Saturday, May 2, 2009

Craft For Health, a new website

I’ve just started blogging for a new website called CraftForHealth (www.craftforhealth.com). It’s a joint venture between a designer and crafter, Kathy Peterson, and a nurse, Barb Dehn. Together, they’ll be showcasing inspiring stories, health tips, videos, etc., about the therapeutic benefits of crafting. Their vision is to "spread the good word about craft therapy in these uncertain times," as Kathy told me.

I’m excited to participate in this venture not only because it complements my Craft to Heal approach, but because I believe so much that crafts and hobbies can benefit us all—if we approach them with the right frame of mind (namely by not demanding too much of ourselves and being too perfectionistic).

Truthfully, this is something I struggle with every day as I'm making my quilts and collages and jewelry, etc. I’m rarely completely happy with my creative efforts, but I keep trying, and I keep getting rewarded.

Whatever the outcome, though, I find the process of creating an end unto itself. It's the best de-stressor I know!

8 comments:

Jill Flynne said...

Hi Nancy,

I do a class for adults called "Using Art to Heal" tm and also started a foundation www.neartsforanimals.org addressing the role animals play in our lives and the benefit/healing that comes from it--our core group is made up of people in the arts. Should do a website on Using Art to Heal but have been so busy keeping up with my own art and NEAFA --check the website out. Found out about you thru Gail McMeekin on Facebook.

Nancy Monson said...

Thanks for your comment Jill. I'm with you about the benefits of animals. I'm devoted to my dog, Zoey. She reminds me all the time to try and find the joy in life!

squarepegperson said...

I just found you through the Craft for Health website (which I found while doing a search - but dont' ask me for what, since I've got that (peri)menopausal brain thing you mentioned --but hey, they say that when menopause REALLY hits we get wise!)..anyway, love this site, I'll be back!
And HOW did I miss hearing about your book? It is SO up my alley! Off to find it!

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Pretty cool stuff!They do turn out the best though. Keep up your excellent work.

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