Reclaiming hobbies is great for your mental health

I’ve always been a super crafty person. It probably has something to do with my paternal grandmother being a seamstress. My mom was also bitten by the crafting bug and always made us the most amazing Halloween costumes while we were growing up.

I have vivid memories of hand sewing little bears and other items from the scraps of fabric my grandmother had. I still don’t sew as often as I’d like to, but I’m glad that I’ve gotten back into cross-stitch.

I have to give some thanks to Sadie of the Yarnivore podcast, since she’s also recently gotten back into cross-stitch and started a Flosstube (a cross-stitch podcast on YouTube).

I’m pretty sure that at least for the last 5 years I’ve always had a cross-stitch project on the go. But it was usually tucked away in a drawer for months. Occasionally I’d go to Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics and buy a 5 inch x 7 inch cross-stitch kit and finish it pretty quickly. But in the past year or so, I’ve been working on my cross-stitch projects pretty regularly!

To get my cross-stitch mojo flowing again, I decided to work on a smaller project. Smaller projects are great for people who are project crafters. (Having a finished object gives me a lot of pride, but I am about a 50/50 split of project/process crafter.) This Mill Hill Calaveras Charmed Ornament was super fun to make, and I’m definitely going to get the other kits in this series pretty soon.

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Earlier in the year, I made a Mill Hill Buttons & Beads kit for a dear friend’s birthday. I loved the project so much that I decided to make another one for myself!

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It looks like most of the Mill Hill Buttons & Beads kits result in a 5 inch by 5 inch project, with 1/2 inch of fabric along the each side. I found a 6 inch by 6 inch frame for a pretty good price the last time I finished this project (for the aforementioned birthday present) and just had to get another one for my finished object. I haven’t decided if this is going on the wall of my craft room, or if it’ll sit on my desk at work.

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