What’s In A Name?
Hello everyone. It may have caught your attention in the past few weeks that my blog has a slightly different name. If you didn’t notice, tut tut, you should be paying more attention.
Those of you who have noticed the name change possibly thought “Maybe she isn”t feeling like an anxious dragon any more”. Alas this is not the case. The anxiety is there as big and bad as it has ever been and is in part responsible for the new name. However this is not a story of woe and self pity, instead I’m going to tell a tale that shows how something positive can come out of an otherwise crappy condition.
So settle down people, grab a drink and I will begin.
Life as an anxious person is boring!
This is one of the frustrating contradictions of anxiety. On the one hand you often find it difficult going out and being around people, on the other you become sick and tired of your own company and trying to entertain yourself.
At my worst I’m unable to leave the house without my husband apart from to go to work. This leaves lots of empty hours every day to fill. There are only so many hours you can spend on Twitter and Facebook, honestly it does get boring after a while.
Back at the begining of summer I was really at a loss as to how to spend my days when Mr AD was at work. Summer telly is rather pants. There was no Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Sherlock or GBBO to watch or be discussed with online friends, so I was looking for something else to keep me busy.
Being bored is not good for the anxious mind.
This is another of those pesky contradictions. Anxiety leads to boredom, but being bored gives you lots of thinking time, and inevitably thinking leads to worrying and even more anxiety.
What helps in situations where the mind becomes fixated on problems is tasks that involve mindfullness. These are things that require concentration and conscious thought, preventing you from being able fixating on thoughts. Adult colouring books are good for mindfullness (not THOSE sort of adult books) and crafting works well too.
Personally I can’t sew for toffees and my knitting skills are very suspect, but one craft I am not too bad at is crochet. I had learnt how to crochet in the past, but had not done any for ages.
Back in the summer however I had an idea for a crochet project. My sister in law was with child, and I thought ‘Baby Dave’ would like a crochet unicorn to cuddle when he finally emerged from the womb.
I found a pattern and roughly followed it. I was quite pleased with the final result and posted pictures of ‘Dave The Unicorn’ on facebook and Twitter. I was totally unprepared for the response it got. In just a few days I had requests from 4 friends to make them a unicorn. I was also asked if I could make other things. I decided to set up a Facebook page to show what I had made in the past. The name for the page seemed quite logical to me. Hooks for the crochet side of it and Dragons because I like dragons.
Hooks and Dragons and blogging.
The Hooks and Dragons work has kept me busy all over the summer. It is not ever going to bring in more than pocket money because I don’t work that quickly, but I enjoy crafting. The repetitive nature of crochet, counting stitches etc is really good for my over active anxious head and knowing that people like my work and are happy to pay real money for it is great for my self esteame.
Until a few weeks ago I was happy just to craft and had not considered blogging again, but I’ve been chatting to more and more of my blogging friends over the summer and I actually started to miss putting words to paper so to speak.
So I have come back, but in a much smaller and quieter way. I made a conscious decision to keep it as a low key hobby this time rather than let it take over all my time. One post a week, no running linkies and no trying to be a successful blogger.
What can you expect from Hooks and Dragons the blog.
Very much the same as you had before, the key thing that links all the things I write is me, my thoughts experiences and interests. There will be funny posts, some more parody songs, and those posts that ask questions about current affairs and make you think a bit. There won’t be any more posts giving advice about blogging. Those posts pulled lots of views but really were not me. Because I’ve made the decision to make my writing more focussed on things that interest me rather than things that I thought would get me lots of views it seems logical to include posts about my hobbies, so I will be writing about my woolly creations from time to time.
Here are just a few of the creations I have made over the last few months.
I have just started designing softies for christmas.
Then there is my zoo animal range.
The most popular softies by far are my unicorns, especially the Rainbow Unicorn
and obviously there were going to be dragons. A red welsh dragon and an awesome purple goth dragon.
So there is the story behind my blog name change. Have you ever changed your blog name and if so what were your reasons for doing so? What sort of crafts do you like to make? Do you have other mindful tasks?
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Here is the bit where I do my shameless self promotion. I can make any of the softies above in any colour combinations you can think of. They range in price from £18 for a small softie like the giraffe to £26 for a large dragon. If you would like to order one of these softies or ask me to design something different please pop over to my Facebook page Hooks and Dragons or my Twitter accountMrsA1974and send me a message.