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?

Scientific Fact* Anxious Dragons feed on blog comments. Please help keep this dragon well fed. Thank you Xxxx

*Possibly not true

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.

91 Comments

  1. Lisa

    May 5, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Your crochet is darling! Change is good. I havnt changed my blog name but I have changed the look. Good luck on the new name.

    Lisa

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      May 6, 2017 at 7:41 am

      Thank you. This will be the last change, I am happy with it now 😊

  2. 20017crochet

    February 27, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Love your enthusiasm to push thru..i too suffer anxiety, adhd, and extreme depression and can say busy is best. I look forward to your postings in the future.

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      February 27, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Yes, it may not be a cure, but it is a very useful coping technique xx

  3. MrsCraft

    January 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Gorgeous work, well done for being so successful! 😊

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      January 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you, I really enjoy crafting and creating new items xx

  4. Ann GrubbsnCritters

    September 24, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Welcome back!!! (Officially) You’ve got amazing talent for handicrafts! I love, love, love LOVE the red and black dragon you’ve got there! It’s got attitude!!
    Glad to see you blogging again and scaling to what you feel is right and doable for you. Good for sanity! 😘xxx.

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 24, 2016 at 2:09 am

      Would you like a red dragon for yourself?? 😊

      1. Ann GrubbsnCritters

        September 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm

        You know what…I’ve actually been mulling. And mulling. On and off. :p The only thing that’s stopping me is I’ve been on a scrooge mode since the move. Nope. Not tempted. (urrrrghhhh!:p)

  5. DomesticatedMomster

    September 21, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    OMG! I love all of those! You have done such a great job with them! Have you thought of selling them? Great little side business and you would never have to leave the house. I too suffer from anxiety and most mornings wake up with a horrendous stomach ache just knowing that I have to get out of bed and function for the day. Working out and eating better always helps but over the summer I got bad at both but back on track now. Thanks so much for sharing with #momsterslink it’s so nice to see you back around the blogosphere!

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Yes, I make them all to sell. It will never be more than a pocket money business, but it keeps me busy xx

  6. Double the Monkey Business

    September 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Oh I am loving your creations, you definitely have a talent! Nice to have you back hun x #bigpinklink

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you, and thank you again 😊

  7. mackenzieglanville

    September 17, 2016 at 11:10 am

    My 9 year old just told me she wants all of these, and then so no I NEED all of these. All 3 of my kids have the unicorn as my hubby’s mum made them. I am not crafty at all! I can’t sew, crochet or knit. My mum is an amazing knitter. But i agree we need to have things to help us be more mindful when the anxiety is at it’s worse. I suffer anxiety too and I found my blog has helped me so much! I am glad you changed your name to reflect yourself so well xx #mg

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 17, 2016 at 11:23 am

      I have a very limited range of craft skills. You wouldnt trust me with a glue gun or anything sharp if you knew how bad I was 😂

  8. My Petit Canard

    September 16, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    These are amazing crochet creations! I am so, so impressed. Its great that you’ve found or re-discovered something that you really enjoy and are actually rather good at. I definitely missed your prescence and wondered where you’d dissapeared to over summer so its lovely to see that youre back 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily x

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 16, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you, its lovely to be back xx

  9. Vidya Sury

    September 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

    That is an amazing set of toys! I would certainly love an unicorn 🙂 You’re very talented! ♥ #mg

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 14, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Thank you, I would happily make you a unicorn xx

  10. Accidental Hipster Mum

    September 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    These are all lovely! I love crochet! I lose patience so I only design baby clothes because they’re small and the shapes aren’t too complicated!

    #BigPinkLink

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 13, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Thats part of the reason I like the softies, because theyre made up of small bits. I get bored with things like big blankets x

      1. Accidental Hipster Mum

        September 13, 2016 at 10:21 pm

        Yeah, I can’t cope with blankets. I recently made my sister one for my new nephew and it truly was a labour of love. It was such a pain haha! x

  11. Lisa Pomerantz

    September 13, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Loving ya from #bigpinklink to! M’wah!

  12. Lisa Pomerantz

    September 13, 2016 at 9:43 am

    You have quite the talent that you have been holding back! I love it! And it serves the dual purpose of calming the mind! Win-Win. Love the new site, name, and the delights you are creating. That Giraffe! Oh my! You have yet another wonderful gift. #mg M’wah! <3 <3 <3

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Thank you lovely lady. Until very recently it was a dormant talent, I had never turned my hand to more than just a few granny squares before xx

  13. Sassy

    September 13, 2016 at 8:26 am

    So glad to see that you are back! Congrats on the hobby/business venture! Xxx
    I’ve set up a Facebook page if you would like to join?
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/921646614636113/

  14. topsyturvytribe

    September 13, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Wow, the crochet animals are so cute! You are obviously very talented. Glad you have found an outlet for your creativity and a mindfulness activity to boot! #bigpinklink

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 13, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Thank you my dear. Xx

