Wednesday at The Dorset Bar & Kitchen on North Road. They have everything from pottery painting to nipple tassel making – an amazing way to spend a midweek evening! If you’re not in Brighton, I’m sure there are similar things going on in your area if you look in the right places. I can’t recommend it enough!