This time of year can be very stressful. There is pressure from all sides and all matter of media to have that picture perfect holiday celebration, with a giant bow on the new car you are giving to your husband or teenager, the perfect diamond jewelry for your Mom or special lady, and a pile of toys wrapped up for the kids that is taller than they are, and of course the hundreds of holiday foods and treats that we know we shouldn’t be eating ( at least in the amounts they are present ) It is hard to tune all of this out and appreciate the things that we should truly be thankful for.
Many times I don’t even realize that the Holiday Crazies have taken hold of me, and my husband or daughter lovingly ( ?? ) points it out. This is when I know for sure that I need to take a few minutes for myself to just do something that makes me happy, feels productive and helps me breathe more calmly. Hand stitching is often the perfect thing. I will work some embroidery, hand quilt for a bit, or put together a few more hexagons from that vintage collection. It works for me better than most things, and I have come to understand that an important element of it is that I am doing something useful. Yes it is a form of mindfulness exercise, yes it is relaxing, but this time of year particularly, it is also something productive. If your relaxation activity makes you feel guilty for taking the time away from something else then it is not going to help make you feel better.
Sometimes even just knowing that I have a project next to my chair that I can pick up in a moments notice is enough to keep the holiday stresses from getting overwhelming. I don’t ever travel to family without a carry along project. I learned that lesson ages ago. I also bring a sketchbook as a great place to vent, and record the odd ideas that happen when stuck in traffic conversations get interesting. As long as I’m not the driver I can write draw and stitch by hand reasonably well in the car.
The Village Fabric Shoppe will be closed Wednesday- Friday and re open on Saturday of Thanksgiving week. Tomorrow is the annual Crazy Quilt Holiday Tea, and you have a little more time to come in and get your free redwork pattern. So relax and enjoy your holiday season, and if you need a de-stress project know that we can help.