Valentine’s Day

Yesterday it was Valentine’s Day.

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.

Love!

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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.

 

 

Do you…?

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Hello to all my readers.

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.

Come join us, we need you.

Link: www.facebook.com/groups/thecrafterspagegroup

I hope you will join.

Thank you all.

Coconut oil Benefits

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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. 

Mug Cozies

Are you not tired of your cup of hot beverage cooling down too quickly? Well, I am tired of that happening to my cup of goodness. So I thought about it and realized teapots have cozies for that very problem, why not make a cozy for my cup?

Here is a pattern I wrote up and I have been making these and selling them faster than I can make them. Hope you like the pattern. (I don’t usually write up patterns for others to use. So I hope you can understand the instructions.)

Basic Mug Cozy

Hook: 3.5mm

Wool: suitable for the hook

 

Pattern:

Ch46 sts.

In second ch from hook, hdc, and in remaining chs, hdc.

Ch2, Hdc across all sts for 12 rows.

13th Row: ch 17, hdc across.

Finish off.

I used the basic cozy and added different finishes to the basic base.

 

Tunisian entrelac crochet

This project has taken me so long to complete. I’m using the small balls of wool, the ones that are to small to do much with other than make amigurumi, to complete this project. I started it on the 12/June/2016. It’s been a long time and now I should get it finished

Useful Bags

Hi all

These bags are so useful!! I am using one of them to hold soft toys! One can use them as a grocery bag, or even to hold your large veggies – pumpkins, squash and/or potatoes.

It is very easy to make these bags, all you need is know how to crochet a flat circle, and chain and single crochet. I used a 12mm hook and XL Chunky wool.WP_20170225_09_20_02_Pro

 

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