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Guest Blogger Series: A Craft A Day Keeps The Crazy Away! – Tips For Tiny Tots

Guest Blogger Series: A Craft A Day Keeps The Crazy Away! – Tips For Tiny Tots

Welcome back to the next instalment in my Guest Blogger Series. This week’s guest blog comes from Louise who runs a campaign ‘Tips For Tiny Tots’. Here is a little bit about Louise.

“Louise is 38 and mum to her 2-year-old little girl Boo.  She’s lives in Cambridgeshire and works as a part-time Senior Marketing Manager for the NHS.  She’s also the founder of a sweet little campaign called ‘Tips for tiny tots’ which share tips and advice to new parents to help them navigate the crazy world of parenting.” 

Guest Blogger Series: A Craft A Day Keeps The Crazy Away! - Tips For Tiny Tots

A Craft A Day Keeps The Crazy Away!

You may think this is an odd thing to say but there is definitely method in my madness!

I’ve always been someone that likes to be creative, be it styling the girl’s hair before a night out, doing a bit of baking (although I’m no Mary Berry) or having a stab at painting around the house.  It’s something that I didn’t ever think “Am I good at this?” I just did these things because I liked them.

So when I became pregnant and the nesting started you can imagine how quick those cogs were turning, like hamsters in a wheel on Redbull! I was into creative overload!

Looking at paint charts for the nursery, outfits for the baby, what colour the pram should be, can I find the perfect change bag to match… I think you get the picture.  I.LOVED.IT!

But when little Boo arrived and after a traumatic birth, I found myself coping with PND as many of you have experienced. Everything became about ‘the baby’. What I was going to do that day, what I was going to wear, when to shower, when to eat.  My brain was full of hundreds of different thoughts and it was becoming clear that I was in desperate need of doing something that could give me some headspace but that I could still do whilst looking after Boo.

So I thought back to when my mind was a little less ‘full’ and decided to get my craft on!

I started small, as you do, popping to the local pottery shop to make the obligatory hand print cup or footprint bowl.  As little Boo slept next to me, I zoned out to decorate the rest of the pottery and once I’d finished, felt completely calm.  Okay, not as calm as having a spa day, but my head was clearer and a little bit of that fog had lifted.

Halloween was just around the corner so at my next play date with my super crafty friend Amanda, we pulled together a mock Halloween backdrop of which we placed our babies in position to make it look like they were riding a broom. It was hilarious and the pictures were so cute!

As we thought this was such a great success, we moved on to inviting the rest of our baby mamas and crafted a Christmas backdrop.  We teamed this with a glass of fizz and had an amazing afternoon.

And so the theme continued. Amanda and I tag teamed the babies whilst we dried copious amounts of fruit to make Christmas garlands with and chatted about our families.  Laura and I cracked open the Prosecco whilst measuring and cutting the fabric to reupholster an old chair we’d kept from a family member. And all the while, the fog was still lifting and come Christmas time, I was feeling a whole lot better.

So without me even knowing it, getting crafty did keep the crazy away and happened to be the best tonic for me. And I’m still crafting away to this today with no fog in sight.

 

Louise

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tipsfortinytots
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tipsfortinytots/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tipsfortinytots/
Blog: https://medium.com/@louiselaird23/the-stork-should-leave-a-mummy-manual-110cda627e6c

 

This is such a wonderfully uplifting story from Louise and I am so pleased she found something to help her with her Postnatal Depression. Thank you for sharing this Louise, with any luck, you may have just inspired many other Mum’s who may be struggling. Don’t forget to take your badge!

If you would like to get involved in the Guest Blogger Series, drop me a message by filling in the form on my Contact Me page. I look forward to hearing from you.

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30 Comments

  1. Sarah - Mud, Cakes and Wine
    29th September 2017 / 7:38 pm

    How brilliant and what a great post. I am so glad Louise found crafts and helped her thorough such a tough time. Thanks for sharing #Blogstravaganza

    • Jaki
      29th September 2017 / 8:46 pm

      It’s a lovely happy ending isn’t it?! 🙂

  2. 30th September 2017 / 1:46 pm

    It’s amazing that Louise was able to find something that helped her through. I love crafting, it’s good for the soul! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • Jaki
      2nd October 2017 / 10:58 am

      I wish I was good at it!! 🙂

  3. 30th September 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Fab post, love finding ouy about other bloggers X #thatfridaylinky

    • Jaki
      2nd October 2017 / 10:55 am

      Thank you 🙂

  4. 2nd October 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I swear I failed craft day in Kindergarten! To this day glue and I do not get along. #AnythingGoes

    • Jaki
      3rd October 2017 / 12:49 pm

      Me neither!!!! 🙂

  5. diynige
    2nd October 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Wonderful to find something so positive Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week

    • Jaki
      3rd October 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Of course! 🙂

  6. 3rd October 2017 / 7:31 am

    Lovely story! I always like the idea of being crafty but all my attempts turn out a bit rubbish. I’m planning to try more though as my toddler enjoys it so much x #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      3rd October 2017 / 12:28 pm

      You’re not alone – I’m a bit naff too! 🙂

  7. 3rd October 2017 / 1:24 pm

    I definitely think making something is do satisfying. Even if it’s out Pinterest worthy it can still be fun #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      7th October 2017 / 10:59 am

      It’s fun to try, isn’t it?

  8. 3rd October 2017 / 4:56 pm

    How great not to only find something to do that you love and are good at, but someone to share it with also #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      7th October 2017 / 10:54 am

      It’s lovely, isn’t it? 🙂

  9. 4th October 2017 / 12:07 am

    Great post! Getting crafty and creative is always a nice way to unwind and relax. It’s helped me a lot with my PND too so I could so relate to Louise’s story 🙂 xxx #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      7th October 2017 / 10:46 am

      Pleased you could relate, how lovely. xx

  10. aliduke79hotmailcom
    4th October 2017 / 10:44 am

    What a great outlet for you. I love the idea of babies on broomsticks lol.
    #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      7th October 2017 / 10:42 am

      It’s great, isn’t it?

  11. twotinyhands
    4th October 2017 / 10:28 pm

    I couldn’t agree more that finding something to do helps keep the crazy out. That’s why I turned to blogging in the early days, now turning to my sewing a bit more too. Lovely to meet Louise! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    • Jaki
      7th October 2017 / 10:36 am

      I think a lot of us turned to blogging in the early days for similar reasons 🙂

  12. 5th October 2017 / 10:48 am

    We always do crafts and the boys love it. We are really into our messy play and vlog some of our goings on! #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      7th October 2017 / 10:34 am

      I have seen them! You are the ultimate crafty Mum & I am very jealous! I’m useless! 🙂

  13. 5th October 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Whether she undertook a Wellness Action Plan or just looked inside herself for the answer. She sounds like she is truly connected with what she needs for her wellbeing and I like that she’s found it in arts and crafts. #Blogstravaganza

    • Jaki
      7th October 2017 / 10:23 am

      It’s great isn’t it? Thanks for the comment.

  14. randommusings29
    6th October 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Any craft stuff I attempt always ends up looking like a Pinterest fail lol but it can be really therapeutic
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    • Jaki
      7th October 2017 / 10:15 am

      Haha, me too!

  15. 9th October 2017 / 1:10 am

    Brilliant series and a brilliant way out of the blues! Dare I say it, crafty! #TriumphantTales xoxo

    • Jaki
      9th October 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Ah ha, I see what you did there! xx

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