In January I discovered a number of things:

1) Craft is an effective way to relieve stress.

With news of redundancies at my workplace, there have been some real tough, emotional days.  Sitting down to just focus completely on making something has really helped me to switch off from all the crazy crap going on.

2) That paper mache is a lot more fun when you are still knee high to a grasshopper.

I don’t remember feeling so impatient waiting for layers of paper/paint/varnish to dry when I was making Blue Peter projects as a kid! Perhaps its because I no longer have all the time in the world to spend crafting, but I found all the waiting around frustrating.

3) That paper mache is not a winter craft!

It is cold, slimy and makes your fingers wrinkly from all the time spent soaking your hands in water and glue.  In hindsight, I should have waited for the Summer for this one.

4) That people, other than my nearest and dearest read my blog. 

When a colleague at work stopped me to say he enjoyed reading my blog and that he thought I should paint a panda design…well, how could I refuse?  So the final project is indeed, a kawaii style panda.  Here it is:

panda

So my final thoughts on this project?  Well, whilst it was interesting to do something different, there is no replacing my love of yarn and crochet.

February’s project: Stenciling.  Watch this space.

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