Art(?) Therapy – My Favorite Antidepressant

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.

Hedgehog ornament

The Hedgehog’s Dilemma -2016

Hedgehog side view ornament

Side view – still a dlemma -still 2016

Snail ornament

Lackadaisical is the new lickety-split – 2015

Inimitable Yarn man ornament

Truth or Yarn? The Inimitable Yarn Man – 2014

Dung Beatle Ornament

Tumble Bug – Dung Beatle keeps the world revolving – 2013

Green turtle ornament

The tortoise symbolizes longevity, power and tenacity -2012

Henry head with stocking cap ornament

Have a hatful of Henry – 2010

Ghandi ornament

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – 2009

Mini sweater ornament

Keep your heart warm – 2008

Camel ornament

Be careful how you talk to camels, they  have good memories… – 2007

Fox ornament

A special fox for Mom – 2014?

Question mark

…and 2017?

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