Mindfulness has become a very popular subject in recent times. There are many posts and articles on this subject and although I do not claim in any way to have any real knowledge on this subject I do agree that it is so important to find a way for you and your family to get some ‘time out’ from the stresses and strains of this world. There are so many things to think about during a simple day, as an adult so many plates to keep spinning and time is always so short and precious so it can be so difficult to find a way to switch off.
My hobby of bead weaving provides me with the perfect chance to escape reality for a time. Bead weaving (sewing together small beads) requires real concentration and focus, without which it all tends to go wrong! When I am using this technique to make jewellery I get to retreat into my own beady world for a while and forget all about the other stuff that is around. I’m so very lucky!
I do need to be a bit careful, my hobby has become my business and, as those of you with your own businesses will know, it tends to take over your life! If I’m honest I would be happy to just bead and create all day every day but that is clearly not possible. There are so many other things to think about and do with a small business and as it’s just me that can get quite stressful. The last thing I want is for the thing I love to become the thing that makes me the most stressed. It’s a fine balance between wanting success, managing a family and not feeling totally overwhelmed. But again, luckily for me, I can retreat to my beady creative world and allow myself some mindful time – perfect!
So this all got me thinking about how I could potentially help others. I have a work space and all the tools to provide a safe creative space for others to tap into. Let’s be honest, when you are at home jobs tend to get in the way and that hour you set aside has slipped away doing the washing/tidying/making dinner! So I started some drop in mindfulness beading sessions just before Christmas. Myself and few other ladies spent an hour here and there in the run up to Christmas making beaded icicles which would then become gorgeous tree decorations – perfect!
The next project will be learning how to bead shapes and patterns which can then be turned into a unique piece of jewellery. I ask for an initial charge to cover materials and first session and then the project can either be done in your own home or back at Bead Creative on a drop in, pay as you go basis. Do get in touch if you would like to be involved. Here is the link to the full details of the workshop https://elande.co.uk/product/brick-stitch-workshop-and-drop-in-sessions/