Crafting and Art Therapy Become More Important Than Ever

According to the American Art Therapy Association,

“Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.”

It’s a well known fact that over the last few years, the handmade market has exploded.  After the start of Etsy, a trend began and others tried to follow along such as ArtFire and Handmade on Amazon. Many of the people that originally started shops on Etsy were woman; woman that were staying home with their children or people that that found themselves home with chronic illnesses. What started out as hobbies turned into businesses. What was once a tiny niche of an industry became a significant player, as the appetite for high-quality products (made by an actual human being) keeps growing.⁣ 

The world has been turned upside down with COVID19 and the 3 biggest consumer trends impacting our lives right now are working from home, homeschooling, and home fitness.  The handmade world has been called on as face covers, masks and other supplies have been in short supply all over the country. Speaking of which, we are still making cloth face masks! Several styles and options are available. They’re $8 each & we ship 1st class PLUS shipping is free (to the US) Turnaround time is about a week for most orders. If you’re a healthcare admin seeking large order fulfillment or know someone who is, we can meet your needs. We have a mask-making army that can make the large quantities you may need within a reasonable time frame. We have over a dozen sewists making masks right now and we are working around the clock to fulfill orders.  (and we can bring on more freelance sewists if your order is very big).  Our handmade cloth masks are individually handcrafted, thus the quality is far superior than any cloth masks that are mass-produced. Love, care and good vibes go into each and every one.

Are you new to being at home keeping the kids busy during this strange time? Good Housekeeping has a great list of 50 fun activities for the little ones. Check it out If you are looking for some help homeschooling those little ones, you will find some awesome worksheets and bookmarks for them at our shop Teach K to 2!letter sound identification

Middle Schoolers? Send those guys on a virtual field trip here! Even high school and college kids can fight boredom and keep their head in the game for school by checking into some of these Ivy League Free online classes

More than ever, people are turning back the clocks to a time when being safe at home was a good thing, not to mention a normal thing. People are having conversations more, playing games, doing some much needed pampering and self care that many just don’t have time for anymore. For example, I had forgotten that I used to paint my own nails in the past. I didn’t always go to the nail salon and have them done. I can grow and paint my own nails but I haven’t in years until now. Lots of people are using this time to learn a new skill or language. How do you learn a new skill? Everyone is different is seems. I am big on reading. If I want to learn how to do something new, I head to the library. My sons on the other hand would go straight to YouTube to watch it. My husband would just do it and learn as he went.

Many people are catching up on projects around the house too, but may be starting to run out. If you are one of those people and want to learn something new take a look at our shop, Small Shop School. They have PDF Ebooks and tutorials that are available for instant download and are available worldwide to keep you busy learning something new and fun like the one for this beautiful baby crown. There is even some Ebooks in there that have the small business owner in mind! Pink Rose Venetian Lace Crown Flower Girl Tutorial

Now could be the time to start or grow your handmade business. If you’d like to apply to join our team of makers, read all about that HERE!

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