I really didn't know how to title this post. I like the idea of using my Saturdays as a day for "journaling", talking of something more personal or to just share some pictures of my week. I also want to start to talk more about anxiety, because it's something I've been struggling with for years and I find very helping to write about it. I think that talking more about these kind of problems can help a lot, first of all the person who is talking, but also some people out there who are struggling with these problems too and it's always of some help to know that you are not the only one. I've been struggling with this problem for many many years, sometimes it's not so bad and I have months without it and other times is worst. But today I don't want to talk about my anxiety and why is here and stuff like that, this might not be the right place and I'm afraid it would be kind of boring for you. I'm here because during the years I found some little tricks that can help me stay anxiety free or to get out of a state like that. I'm not an expert, I didn't study psychology or anything like that, I'm only talking from a personal point of view and experience. One of the things that can help is to create something with my hands and this is one of the reasons why my work is knitting (and also one of the reason one of my most used hashtags on Instagram is #KnittingIsMyYoga). With my work I'm not at that point of success where I can go on knitting all day long, I don't have that many orders to make and I have, during the year, periods of time where my business is slow and I don't have to put out new products. There are days where I simply don't have any reason to knit. But these times are very stressful, I start to worry about money and to question my business, what I'm doing wrong, what I can do to do better, and so on. So, of course, my anxiety level starts to be in a red zone and these are the moments when I have to have some tricks up my sleeves. I told you that to create something is always of some kind of help, so this time around I wanted to use my creativity and my hands to do something for my shop and I thought about the packaging I use to wrap my products. Usually I use a brown paper bag, very simple and cute, so why not make those bag a little bit more interesting? Materials: - brown paper bags - white ink - black ink - pencil with eraser - pen to write on a tablet/phone A couple of years ago, especially on Pinterest, there was a trend going on and it was about jeans and how to do a polka dots version of them; I remembered about it and voilà: now I can make my paper bag a bit more interesting and I have a way to still work for my shop and, at least for some hours, not worrying about my low sales. Of course this isn't the response to my problems or yours, but for me is of some kind of help and, if it's not for your, well, you can always use this idea to wrap up the next gift you will do to someone. How to: [caption id="attachment_5163" align="aligncenter" width="474"] Ink your eraser[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5164" align="aligncenter" width="474"] stamp your paper bag with as many polka dots as you like[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5161" align="aligncenter" width="474"] you can also use one of those pen to draw on tablets and phones and other ink colors[/caption] I started to write this post on Monday or Tuesday and since then, three days ago, my head has been going crazy with some new ideas for my shop. I started to go from a point to another and I was telling me that I was crazy, that I couldn't do that, but then many pieces started to come together and you will see. I know that right now you don't understand what I'm talking about, but I promise that it will make sense. I hope you are having a great weekend and I will see you on Tuesday!