When I was a child I remember being in my back garden making potions and perfumes out of petals and pond water. Not the most floral of scents but I remember being completely lost in my experiments and excited as to what I could produce. Today these experiments have turned into making candles and homemade beauty products. Making and creating in my kitchen with an audiobook on in the background is like therapy to me. There is a mindfulness to focusing on amounts, fragrances, timings and temperatures that turns off the noise from the world around me. A couple of years ago if you would have asked me what my hobbies were I would have starred blankly at you and eventually answered ……… Shopping?? Partying?? Exercise?? The latter was something I felt obliged to say but never actually did. Now, however, I can give you a variety of hobbies with homemade candles being at the top of my list.
I recently read a book by Dan Ariely called the ‘upside of irrationality’ where he did an experiment that showed how much more we value something we created ourselves. If we made and created something then, to us, its of much higher significance as it gives us a real sense of achievement. My family and friends often have more of my candles than they know what to do with, leaving their houses looking more like remembrance ceremony’s, but seeing my creations being used and enjoyed by those that I gift them to probably gives more satisfaction to me than it does to them
As children messy play is essential for growth and development. Discovering the feeling of sitting in cooked pasta, painting using a sponge and putting more food on our face than in our mouths. We didn’t care what we or our creation looked like in comparison to others. We just cared that we had fun and our mums put it on the fridge.
Now all this messy play and childhood creativity is coming back to us as adults. Its now perfectly acceptable to put avocado on our face, coffee on our thighs, sugar on our lips and coconut oil absolutely everywhere. Adult colouring books are selling off the shelves and programmes such as ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and ‘Kirsty’s Homemade Home’ have shown us that if it can be manufactured then it can be made.
Finding my creative outlet has enlightened my life for the better and it all started from a quick little candle making class with Midas Touch Crafts.
Midas touch crafts is a non-profit organisation doing crafting workshops to raise money for cancer research. They do a range of 32 different workshops ranging from candle making, non-baking desserts, glass engraving, flower arranging, card crafting, pet accessories, lampshade making and the list goes on. Naz and her mum set up Midas touch crafts to raise money for a cause very close to their hearts and their passion for teaching and creating shines through.
I’ve been to their candle making, perfume making, essential oil making, glass engraving and massage workshops and absolutely loved them all. For £29 per taster class into a potential new hobby where the profits go to such an incredible cause it is definitely money well spent. Not only that but homemade creations are becoming a booming business so your new creative outlet could become an alternative income.
When it came to giving presents I always struggled to think of what to give. Not only that but the cost of a lot of presents is a bit excessive. This way you can find the inspiration to make and create a more personal gift with more love and thought that doesn’t cost the earth.
What you make at first will be far from perfect, believe me, I’ve made body creams that looked like mash potato, a homemade dress that brought me out in a rash and candles that smelt of my original pond water perfume. Don’t search for perfection in your first creations, just enjoy creating and the more you do it the better you become.
If you’re around the London area look at the Midas Touch Crafts website to see what creative flair takes your fancy. Just get creating, make mess again and put avocado back on your face!!
Midas Touch Crafts: http://midastouchcrafts.com