Great DIY Indulgences To Make You Happy
I'm a little crafty. I think if I had more time, I could be really crafty. Not to Martha Stewart levels, but definitely crafty. The thing that makes me happy when I'm crafty is I just lose myself in creating something. When you knit a scarf or print out an awesome quote and put it in a frame by your desk or, heck, spend a little extra time wrapping that birthday present to make it just so, you tap into a different part of your brain than you usually use. And you find yourself smiling.
This, my friends, is a treat. That fun sense of creation and accomplishment is a huge -- and often -- not-so-expensive treat. Just looking around my apartment (and some awesome DIY websites), I came up with a few thigns to do that would be a super-cool indulgence.
-- Redo your desk. Sure, I am writer who, well, writes at a desk (when not at Starbucks), but we all have a desk area somewhere. Make doing bills or meeting deadlines or organizing your to-do list more enjoyable by redoing your desk. Paint it your favorite color, add a trim, make it something special.
-- Redo your bedroom. If you can sew, get that sewing machine and make a duvet cover with some softer-than-soft fabric in a new color. Make some pillow covers that pop. Surprise your kiddo with an all new blanket with her favorite character on it.
-- Make some cool magnets. I love this idea. Grab an old Scrabble game and a few small magnets and glue and voila - an awesome new way to hang up that artwork on the fridge. This is also a cool DIY gift for teachers.
-- Paint a wall a new accent color. This is fun way to redo a room that doesn't cost a lot and can be fun. Looking for the right hue, getting a little messy, all of it is a fun indulgence for that part of your creative brain.
-- Make time for yourself. A treat that is totally free. And it is a DIY, because, well, you have to do this yourself. No one else will do it. Carve out a bit of time each day to relax, breath deeply, enjoy Words with Friends or a new book...or just do nothing. The best treat for you is you.
Does being crafty make you happy? How do you carve out time for yourself?