There hasn't been a whole lot of crafting going on in the Crafting Sanity household lately, what with the impending baby arrival (in 7 weeks!!). Most of my time lately is spent trying to whip the house into shape, getting birth supplies together, and getting myself in the right head space to deliver a baby. All these things are time consuming and leave little downtime leftover for craftiness, and I'm feeling the lack of creativity very much.
But, even though I don't have the time to sit down and spread out a project on the kitchen table doesn't mean I'm not doing something crafty every day. Even if I'm just picking up the knitting needles for ten minutes here or there during a cleaning break, I'm still making progress toward finishing a project. My goal every day is to have at least 30 minutes of "Crafty Time" to work on one of the many projects I have in progress. I've learned over time, that if I go too many days without making something, I tend to get a little grumpy. So, for the peace of the family, I craft. When Mama gets to craft, Mama's happy. And when Mama's happy....well, you know how that one goes.
Why does being crafty matter so much to me? I guess because, in the end, home made matters. I treasure things that are created out of love, and with a skill learned from family members, and passed on to loved ones. Creating something from a pile of raw materials is slowly becoming a lost art in our consumerist, import everything culture, but I don't want to lose the magic and treasure of handmade items in my own life. I want my kids to grow up with an appreciation of this type of skill, no matter the finished project, and to realize they don't have to buy something at the local mall for it to be worth something. A handmade gift, however imperfect, is more precious than anything that can be bought in a store.
Crafting keeps me sane. It's as simple as that. So it's important that I make time to work with my hands, to create something beautiful (or not so beautiful!) to feel healthy spiritually and mentally.
Craft as therapy....how about that?