The Healing Power in the Act of Creating
Neuroscientist Kelly Lambert has shown in her research that "when you knit a sweater or plant a garden,...when you prepare a meal or simply repair a lamp, you are bathing your brain in feel-good chemicals and creating a kind of mental vitamin."
I found this info in great article on EcoSalon that talks about the link between Using Your Hands and Soothing Your Brain.
I like my daily dose of mental vitamins.In between drawing out an idea for an upcoming project,I continue to work on the cloth guest book pages. I'm enjoying weaving patterns (blue embroidery circles with sequins)around the guests doodles and writing, as well as embellishing their writing (yellow stitches on black text).
The quote that someone wrote, is by the champion of individualism, Ralph Waldo Emmerson and from his essay Self-Reliance. In the essay Emmerson talks about "the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas".
If you LOVE dong crafts or art, stop worrying about what others think, or that it has to be some masterpiece, or the need to justify it by proving it's worth in dollars. Something much more valuable is afoot, your well being.