  15. rightroyalmother

    September 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Oh, this almost makes me want to cry. I felt really, REALLY low after NG (my eldest, now 3) was born and took up knitting. I made little mittens and hats and set up a small business in the 8 months I had left of maternity leave. It gave me so much and your crocheting is beautiful – I mean it; stunning. I’m so glad you started again… and just in time for winter too – the perfect activity for cold nights. #marvmondays

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 12, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Oh yes, nothing better on a cold winter evening than covering yourself in a crochet blanket as your making it 😊

  16. winnettes

    September 12, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Wow you have such a talent! Those animals are amazing! I’m glad it also helps occupy your mind and help reduce your anxiety. Boredom really doesn’t help!
    Good luck with it all.
    #BigPinkLink

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you. Between the crochet and blogging I am definitely not bored at the moment xx

  17. thismumslife

    September 12, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Everything that you crochet is absolutely lovely! And it’s great to not only find a way to occupy your mind from your anxiety, but to find a real niche-something you’re good at, and that lifts your self esteem too. I got to the stage where I needed to care a little less about the blog, so I wound down after BML. Things seem to be creeping back upon me again, so I need to be careful not to take on too much. I like your new blog name, it’s very catchy!
    #bigpinklink

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Yes its so easy to slip back into doing more and more. I have to confess I am making sure im up early enough to catch the 6am linkies already, but only a few days a week xx

  18. Tegan

    September 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I love the unicorns! I’ll definitely be contacting you once I’m back to work to see about getting one for Lewis. Welcome back to blogging. I found your blog through #MarvMondays and I’m really looking forward to reading more.

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you, I will look forward to hearing from you xxx

  19. crummymummy1

    September 12, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Love the zoo animals – and the new name! I’ve never changed the name of my blog but realised quite soon after starting that Confessions of a Crummy Mummy is rather a mouthful so when I went self-hosted my url is simply Crummy Mummy… #twinklytuesday

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Thank you, the zoo animals are cool. There is a kangaroo too and I am currently working on a panda and a sloth 😊

  20. Back With A Bump

    September 12, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I spotted the name change. You’re brilliant at crochet and it looks like a good way to keep your anxiety under control a little. For me the gym massively helps if I am feeling down or stressed out. Good to see you will still be blogging too. xx #marvmondays

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 12, 2016 at 8:57 am

      When i feeling well I like to go out for long walks and swimming but at the moment its like ‘going outside/too many people’ so I am not getting the exercise I should xx

  21. twicemicrowavedtea

    September 10, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Wow, these are brilliant! I wish I could create something half as good, but I don’t think I’d have the patience! The monkey is gorgeous. I’m looking forward to seeing what else you make. #momsterslink

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 10, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Im lucky to have plenty of time, so I can rip back when I make mistakes

  22. thefrenchiemummy

    September 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    How on earth do you have the patience and the talent to do those?! I already knew I would be rubbish at it… Hope your new name bring you luck #momsterslink

  23. Kerry

    September 8, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Mrs A! Wow you are so talented, I might be ordering the red dragon – I am Welsh born and bred! Good for you for harnessing the anxiety into creativity, I know all about that! #coolmumclub

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      I live just the other side of the border with Wales so I have made several dragons for my welsh friends. I would love to make another if you want one xx

      1. Kerry

        September 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        Great! I’ve just liked your Facebook page and will be in contact soon x

        1. Hooks and Dragons

          September 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

          Look forward to hearing from you xxx

  24. Clare Bailey @Bailey's Blog

    September 8, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Wow. I am seriously impressed! What a talented person you are. (By the way, the elephant is my favourite.) I wrote a post about changing my name a few weeks ago and I still haven’t taken the plunge.

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 8, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Oh, I would love to read that if you would share the link here xx

  25. Heather Keet

    September 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I am a terrible crafter and an even worse croquet student. Despite many attempts, my blankets always turn out crooked. I LOVE the elephant!!!

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 8, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      I am very pleased with the elephant. I have made a normal grey one which is cool, but I really love the colours on this one xx

      1. Heather Keet

        September 8, 2016 at 7:47 pm

        The colors are really great!!

  26. mummuddlingthrough

    September 8, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Welcome back lovely! I think it’s a brave and wise step how you have reassessed your approach towards blogging, and most importantly, it’s amazing to have you back xxx My girls woud LOVE those unicorns! Might have to put in a pre-Christmas order 😉
    Thanks for coming back to #coolmumclub

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 8, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      I would love to make your girlies unicorns 😊

  27. motherhoodtherealdeal

    September 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Loving the new name but above all the wonderful things you have been crocheting…look forward to seeing more and thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub!

