COVID-19 Update 26th November 2020:  Artistic ReTreats are in a Tier 2 area & we are planning to restart workshops from 3rd December.  Please help us keep Covid-secure by only booking if you are in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 area. If you develop Covid symptoms, please contact us to rearrange your workshop for a later date. Our online shop remains open for mail order or click & collect by arrangement.  

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COVID-19 Update 26th November 2020:  Artistic ReTreats are in a Tier 2 area & we are planning to restart workshops from 3rd December.  Please help us keep Covid-secure by only booking if you are in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 area. If you develop Covid symptoms, please contact us to rearrange your workshop for a later date. Our online shop remains open for mail order or click & collect by arrangement.  

Kindness pebbles

Be kind, be thoughtful, be thankful

As we enter the season of goodwill, I really want to be able to turn the negativity of this latest lockdown into a positive wherever I can. Yes, my workshops are on hold again and we can’t socialise with friends and family but I’m lucky in so many ways to live in a lovely village with plenty of countryside around us. I have my art studio to retreat to if I need some time and space for myself and, of course, I have Powertex and the endless possibilities it brings for arty crafty projects as we head towards Christmas.

I’m trying to buy local and support independent shops and artists where I can and this month is the perfect time to make gifts and decorations of our own. Our loved ones really appreciate the care and originality that goes into a handmade gift – are you thinking of giving something that can’t be bought on the high street this year?

 

I’m trying to buy local and support independent shops and artists where I can and this month is the perfect time to make gifts and decorations of our own. Our loved ones really appreciate the care and originality that goes into a handmade gift – are you thinking of giving something that can’t be bought on the high street this year?

I’m using this month to make some Christmas presents for loved ones and also to put together some simple Christmas Powertex craft kits that contain everything you need to create a unique decoration for the home or a gift for someone special.

Of course, the beauty of giving homemade gifts is not just for the receiver, there is so much joy in the making of a gift for the giver too. Crafting is a wholesome activity for our mental health, engaging our minds and hands for a while, allowing us to unwind and remove ourselves from our screens.

Time to slow down a little and get crafty are just a couple of the positive things to come out of this pandemic. There’s also been a deeper level of gratitude and kindness, whether it’s for our NHS workers or an appreciation of the nature around us, there are some aspects of this crisis that would be good to hang on to.

A sense of compassion and gratitude will help us to counteract all the negative feelings and news that can overwhelm us at times. When someone appreciates us or we do something kind for others, it gives an enormous boost to our wellbeing and puts things into perspective. Giving and receiving gratitude also helps us to sleep better, makes us more resilient and even strengthens our immune system.

So perhaps you could take some time this month to make a simple gift for yourself or someone you love, it will do you and them the world of good and boost those feelings of gratitude and kindness. If you need a little inspiration for what to make, check out the Artistic ReTreats website where you’ll find plenty of crafty tips, ideas and products.

Photo by Third Serving on Unsplash