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Long time no post, health not in a great place. Today sharing some soothing, gentle, You Tube channels, for you to explore. There is so much stress and distress inthe world right now. I thought I would share places that are kind and gentle and soothing. A diverse mix of channels, see what you fancy.

For those missing creative content check out

Art

The Unexpected Gypsy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzk20sJQ2gq_XB9oCgOWrQA/featured Art studio vlogs. Art by Wendy Robinson

Bookbinding

Sea Lemon for bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/SeaLemonDIY

Bitter Melon Bindery ASMR bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/bittermelonbindery/featured

DAS Bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/DASBookbinding/featured

Fabric

Din Life sewing fabrics and also books https://www.youtube.com/c/DinLife

Furoshiki, seriously research this, on You Tube! Its amazing. Practice with a bandana if thats all u have. I’m bundling book and kind things together for when things are tough. Self care september soon, so its good to gather stuff u love togther. Its the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth. So sustainable, you can also make a bag in many variations, ditch the plastic and try this

How to turn Linens and shawls into bags https://youtu.be/pnLZOj5V-f8

Kakefuda Kyoto – Famous Furoshiki Store https://youtu.be/NC7MH3EzBWM

If its tempting u to shop there is a store in the UK called Kindly Yarn. Here is their website and they have videos on the basics https://www.kindlyyarn.co.uk

How about getting some fabric and stop with the excessive paper and selotape? There are so many nice fabrics around. You can practice with a table cloth or bandana etc to play along as u watch.

Simplistic living

The Cottage Fairy https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCottageFairy/featured

ASMR

The Lune INNATE https://www.youtube.com/c/LuneINNATEASMRenergy ❤🙏 Gillian and her Reiki ASMR, sooo soothing. Reiki Master and energy worker. Thanks for helping me groumd and sleep Gillian.

Holistic Mystic Ysania https://www.youtube.com/c/HolisticMysticYsaniaASMR Galactic Reiki. Helping u soothe and settle.

Guided Vibrations https://www.youtube.com/c/GuidedVibrations Sound baths etc if u prefer without the narration their other channel Healing vibrations has no talking https://www.youtube.com/c/HealingVibrationsMedia

Books

These are the books that are holding safe space for me at the moment. Yey for the kindle reading them out to me. Im crashing now, so can’t link them all, copy n paste them into searches in ur fave store.

Depression Recovery Letters James Withey is brilliant from this project I found his other books;

How to Anxiety to sod off

How to tell depression to f off

Thanks for sticking with me, when I post so rarely. I think about the blog, just don’t have the health to allow me to write or create as much as I’d like too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

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I think this may be what they call Blue Monday? Perhaps its the perfect time to share this art concept with you. You Tube did that, ‘you may like this’ recomendation the other night and BOY were they right. If you are really stressed, over think, have that 3am and brain won’t shut up, or are giving yourself a hard time today, grab a pen and paper and read on. I found making this art soo soothing. Its definately all about the process of making it, its soo soothing. If you like colouring in and zentangle, maybe you will like this too. If you found zentangle hard going on hands and eyes, this one is a great alternative.

Here is my first try with Neurographic art, January 2022.

About this art style.

  1. Its called Neuro Grapic art
  2. You don’t need lots of art supplies to do it
  3. Regular pen or pencil and sheet of any paper will do, to get started
  4. If you like colouring in, it takes your brain to that same zen space
  5. Its easier on the hands (and eyes) than Zen tangle
  6. Please watch the videos in the links section for the how too, and background of it.
  7. For me, I found it helpful to ease racing and distressing thoughts
  8. Its about the process, rather than the final piece of art. Its the process of creating it, that gives the brain a softer place to be for a while.
  9. There is some science behind this and has been used in therapy, see videos who go into the detail of some of that. but short version, to quote Ruby Wax ‘Brains are not great at multi tasking’. So if you are in a distressing headspace, if you can give them something soothing to focus on, and are able to send all your attention to that, they drop the other stuff.

I’m not trained in any of this, so can’t make claims as to what it will or won’t do for you. I am someone who struggles with anxiety, depression, and the over thinking racing thoughts that come with that and I did find making this art, took my head to softer safer kinder places.

