It is a day where loved ones will buy roses, chocolates or write letters to their loved ones. I got a Valentine’s wish from a friend. It felt so nice to see on my phone that I had received a message. I opened the message and lo and behold it was a wish from a lovely friend.
I hope everyone can show love to their loved one all year round and not only on 1 day a year. Don’t wait for the designated day, it might be too late. Say “I love you” everyday. Show your love everyday by caring and giving to the person you are caring for. Actions are great, but sometimes we also want to hear the words.
And don’t wait for that special occasion to say those important words. It might be too late and you will never ever get to say the words to that special person. Love everyday. Life is too short.
Today is all about the benefits of pottery for our wellbeing.
Pottery is creative: There are physical and mental benefits to pottery. Pottery allows you to express yourself by what you create with the clay. And as an added bonus, you end up making something for yourself and this gives you a sense of self achievement.
Pottery provides outlets: Pottery has been known to provide a person with outlets for grief and spontaneity. It allows you to find self-identification and self-expression. It also boosts self-esteem and confidence.
Reduce stress: Pottery keeps the hands busy and the sense of touch is important. The need for focus is high and this keeps the mind busy so that outside distractions are ignored and this in turn reduces stress, and anxiety.
Pottery and focus: pottery improves your focus. The important need to be focused on your creation, helps the brain to keep focused on one thing and this helps the mind to relax and expand aiding in future ability to focus on one activity at a time.
Pottery and pain: Pottery helps to reduce stress which is usually cause for pain.
Arm to finger exercise: The movement needed to create with clay strengthens the arms, wrists and hands. It is usually a gentle, fluid and calm movement and the movement has been known to benefit those suffering with arthritis in the hands.
Improve life quality: Just like all hobbies and crafts, pottery is important in boosting self-esteem, self-exploration and self-worth.
I am wanting to start with a series of benefits that certain hobbies have on our wellbeing. Today I am going to start with Crochet.
Crochet began in Europe in the early 1800’s.
Soothing effect: the repetitive movement of the craft has soothing and calming effects on the human body. The use of colour and textures increase the soothing benefits.
Fingers kept nimble: The various stitches that crochet offers aids in keeping the fingers nimble and this is a great benefit for arthritis sufferers.
Done everywhere: Crochet can be done in almost any type of setting. Whether you are traveling, watching TV or even visiting a friend, you can crochet and participate in the conversations or observe the views or watch your favourite TV show. It is also a great time filler.
Crochet is portable: you can carry your project everywhere.
Eye muscles toned: Because you are focusing on various ‘scenes’, your eye muscles are kept well toned.
Crochet is creative: Crochet provides you with the ability to be creative. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you are finished with your project. And it helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s developing.
Pain management: Crochet consists of repetitive movements which aid in preventing and managing stress, pain and depression by increasing serotonin and dopamine, and it also boosts the immune system. Crochet is effective in long term pain management.
Relaxing: Crochet has a calming effect on the human body and this helps whose who are suffering from asthma by reducing the number of attacks that they might have during the day and it works in the same way for those who are suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. And it has calming effects on ADHD sufferers.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post, I enjoyed writing it up for you.
The Christmas festive season is just around the corner and there is so much to do. I find this to be the busiest time of the year. So this means that I will not be posting any new posts until the new year 2019. I wish all my faithful readers and followers a great, blessed and happy Christmas and New Years.
For the new year I would like to try something different. I would like to have my readers give me the topics for the new posts. And any suggestions are welcome.
If anyone is looking for a specific topic, have questions that you need answered, drop me an email. I will do my best and write a post for you.
Today I tried working with polymer clay, and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s very nice and easy to work with this clay and the colors are great! Here is what I’ve made so far, and when I have quite a bit made then I’ll bake them all together. 😀
I am very bad at keeping up with the posting of pages. I have never been good at that. I am terrible with corresponding and that goes for emails to friends, letters, and answering messages on my phone.
Today I wanted to share with you a Facebook group I have started that allows all types of people to join who do any type of handcraft. There is no limit to who can join and there is no catch.
All of those who knit, crochet, sew, paint, do carpentry, beading, decoupage, and/or draw can join. There are so many other handcrafts that I have not listed who may join too. I wanted to get away from the ‘knitters only’ or ‘crocheter only’ groups. It is time that all crafts mix.
I wanted to write a post on something different today, something that is not craft related in anyway.
So my subject is on a healthy food item – coconut oil.
Why is coconut oil so healthy? Well this oil contains saturated fats which is beneficial with boosting your brain with quick energy. It is also beneficial for raising the good HDL cholesterol in the blood and this lowers your risk of heart disease. The saturated fats also helps boost the body with burning fat.
Coconut oil has so many health benefits.
The fats provided by coconut oil go to the liver and they are used a energy source or turned into ketones. These ketones are beneficial for the brain. There are studies trying to prove that coconut oil can be a treatment for epilepsy and Alzheimer’s
Coconut oil can help with weight-loss as it reduces your hunger pangs. It also helps with fighting bacterial (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus), viral, yeast ( e.g.Candida albicans) and fungal infections when digested.
And coconut oil has many benefits for the skin, hair and teeth.
Coconut oil can be bought anywhere, almost all stores stock this amazing oil. I buy mine from a health store as it stocks it in 1kg tubs. I use this oil all the time and buying larger quantities have worked out cheaper for me. I have used coconut oil as a toothpaste for more than a year and I have noticed a few changes in my mouth. Firstly, my teeth don’t get a build-up of plaque as quickly as they did when I used shop bought toothpaste. Another thing I noticed is that my root canal tooth is not sensitive to temperature anymore. And I can make any flavour of toothpaste that tickles my fancy. And I have also found the oil to help my dry lips and the surrounding skin (I ride a motorcycle and the wind tends to dry out my lips and surrounding skin). The excess oil that runs down my toothbrush, runs onto my hand and this has kept my hands nicely nourished.