This post contains affiliate links. At the beginning of this year I set some intentions for myself. Mostly to create ease in my life, simplify, set manageable monthly goals and resolutions and enjoy the extra time I’ve created in my life. I’ll probably write a bit more about all this at some point, but so far it’s going really well. I work really hard on my business and being a mum, but I also know how important it is to look after myself too. I’ve definitely neglected my creative side over the last few years and one of my intentions for 2022 was to gently ease myself back into doing some creative things each week. So I’ve been picking up simple easy craft kits that I can do when I’m having a little me time. It’s been really good for me to switch off for a bit and make something lovely in the process. I thought I’d share some of my favourites on here. Last week I finished this lovely long stitch kit from Aldi and I really enjoyed doing it.
Two things I really love are stitching and the great outdoors, so this kit instantly appealed to me. I knew I’d enjoy both the process of completing it and the finished result. I loved both the pictures and long stitch is really easy, so I knew it wouldn’t be too challenging and really relaxing to complete. This cost me £6 and I picked it up in my local Aldi shop. Who can resist those Special Buys?! Not me!
The kit comes with everything you need to complete two gorgeous scenic embroideries. I loved that the designs were printed onto the fabric, so I didn’t have to worry about following a pattern, counting stitching or correcting mistakes. I could just relax and have some mindful time, which was lovely!
I love listening to my favourite audio books while I’m doing relaxing activities. I’ve been re-listening to all the Harry Potter books recently and I’m really enjoying how familiar they are. It can be extra relaxing listening to something you know well or that is an easy listen. I listen to books while I’m working, cleaning, driving and relaxing so I get through audio books really quickly! I really like having something to listen to as it gives my mind something to focus on while I’m doing simple tasks like taking photos, folding the laundry or doing something lovely like a craft activity.
I completed the mountain scene first and then transferred it to a different hoop. The kit comes with one plastic hoop, which is easier to stitch right up to the edges than the bamboo ones I already had.
I did the seascape second as it’s a little more fiddly, but still easy enough to be relaxing and mindful. Each one took a few hours to complete and I just picked them up over a few days when I wanted to take a break and have a bit of self care time.
If you’re feeling a little burnt out and need to take some time for yourself or you just fancy something easy and creative, I’d definitely recommend investing in some easy craft kits. It’s really rewarding and has really helped me recharge my batteries a bit. It’s so easy to be busy all the time and hooked on constantly being productive, but making time for ourselves is really productive too!
I’m a bit addicted to the Hobbies and Crafts section of the Aldi website at the moment and have already stocked up on a few more kits, which I would love to share with you once I give them go. I’ve also got a few in other super markets and shops, so it’s really worth looking out for them when you’re out and about.
Between me writing this post and publishing it, this kit went out of stock. But there are lots of other lovely kits on the Aldi website, including a different long stitch kit. I’m really hoping they do more soon!
I hope this post has inspired you to try some new things and do some nice things for yourself, whatever that may be. No matter what else is going on, you are important too!
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