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.


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!


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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