As a child I used to scribble and later come back in and colour in the gaps, this seems to be taking it to another level. I can see it being a helpful tool for my anxiety managing tool box. I can use this just as a doodling distraction in and of itself. I can also use it around times when Im really stuck in the over thinking, rumination and 3am brain won’t turn off, by doing the advice in the first video, of writing the thing I’m stressing about, on the back of the paper, turn paper over, and then scribble a few seconds. Then let brain drift to kinder places as I focus just on finding the connections and curving those lines.

In looking up the links for this post, I have now found a certified trainer in this and linked her videos below. Take your pic as to where your interest and current head space allows.

Rather than writing it all out, its much easier to watch than to explain. These first two are the you might like this ones that You Tube showed me, simple to get you started. The later ones are from a certified instructor in the method and are more indepth, especially toward the theraputic side of the method.

  1. You Tube channel: Bethany Thiele, Art Teacher
    Video name: Neurographic Art Tutorial : Mindfulness In Art https://youtu.be/NoIgdt-uQR0 This is a good one as it walks you through the process more slowly.
  2. You Tube channel name Emmanuel School of Fine ArtsVideo name neurographic drawing art lesson https://youtu.be/XZf4Fbr6dU0 This was the first one I saw, but its been listed as ‘you tube kids’ so you can’t add it to favorites, which is a shame.

These next ones are more indepth and focused on the therapy side of this from a certified teacher, Anna Romanenko

  1. You Tube channel NeuroGraphic Academy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzaHdD70WRnL6rprZVVbaBw
  2. YouTube channel NeurographicaAcademy. Video name Neurographica online class. NeuroTree of my Health https://youtu.be/ei-AxcAYXvk This one is is indepth, coming at it from the therapy side of things.
  3. NeuroGraphica Introduction Class. Basic elements and steps. Lifting Inner Constraints. For Beginners https://youtu.be/UaphPkS9fYQ

Oops another really long post. I got really excited about this last night and my first go with it went very well. My aim with the blog, is to share ideas and tips that have helped my in my journey. I hope they help you too, however what helps or does not, is a very individual thing. It is not my intention to say, this will work for you in the same way. You do you, always.

Being honest, on the page I’m on right now, which is early grief, and very stressed out. I can’t process the more indepth videos, that Anna has posted. The first two I posted, are enough for getting started and the other links, will be more useful for reasearch and education, when I’m on firmer ground.

Hope you enjoy the process of this art style. Either trying it yourself or with more research on the video sites, maybe watching others create it. Looks like there are a few variations on the theme, so have fun exploring all that. I think this is one I’ll try for a while, it was less painful on my limited dexterity than zentangle was. I liked how it looked a bit like marbled paper or inkblot tests. Mostly though, I enjoyed the process and how it took my brain to softer place for a while

Best wishes, thanks for reading, See you soon

Billie x

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If 2022, did not start in a happy way for you and you too are grieving, this one is for you. Are all the Happy New year greetings, making you want to crawl under a blanket? Here is my poem and we’ll talk afterwards.

Early Grief

This is the path to peace,

Through the river of snot and tears,

Through the primal screams of loss,

Throught the primal screams of fears.

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I’ve walked this path before,

Feeling numb, confused and lost,

So I leave these words as a map,

To help me feel, less lost.

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For when your hungry, but cannot eat,

So tired, but cannot sleep,

When you sleep and sleep all day,

And still cannot see the way.

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Time to rest and cry it out.

Drink lots of water, helps you out.

Not listen to anyone

Just doing, what can be done.

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Take each second at a time,

More than that, fries your mind,

These are the ways, that have been kind

When your are lost, in space and time.

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by Billie @billiescraftroom

About grief

Grief is tough, its messy, it knows nothing of time, space and special days, holidays. Weather you lost your special someone just before or during the holiday periods or at any other time, it can be especially hard when you see others expressing joy, when you are not on that page.

There is so much expectation around grief, I found I was bombarded with ‘suggestions’, the sentances that start with; ‘you should, you must, why don’t you.’ worst of all the ‘… wouldn’t want you to…’ Though the person saying that, may be sending it from a place of love, that sure isn’t how it lands. It can feel like, your pain is socially unacceptable, makes them uncomfortable and the message you can be getting is, just don’t do this around me!

