Do You Need Ideas For Dealing With Isolation?
My isolation has been an easy transition, as I already worked from home and have my studio where everything I need is readily on hand. Because of this, I have a lot of ideas for dealing with isolation and being cut off from family and friends.
For me, my creative work simply continues.
A Friend In Need Of Ideas
It wasn’t until a friend managed to get back home after being caught overseas for several weeks and was in isolation away from all her family and friends, that the impact really hit me.
She’s a very active and social person, whose interests and tastes are very different to mine.
Still- I asked her if she’d like me to make up a craft kit for her to help while away the next couple of weeks. She accepted gratefully, and this started me off.
Yep – I packed one of my DIY “Colour your own bag” kits for her. [ For sale on the web site if you’re interested]
Hmm – next, I added some fabric, needle and thread, scissors, rope and recycled beads, so that she could make her own basket [ I musn’t forget to let her know about the PDF tutorial online so she knows what to do]
Are You In Need Of Ideas For Dealing With Isolation Too?
Next, I thought about everyone else around the world stuck in their homes- whether they’re in a city, small town, the country etc… I wondered what I could do to help.
So…I took the plunge this morning and did my first FB Live where I talked about what we have for sale on our web site and some basic ideas about things people can try.
Whether you think you’re crafty or not, why not give some of these ideas a go. Some of them are crafty and some are simply creative thinking and problem solving.
- When you’re stuck inside, no one can see if you stuff up.
- No one can make fun of you or put you down when you’re inside and out of sight.
- You’re inside, so you’re safe to try anything you want!!!
Ideas For You To Try
OK- Here’s a list of some things to try.
- All you need is pen and paper for these. Do a search on Instagram or Google for “zentangles” and see what comes up. My DIY kit designs are all zentangles within the basic shape of a marine animal. Check them out on the website.
- TIP: I started by just practicing basic patterns and gradually got more confident until I was developing my own. Start with simple, easy to copy patterns or trace some.
- Don’t want to free hand with zentangles, but have an awesome photo or picture you’d like to trace, but have no tracing paper? Easy- Print the picture out in black and white on your printer. Stick the printed picture up on a window so the light shines through it. Now stick another piece of paper over this. You should be able to see the outlines through this piece.
- Tip: Make sure you have both pieces at an easy height on the window for you, take a pencil or pen and begin tracing out the picture. I am short and sometimes found I’d stick the pictures too high. This meant I didn’t have as much control over my arm and hand movements.
- Raid your wardrobe: try combining pieces you’ve never worn together before. Add a tie as a belt or try your partners shirts on! My husband has lost a few of his shirts because I love loose, soft silk shirts which I wear with jeans to create my own style, or cut them up into strips to use when making a basket.
- Have an old belt you don’t wear anymore? Try converting it into a choker!
- Have an old tie you or your partner don’t wear anymore? Why not play around with it and make that into a choker?
- You can also convert a tie into an adjustable belt. [Check out our free instruction to see how to do this.]
I hope these ideas help.
Above all – stay safe and stay healthy.