Interview with CAT Crafter – Raquel @colourmehappy2
Where do you live?: I live in Southern Utah, USA It’s the desert and a completely new, different kind of beautiful, from what my family had been used to.
What craft is your therapy?: It started out as quilting, but I love learning new things and keep adding! This last year, I’ve been learning to knit, I’ve always wanted to learn to knit, but couldn’t find a teacher… until I discovered YouTube! I google everything.
How long have you been crafting for?: I think I’ve always been a crafter of one sort or another. I just didn’t realize it’s therapeutic benefits, until this past 5 years.
Tea or Coffee?: Tea, always.
Favourite quote?: “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” So very true. I’m constantly fighting against my own perfectionist tendencies.
Your CAT story: Along with multiple health issues, compounded by contracting the West Nile Virus, we had a steady stream of major life changes. One being the loss of my grandmother that we cared for. I honestly felt that life, as I knew it, had been completely swept out from beneath me. I had never felt so lost. In an effort to avoid becoming completely engulfed with despair, I decided it was time to make quilts. I had always wanted to, but was too busy with other responsibilities. Since buying that first quilt kit, crafting has become an invaluable tool in my coping with ongoing debilitating illness.
I try to do something every day, even if it’s for only a few minutes. Health limitations can make you feel so worthless, crafting not only distracts you from pain & negative thoughts, it gives you the extra bonus of having something beautiful to show for your efforts & to be able to share with others. Naturally, when I came across the CAT group, I was drawn to it. I love reading other people’s stories and see how they are able to turn ugly circumstances into beautiful makes!
Thank you so much for sharing with us Raquel @colourmehappy2 😘