Moderating @CraftAsTherapy: a meaningful experience

Last week, I had the amazing experience of moderating the @CraftAsTherapy Instagram account. It was, in short, an enlightening and uplifting experience.

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The theme I chose was “new growth,” celebrating both environmental (plant) growth and emotional growth, like learning something new or discovering something about yourself. It was an important theme for me, given how I have evolved over the past 6 months in regards to my creativity and how I define myself.

The response from the CraftAsTherapy community was overwhelmingly positive, uplifting, and inspiring. I’m always amazed at how open and giving crafters are, and I was moved by some of the contributions.

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I felt so humbled and inspired by these crafters from all over the world, sharing their projects with me and feeling inspired by my theme of new growth.

I also shared some inspirational mantras that I felt were appropriate, especially for crafters.

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In a society that values speed and lightning speed, exponential growth, it can be hard to be A Creative. Sometimes, family and friends don’t understand our creative vision, and push us to get “normal” jobs. Check out the comments on the post above – I was so touched that this little quote gave rise for someone to have a deep conversation with their significant other.

It seems that crafters have been itching to share their pastel and springy projects:

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And on the general #CraftAsTherapy tag, rainbows were abundant. So many bright colors and inspiring projects!

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And on Thursday, I was reminded that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. It might sound cliche to say “Stop and smell the roses,” but it’s a cliche with a root in truth. We are always rushing around, getting to work, making dinner, running errands, and we become wound so tightly that we forget to see the joy in life. Newly blossoming flowers, an exceptional cup of coffee, or a 20 minute walk with a loved one can rejuvenate and inspire you. Don’t neglect these opportunities! (I never take my own advice.)

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As I closed out my amazing week @CraftAsTherapy, I shared one more collage before introducing @MobiusGirl as the new moderator. It’s a great way to illustrate how closely crafting and nature are related, don’t you think?

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In any case, I loved my time as a guest moderator, and I hope to do it again some day. Make sure you follow the @CraftAsTherapy account for tons of inspiration and positivity. The regular moderators are some of the kindest, more creative people I’ve ever met, and their hashtag challenges are nothing short of genius.

Don’t forget to like GamerCrafting on Facebook for regular updates, free patterns, and tips, and follow me on Bloglovin’ for extra crafty inspiration delivered straight to your ย inbox as often as you like. Keep crafting!ย 

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