Crafting = Happy

10 Jun

A simple equation that a lot of people seem to be talking about lately.  If you are already involved in craftiness you are probably aware of this.  You might even be aware of the tingle of happiness you get when you do something even slightly more creative than your everyday.

Spurred by my Mr I recently read Making is Connecting by David Gauntlet.  The book looks quite substantially at Web 2.0 and how people are exploring creativity online but also looks at how even people who are creative in their everyday life are more able to connect with others through the internet, for example through blogs.  Even writing a blog is a creative act.  In a nutshell his argument is that making things make us happy because it allows us to connect with the materials, empowers our selves and builds or strengthens communities.  And bring these all together and you are on the way to a better world.  What is not to like?

All this is said much more eloquently by Hannah (Seeds and Stitches) who posted over at the Happiness Project London and Fiona on Heads Down, Thumbs Up.  So head on over and have a read if you haven’t already.

And then go out and do something creative.

It can be a challenge to find the energy, time or … creativity … to be creative.  But I promise if you start it only gets easier.  Just being more imaginative in your everyday routine is a first step.  Putting a bit more effort into the meal you make for dinner, trying a new way of applying your make-up (or if you are me making the effort to put it on at all in the morning).  So there is a challenge for you.  Go and do something different this weekend and tell me about it.

And here is some further inspiration for getting crafty.

Aardvark Letterpress (Etsy)

Have a great weekend!

p.s. What is a kazoo?  I din’t know either.  Wiki has the answer.

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4 Responses to “Crafting = Happy”

  1. Lucy 10 June 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    You didn’t know what a kazoo is?! Well, your life has been enriched already simply from finding out 🙂 x

  2. Nic's Notebook 10 June 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Haha I didn’t know what a kazoo was either!! SOunds like a great book, put it on my amazon wishlist 🙂 thanks for the rec xx

  3. HannahB 10 June 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks for the link!

    I think your so right here ” Just being more imaginative in your everyday routine is a first step. Putting a bit more effort into the meal you make for dinner, trying a new way of applying your make-up ”

    in that its about just doing little creative things in our everyday lives. Since I started to write more, make more, think more about cooking and what I’m wearing I feel much much more creative and Ideas come quicker and more easily than they did. My mister says creativity is like a muscle- it can be be honed and strengthened with use but becomes weak and bingo-wing-ie when not put to use, if that makes sense!

  4. Michelle Y 12 June 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    At least I wasn’t alone in a world without kazoos.

    @Hannah. I know exactly what you mean about the whole muscle thing. I used to talk about willpower being like a muscle and the more you exercise it the easier it is not to eat whole packets of biscuits (unfortunately my willpower muscle has been out of practice of late). And I agree this works the same for creativity.

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