Recycled Crochet Caddies

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I have been making these lovely crochet caddies inspired by Zhaya Designs Amigurumis.

I love making these dolls and I have been using them as a way to recycle empty water bottles, and empty cardboard cereal boxes. I use the bottle, cut in half for the bottom of the doll and I put a rock into the bottom to give it weight. Then I place a cardboard disk on top of the cut bottle so that I don’t need to stuff the bottle and then I stuff the torso and head with teddy stuffing. The arms are also stuffed with teddy stuffing. This is the way I reduce plastic and card being thrown into the bin and I also cut cost with using less teddy stuffing.

And to top it all, I get therapy from the crocheting.

 

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Origami Benefits

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I am on my 3rd hobby and it’s benefits…

Origami!

What is Origami? Well, it is a creative paper folding craft that allows a person to make all sorts of shapes, figures, animals and more just out of paper.

  1. Promotes relaxation and this helps those who suffer from depression and anxiety.
  2. Origami is fun and creative.
  3. Origami has been known to benefit those who have had hand surgery or injury. The movements needed to fold the paper are the right type of exercises needed to strengthen the hand muscles.
  4. Origami boosts low self esteem and it is beneficial for those who suffer from ADHD and autism.

So why not give origami a try? You can make wonderful models from simple pieces of paper.

The Benefits of Crochet

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Hello everyone.

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.

The benefits:

  1. 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.
  2. Fingers kept nimble: The various stitches that crochet offers aids in keeping the fingers nimble and this is a great benefit for arthritis sufferers.
  3. 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.
  4. Crochet is portable: you can carry your project everywhere.
  5. Eye muscles toned: Because you are focusing on various ‘scenes’, your eye muscles are kept well toned.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

 

 

Happy New Year 2019

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Happy New Year to all my readers.

May this year give you blessings and may all your dreams come true.

Let’s start this year with positivity and love.

It is now the time to learn new crafts, retry attempted crafts that didn’t go as planned or that you struggled to ‘get the hang of’, or continue doing what you do best – using your crafting skills.

This is going to be a year of endless opportunities. I can feel it in my bones.

 

 

End of the Year 2018

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Hello to all my readers.

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.

Here is my e-mail address: maxleibs@gmail.com

 

Many blessings for the Holidays.

Crochet Granny Caddy

Hello everyone

I would love to show you all my latest project. This is a crochet granny caddy I made. Here is the link to the pattern: https://www.zhaya.de/downloads/craftergranny_EN.pdf

I was not able to understand the way I was to make the apron, so I did my own thing. But you might not have any problem with it like I did.

GO ahead and make this wonderful project. I am so glad I made them, in fact I am making a 3rd one.

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The Knitted Dolls

I love these knitted dolls!! The patterns were written by Jean Greenhowe. I have 2 of her books which I bought from a secondhand store and after making the same dolls a few times, I decided to go online and see if I could buy a few more of these lovely knitted creation books. What I found out about this pattern author, is that she has retired and that her books are no longer in publication. So there is limited copies to purchase and over time they all will become collector’s items.

I am really having fun with making these and they are a selling hit!!!

If you are interested in knowing more about the books, drop me a message.

Rose Tea Benefits

Roses are so lovely to look at. Their aromatic fragrance is a delight to our noses. But they also have many benefits for our health.

The benefits of rose tea:

Roses contain vitamin C, malic acid, pectin and citric acid. This makes roses a safe diuretic and it is perfect for those on a weigh-less journey. Just drink the tea throughout the day.

Rose petals are an ideal home cure for various skin conditions including acne as they contain antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties.

Washing your face with rose tea helps to keep your skin soft, tightened and hydrated. Thus making it great for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps to clear blemishes and dark circles. Rose tea is wonderful for premature ageing as the antioxidants delay the free radicals from damaging our skin.

Rose tea is also an effective anti-allergen. It helps with skin prone to rashes and allergies. And it helps to heal sun damaged skin over time.

Rose tea is great for women who suffer from heavy periods with intense pain. They can  take the tea to help with the pain and reduce the blood flow. You make this tea with 2 cups of warm water and black pepper powder and honey. It is also a good home remedy for infertility and irregular periods.

Regular drinking of rose tea can boost the immune system due to the vitamin C content it contains. And it is great to have a cup of the rose tea when you have a sore throat or cold.

 

Rose tea is a natural laxative and this aids in constipation and it is just as efficient as a diarrhea cure. It is effective for those who have liver conditions. Rose tea helps the intestines to expel waste from the gut and it nourishes the gastric mucosa making it suitable to encourage good bacteria growth.

By drinking 2 to 3 cups of rose tea has been known to cure urinary tract infections. Just remember to crush the rose petals when you make this tea.

Roses are a natural stress reliever. It balances the stress and emotional hormones.

 

 

Roses

These roses are so lovely! The colours are amazing. Who would’ve thought that flowers can have such sharp thorns and yet look so delicate and beautiful?

These flowers were made like this by God for a reason. Why they have the sharp and painful with the bright happy colours, only God will know.

We are blessed to have such beauty to enjoy and treasure. Life is hard and painful at times, but there is always something positive amongst it all.