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Its a pleasure xx

  28. Lucy At Home

    September 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    These are fab! What a great way to tackle your anxiety head-on! That takes guts and determination (and I say that as someone who used to suffer dreadfully from anxiety and still does from time to time). I wish you much succcess with your new venture. I’m sure you’ll do great – I love all of these little cuties! #CoolMumClub

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 8, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you. I think its important to look at what you are able to achieve when you have something like anxiety, and it definitely helps make me more positive xx

  29. nightwisprav3n

    September 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    These are so cute Tracey and I absolutely love the purple gothic dragon. When I get some money I might order that one from you. Are you able to deliver to the U.S? If not that’s okay, I’m happy just looking at the picture. I’m so glad you’re back! I missed you and I love your new blog name! I actually was going to change my blog name over the summer. I had the name and design all picked out and ready to go but then when I went to change it with my host, something stopped me. I just couldn’t go through with it.Instead I adapted my design to my blog and changed my blog theme. Maybe I will add a second blog down the line but not right now. Right now I am focused on my blog, my book writing, and possibly going back to get my graduate degree. I will write a post providing more detail about that. Nothing is set in stone yet. Anyway, I can’t wait to read your blog again! Welcome back rockin’ lady!!! #bloggerclubuk

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      I would have to check the postage costs but yes I have no problem sending one to the US.
      I would love to finish off my degree but money or lack of is a big stumbling block. And it is lovely to be back, xxx

      1. nightwisprav3n

        September 7, 2016 at 7:21 pm

        Ok. Let me know and I will try to order one from you soon. Yes money is a big deal as I am already in student loan debt as it is but I’m looking into some possible scholarships and am weighing the pros and cons of going for that degree. I’m still not sure yet. I have a lot to think about. Keep me posted about the dragon:)

        1. Hooks and Dragons

          September 7, 2016 at 7:26 pm

          It would be fab if you could do it. I loved learning xx

          1. nightwisprav3n

            September 7, 2016 at 7:29 pm

            Me too! I actually miss the academia

  30. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum)

    September 7, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Oh I am so excited for you. Your crochet is amazing. I would love to learn how to make these too and I am so glad that it helps your anxiety. I am also very happy to see you back 🌸 #BloggerClubUK

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Its lovely to be back. I have thought maybe I will blog some patterns in the future, but im not sure the way I write my patterns down would be understandable to anyone other than myself xx

  31. Rhyming with Wine

    September 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    As a proud owner of my very own (well it’s supposed to be Miss Tot’s but that’s open to interpretation,) rainbow unicorn, I cannot speak highly enough of your gorgeous softies. I think my next purchase might be an elephant. He too is so cute! I’ve said it before but I really am thrilled that you’re back and I missed you loads! Dawn x #bestandworst

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      I am very happy to be back, and I am very happy that the unicorn has such loving owners 😊

  32. Renee @peonieandme

    September 7, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Lol, just nosing through #bestandworst and thought… Oooo a new blog. But better than a new blog was a rather fabulous Blogger sharing an amazing gift with the world. Loving the crochet softies. I’ll be putting my list in for Christmas.

    I hope the anxious dragon enjoys retirement X

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 7, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Semi-retirement. I dont think I could ever stay away from blogging permanently, you are all far too lovely.
      And I would love to receive a list of orders from you, that would be fab 😊 zx

  33. Claire Elizabeth (@alifeinpractice)

    September 7, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Glad you decided to come back, I really like your blog! Love the unicorns! #BloggerClubUK

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 7, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Thank you my dear xx

  34. unicorn

    September 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Love the unicorns!! Great Work.

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 6, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you xx

  35. jeremy@thirstydaddy

    September 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    those look really great. I’ve also found that by writing about what interests me and not some hypothetical audience I enjoy it a lot more. #twinklytuesday

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      I agree, and I hope its a habit I will not fall back into x

  36. Troi_13

    September 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Lovely post. I didn’t know where the crafting had started and I’m very glad it’s helping you manage your anxiety. (And you are so right about needing something more than Twitter and FB – they can get very boring after a while 😜
    (and I love the rainbow Unicorn! Will definitely be ordering one of those 😊)

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      The rainbow unicorns are my favourite to make (well at the moment, I think making a crochet Freddie Mercury might top it 😊)

  37. Back With A Bump

    September 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Some fab little crochet characters and good to have you back blogging! #twinklytuesday

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you my dear xx

  38. jan coates

    September 6, 2016 at 10:43 am

    You really are an inspiration – and so talented, too … love your softies, am currently hinting to the other half that a dragon would be an excellent gift for Christmas!! Keep up the good work xx

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 6, 2016 at 10:49 am

      I think its only fair if Marty and the girls are having softies you should get one too

  39. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    September 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

    The UNICORNS!!!!!!! Awwww they’re absolutely gorgeous — it’s my nieces birthday in a couple of weeks, I think she’d love one of those!! 🙂 Love the new name BTW! #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 6, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Drop me a message on twitter @MrsA1974 and we can sort something out xx 😊

  40. Helen

    September 6, 2016 at 6:42 am

    So !any adorable things! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 6, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Your most welcome xx

  41. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    September 6, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Ah good to have you back. Sorry the anxiety has been rough but the creations that have come from it are amazing. I love the unicorns! xx #twinklytuesday

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 6, 2016 at 8:15 am

      They are gorgeous, and soooo soft and squishy 😁

      1. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

        September 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm

        Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

  42. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks

    September 6, 2016 at 5:28 am

    These are beautiful, you’re very talented! I love the dragons. I think often a rest and break from blogging makes you reevaluate and decide what you like best. I hope this time that you find it to be less consuming. Welcome back A x #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      September 6, 2016 at 8:12 am

      The dragons are fabulous and are popular with kids and adults 😊

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