Thing is in early grief, its not always possible to control thoughts, feelings and emotions. The smallest thing can cause a tsunami of emotions and the river of tears arrives. It takes all that you have, to stop from flopping to the floor, to join them. I hope you are given the time and space to process in your own way, in your own time.

Often though, pressures from all sides prevent that. Just know that what ever you are doing, that is helping you get through second by second, is the very best you can do right now.

Others opionions and expectations are theirs not a to do list, not yours.

In the early days when you can barely process the basics, fending off those expectations, suggestions, or trying to defend your need, to be doing what you are doing, is just too exhausting. Feeling the need to appoligise for your thoughts, feelings and actions. Horrible isn’t it.

  • If you are supporting someone through grief please take a moment to watch Megan Devine’s video on You Tube called, How do you help a greiving friend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2zLCCRT-nE
  • Here is a list of supportive sites if it is you who is grieving and feel you might like some external support https://aspacetoheal.wordpress.com/healing/peaceful-place/
  • Rainbows Bridge is a site discussing Pet Loss. https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/ They have advice on end of life care for your beloved pet, memorial space options, candle rememberance days. Its a kind space. Rainbows Bridge is a virtual memorial home and grief support community for your departed fur baby. Whether furry, feathered or scaled, all are welcome.

I’m so sorry for you loss, you do you, my post wasn’t about telling anyone what to do, think or feel. It was an expression of my own grief, I’m posting it as I know I’m not the only one grieving and perhaps the links later in the post, will be of use to you or someone you know.

If you are going to offer ideas to someone grieving, please ASK THEM first.

Sometimes, someone does want ideas and suggestions, but only when they are able to process, that information. Go in with that advice too soon and its tmi. Also PLEASE don’t offer anything you are not willing or able to come good on. Its a difficult time that is hard to navigate, its exhausting. Takes a lot of courage to reach out to someone, so please be mindful about what you offer someone who is grieving.

Each loss is unique depending on who or what you are grieving, can be person, pet, place, the old you and old situation. It also can differ depending on your relationship to that, as well how things ended.

Holding safe space for you while you navigate this difficult time.

Billie

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I have a confession, I LOVE books. I was very lucky as a child that my Mum surrounded me with books and paper and crayons. Now these books were not always new, a lot were pre loved by others she knew and handed round to us to enjoy, keep or pass along.

My dyslexia makes reading novels difficult, so its all in the font as to weather I can read it or not. Kindle was a breakthrough from that point of view, as I was able to make the font larger, spaces between the lines larger, and even have it read aloud to me, so I admit thats the way I go for novels.

Why is this a new kind of book club?

There are lots of book clubs about novels, so this book club is a bit different, this one will be for art themed books, kind books, self care books, empowering books that kind of thing.

The sort of books that make you want to grab your art supplies and get creating. The kind of books you can dip into as and when you have a few moments spare, because not everyone has big blocks of time or capacity to read long posts, or long books.

I know in the past my posts have been really indepth reviews, but honestly, my health issues are making that kind of post difficult now. Instead and to keep posts short n sweet (that’s a first eh!) I’ll keep it minimal. Title, author, ISBN, where to buy and maybe a line or two about why I like it. Then an invitation for you to share your thoughts on the book, if you have it too.

Do you like this idea? Shall I start writting some of these?

Would love some feed back on this, so thought I’d ask while people are maybe not back at work yet.

As a spoonie, I have to plan ahead and write when I can, as I can’t post to order. This will need to be written ahead of time so they can go out in something like a regular slot.

I have some more ideas for the blog, so keep checking back in the coming days to find out more.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

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For todays kind words, I wrote a poem. Zoom in to see the words or scroll down for the written version. It can be a challenging time of year, for so many of us. For a variety of reasons, time moves quicker for some than for others. Some people can feel forgotten. If time got away from you this season, please keep reading and share a link to this post with someone you are missing or thinking about today.

You are not forgotten, I am thinking about you
I am thinking of you poem

If you don’t feel like writing, perhaps send a link to this page, or share the photo above.

I’ll type it out too, as the light wasn’t kind for the photo, and not sure screen readers will read words on photographs. Do let me know about the screen reader thing, as I’m figuring out the best way to share some more poems going forwards.

I am thinking about you

If you’re feeling, sad and blue

And think, that I forgot,

I promise you, that its not you,

I’m just going through a lot.

