Category Archives for "Art & Crafts"

Chronically Hopeful Art: Paintings, Lettering And Drawings From Feb 2019

The word Love lettered with while pen on pink paper. Pens lying around the picture on the table. Title reads, Art gallery, paintings, lettering and drawings from Feb 2019

​This is the first in a new series of posts where I will share all the art I have worked on for the month. I hope to be consistent with it, but life with a chronic illness is anything but consistent, so don't hold me to it. I am very grateful, though, that this month has been quite productive creatively and I am so pleased with the pieces that I have made. I hope you enjoy this little gallery too.

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How To Crochet A Twiddle Muff, A Handmade Sensory Toy To Relieve Anxiety

A crocheted twiddle muff with tassels and buttons on it lying on the carpet. Title reads, How to crochet s twiddle muff

Most people with chronic illness have experienced anxiety or panic at some point.  It's not always a condition on it's own, but commonly is a symptom of other illnesses that affect the autonomic nervous system. There are many ways to reduce anxiety and stress, but today I will be sharing a fun and creative craft project that will help you restore calm to your world - the Twiddle Muff!

If you've ever met somebody with mental health or even chronic pain conditions, you have likely noticed that they tend to have habits like fidgeting or making repetitive movements or sounds. These actions are called stimming, they are an automatic response to stress or pain and they have a specific purpose. A Twiddle Muff can be a great tool in helping with this need.

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The 100 Day Project 2018 – Watercolour Sunsets

Watercolour sunset lake scene with pine trees in the foreground. Title reads, The 100 day project, Chronically Hopeful Art, Watercolour sunsets.

It's been a while since I posted my last round-up of paintings for The 100 Day Project. That's because I actually took a whole month off! 

I am very pleased to be back to it though and have thoroughly enjoyed painting each evening. The sunny summer evenings are just perfect for painting!

This week I picked up where I left off at the start of May with Sunsets as the theme. I will also reveal next week's theme today.

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Bullet Journal – June Layout And Mid-Year Flip Through

Flatlay of bullet journal open on a table with pents and washi tape above. Title reads June 2018 Bullet Journal layout and mid-year flip through.

As we head into a new month I am excited to show you my new bullet journal layout for June! I'll also share more detail about my symptom and mood tracker as well as a layout comparison with previous months.

I cannot believe we are already half-way through 2018, time is just racing by so fast. I only started this year's journal in March, so I don't have 6 months of journal updates to show you, but I will share the 4 months I have done so you can see how my journal has evolved over time.

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The 100 Day Project 2018 – Watercolour Flowers

Watercolour tulips on a card. Title reads Flowers, Part of the 100 day project.

We are now 3 weeks into this year's 100 Day Project! If you've been following along here on my blog, you will know I have divided my 100 Day Project into 10 sets of 10 days. Each set of 10 days has it's own theme to focus on using watercolour inks and gouache.

For the first 10 days I worked on Night Skies and Galaxies, but for this second set I have been working on Flowers. 

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