Category Archives: handmade

Weaving in ends

When I work on a crochet project, I always tell myself that I am going to weave in the ends as I go. Unfortunately, that rarely happens! The project that I ‘m currently working on has many, many color changes. I’ve estimated that the end weaving alone will take me 15-20 hours. eeeeekkkk!!!! Fortunately, I can weave in ends while I am working.

This has been a really fun project and I am excited to have it start coming together. I enjoy crocheting the many sections together.

Oliver enjoys being able to hang out on a stack of crocheted octagons. 🙂

I can’t wait to share the completed project with you! Not long now!!!

Crafting is good for our health

As a spa owner, health and wellness was an important part of my life. We provided services which produced benefits both physical and psychological to combat daily stressors and produce an elevated sense of well being.

Now that we are operating as a Creative Arts Center, we are still providing many of the same benefits.

Crafting has long been used in Occupational Therapy as a way to work on fine motor skills; but it is also used to work on cognitive skills and has been shown to improve overall mental health.


“There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time,” says Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuropsychologist and wife of Craftsy.com CEO John Levisay. “And that’s that creating — whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating — is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.”

In a large scale international survey of knitters, respondents reported psychological benefits including relaxation, reduced anxiety, relief from stress, increased happiness and an improvement in cognitive abilities.

In another study, knitting was found to reduce workplace stress and compassion fatigue among oncology nurses.

Researchers tell us that learning new things and flexing our mental muscles, is one of the best things to protect ourselves from certain types of dementia. It also relieves stress by giving our brains something different to think about, gives us a sense of achievement, and gives us a new way to connect with others.

Crafting creates a sense of belonging and community. “When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life,” Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said during a TED talk in 2004. “You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.”

I am a solitary person by nature. But I have found when I craft with a group of others I am uplifted and inspired. I am encouraged, invigorated and enthused! I truly enjoy it and it is one of the few things that will get me out of the house!

I am so excited to be part of a community of crafters! I have spent the last two decades on a quest to learn as many forms of crafting as possible. I am looking forward to sharing this knowledge with and learning from others! You are invited to join me. Lets de-stress, relax, enjoy life and be well together.

Beth

Cathedral Window Quilt

I am so, so excited to announce our newest class!

Made and photographed by Beth Graham

This class will teach you how to make the time honored Cathedral Window Quilt!

 Inspired by historic church and cathedral stain glass windows, and made from ‘scraps’, this highly portable pattern became popular in North America in the 1930s. This beautiful quilt is sewn 100% by hand; no sewing machine required.

Each quilt block is made using a folded patchwork technique similar to origami; and as you complete each block, you have completed the top, middle and bottom layers! There is no need to sandwich, baste, pin or ‘quilt’ through the layers because it has already been done!

This is such a peaceful, relaxing project! I’ve worked on them while watching TV, in meetings, in the car ( not while driving, of course! 😉 )

This class will take place over four Thursday evenings.

May 2, 2019
May 9, 2019
May 16, 2019
May 23, 2019

You will need to bring your fabric and basic sewing supplies. A detailed list will be sent out before the class.

If you have made one of these gorgeous quilts before, or inherited, or were gifted one, please share a picture with us!


Fighting the dreariness of winter with color

The dreariness of this winter has really sapped my energy. I desperately need some sunshine to recharge! Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I will get any for a while.

Despite the weeks upon weeks of cold, dark, dreary, rainy weather, at least I can work on colorful projects! I’ve spent most of my time working on beading projects and I’ve created some really neat pieces.

This daisy bracelet is beautiful! It is my own design. I absolutely love it and I had so much fun making it! I am working on a tutorial and will post it when I finish.

This bracelet turned out gorgeous! This was created from a pattern I purchased on Etsy. I really love the colors of this one:

I love this pattern in general and ended up making it in multiple colors.

These earrings were also made with superduos and I think they turned out really cute!

I wanted to create some pretty, colorful, dainty bracelets that would be great for stacking and at a lower price point. I made the beaded bracelets below using the ladder stitch and Miyuki Delica seed beads. The Miyuki Delicas are tiny and come in beautiful colors.

Though most of the past few weeks have been spent on beading, I did manage to get in some crochet time. I made two cute, retro, nylon, crocheted bags. I still need to block the front flaps, sew on the button and add a liner. I will post pictures of them when I am finished.  

I have ordered the supplies for several new crochet projects and I can’t wait to get started on them.

Side note: I have been told that people tend to follow blogs that are heavy on pictures. I am terrible at taking pictures. I always have been. Even though mobile phones today have amazing cameras and photo editing capabilities, I still don’t seem to ever get around to taking pictures and when I do, they turn out horrible. If I didn’t feel the need to include pictures, I would write and post everyday!