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Please, don’t count your worth,

In cards, or likes, or presents by a tree.

And know you’re worth, much more than that

To everyone, and me.

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If there’s someone in your life, today

Who you miss, with all your heart,

Even if a cirucumstance, has kept you both apart.

Just take a moment, send a heart, or a line or two.

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A call or a text message, could mean the world, from you.

You don’t have to be a poet, just tell it like it is,

That you are glad, they are in, your life

No matter where that is.

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The world won’t always, be like this

We will, find safer ground,

Then we can, get together,

When we all, can gather round.

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If not hand in hand,

The side by side.

Together we’ll get through,

I promise you’re not forgotten,

I am thinking about you.

There are many reasons, why we loose touch with each other over time. Some are intentional, others often are not. Emails and addresses change and not everyone gets the reminder of the new one.

In a world based on goals or tasks we can measure, sometimes we get drawn into basing our worth, on what others think of us. But when you seek external validation, you are also giving those people the power to take away your happiness. Lets not do that.

This poem can a message for anyone who may be feeling forgotten, or who is worried they might have not sent a card. Perhaps you weren’t able to send cards, for whatever reason, and want someone to know they are remembered and thought of.

I put it in as a picture and wrote it out, to make it easier to share. I’d love a link back to this blog if you use this poem.

If you could do with hearing more kind words today, have a look at The Alternative Advent Project I’ve been writing about this month, please go to Day one, which I will link below. https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2021/12/03/the-alternative-advent-project/

This project was about creating kind words for yourself, to help you through the season. It wasn’t a grinch list, not judging, correcting, blaming or shaming. I was only going to write the few words, then as ever, I struggle to do short so the extra words flowed. Have a look at the link above and see how you would like to do your version of this project.

I hope this project helped you through the season.

May today be as kind to you as possible.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

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Happy Yule, Solstice Blessings one and all. Sharing kind words, poetry and a video today.

For todays kind words, I wrote

Poetry the words of our soul’

Reflection

Something a little different today, last year I created a poem inspired by Oak Ash and Thorn tarot deck. Here is the video of the poem I made.

Video name: Solstice Poem for tarot reading https://youtu.be/4Ufb5bZu-_A

You tube channel name; Billies Craft Room

Have included that other information as not everyone like to follow links.

What kind words did you write for yourself today?

Are you celebrating Yule, what does that look like for you this year?

Do tell me about them in the comments below, if you would like to.

If you want to find out more about The Alternative Advent Project please go to Day one, which I will link below. https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2021/12/03/the-alternative-advent-project/

This project is about creating kind words for yourself, to help you through the season. Its not a grinch list, not judging, correcting, blaming or shaming. I was only going to write the few words, then as ever, I struggle to do short so the extra words flowed. Have a look at the link above and see how you would like to do your version of this project.

I hope this project helps you through the season.

May today be as kind to you as possible.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

PS, I scheduled these a while ago, so if I don’t make all the posts from now till 24th bear with me, health issues may challenge this. But I have another jolly project for the 12 Days of Christmas and they are all written, and scheduled will go live 25 December onwards. If I don’t see you before and you are celebrating Christmas rather than Yule, I wish you all the best and see you soon. x

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For todays kind words, I wrote

Whatever you choose to do, or not do, is totally ok’

Reflection

Feeling the joys of the season, yey. Not so much n needing to hide n wait it out? Thats not easy to navigate is it. If you find yourself solo and not loving it, just know its ok if you want to sleep through it, to have beans on toast or cereal and not the traditional meal coz that’s not for you. Make it your own as best you can.

Lets try to be kind to ourselves and with each other, life is challenging enough, without adding impossibly high expectations that might not even be our own.

What kind words are you writing for yourself today? Do tell me about them in the comments below.

If you want to find out more about The Alternative Advent Project please go to Day one, which I will link below. https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2021/12/03/the-alternative-advent-project/

This project is about creating kind words for yourself, to help you through the season. Its not a grinch list, not judging, correcting, blaming or shaming. I was only going to write the few words, then as ever, I struggle to do short so the extra words flowed. Have a look at the link above and see how you would like to do your version of this project.

I hope this project helps you through the season.

May today be as kind to you as possible.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

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