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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Making Each Day A Pleasant Day

 This is my third blog post, following my Pleasant Activities Scheduling. Did you know that Pleasant Activities Scheduling is shown to reduce depression. The idea is, through Pleasant Activities Scheduling, you begin designing your life in a way that increases everyday positivity and pleasure. Here are some useful information about it: https://www.verywellmind.com/pleasant-activity-scheduling-4779965 and https://positivepsychology.com/cbt-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-techniques-worksheets/

This is my color dreamcatcher and my Pleasant Activities Schedule. I hang a weighing scale there and a protective face mask that I made several weeks ago. It is hand-sewn from scraps of fabric that I cut up to make a skirt and blouse. I still sew and enjoy that activity every week.

Here's another color dreamcatcher that I made recently. I got the wooden hoops from a book and office supplies shop in Bohol Quality Mall in Tagbilaran City. Previously, my dreamcatchers were all in white crochet cotton thread and embroidery hoops I never used.

At the moment, I have a third color dreamcatcher that is in progress. I am making it using crocheted motifs and later, I will be crocheting the motifs together and join to the hoop using some yarn and a yarn needle.

 
Lately, I've been burning incense on thre baclony facing north. I have incense sticks and incense oil. Today I found this plant detached from its mother plant and thought I'd keep it here for a while before putting in the garden.
 

I also got a mirror a couple of months ago. There are not any good quality mirrors in the house for many years. Next week, I will try and blog something about using doily motifs to make dreamcatchers and how to make a dreamcatcher using many small motifs joined together.



How are you today? I hope all is well with you.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Drawing and Painting

I started drawing and painting again two months ago. I have not indulged in this wonderful childhood pasttime of mine for many many years. I am happy to still be able to do it. Here are some of my works. I hope you like them.

Please bear with these short blog posts. I try to post something at least once a week and soon I hope to be able to feel better enough to post better articles and patterns.

 


















Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Dreamcatchers and Other Crochet Projects

 

These are some crochet projects that I've done over the past 12 months. I have crocheted very little. More of my time is spent on looking after the animals (we have ducks, pigs and chickens), cooking and cleaning up. However, in past two months, I decided to be more organized. I have a Pleasant Activities Schedule which ensures I spend appropriate time on things I enjoy doing. These are crochet (includes sewing, beading, fiber arts), writing (blogging, poetry, other creative writing), music (playing the piano and reading up on music theory), gardening and painting. Exercise is also now an important part of my schedule. I am slowly taking up the Scientific 7-Minute Workout.


I made these necklaces and headbands using a combination of crochet, sewing and beading.









I was able to make a few dreamcatchers using embroidery hoops I never used. The white dreamcatchers are crocheted in size 10 crochet cotton thread and the colored dreamcatcher is crocheted in fingering weight acrylic yarn.




 There are also a couple crocheted table centerpiece and covers that I finished over several months. I worked very slowly and intermittently.






 

Sunday is crochet and fiber day. That's next week. I intend to finish the colored dreamcatcher and start writing crochet patterns again. How are you? I hope all is well with you.