Making things with my hands always comforts me. When I’m depressed, the repetitive action of knitting or hand-stitching distracts and soothes me, and when I complete something, my self-worth gets a tiny boost. I won’t flatter myself by calling it “Art” therapy, as I don’t think my creations deserve the title “Art,” but my goofball ideas come straight from the heart, so they are genuine expressions of my whackado thinking.
For the past ten years I’ve made ornaments for the holidays. I try to keep them faith-friendly, as my friends and family are from an assortment of backgrounds and cultures. I send my annual ornaments in December because it’s a festive time of year and people can hang them on their trees or doorknobs or whatever. And, the holiday season triggers depression for me,(big surprise) but, if I follow Gandhi’s advice,(see image and caption below), I feel a little better.
Each year I give/send between 50-80 ornaments. Making them takes time, so I work on them year round. Every day I knit or sew a little, so when December rolls around, I’m ready.
Here are some of my creations. They’re all a bit silly and imperfect because I design them myself. I am not a Designer, but I sure have fun making them. I invite you to stroll through my gallery below.