How to craft your way to happiness

Author Kelly Williams Brown teaches you how to create watercolor thank you cards..
4:46 | 07/20/21

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Our next guest caught our attention with her best-selling book "Adulting" and now she's sharing her journey through mental health in the new book "Easy crafts for the insane, a mostly funny memoire of mental illness and making things". Let's look at tips to take control of your self-care. Kelly Williams brown, thank you for being here. Can you explain the title to us first, "Easy crafts for the insane"? What are we talking about? I went through a really bad 700 days. I had a divorce, my dad got cancer, I broke three of my four limbs in separate incidents, I lost a really close friendship that felt like a death and the only thing that really got me through it was crafting. And in this way, it could have easily been easy recipes for the insane or easy gardening for the insane but I found crafts gave me the peace and serenity to get through things that I did not want to go through. I love that story. Kelly, you talk a lot about crafting as an escape. Is there actual scientific proof that crafting has stress-reducing benefits? What are we making today? Absolutely, they do. And another thing that reduces stress is gratitude and thinking about people we love. So today I'm going to make a watercolor note for a friend or someone. Quite easy. And I do want to say I mention in the book that they are easy. They're not brilliant. But we're going to start by doing a heart lightly in pencil. Just like that. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect. We're not trying to find a new way to feel bad about ourselves. And then we're going to get some of our watercolor paint and using a flat-ish brush, you just go ahead and carefully outline one half of the heart. And then you can fill it in, pulling the paint toward the center, nice and smooth. And just to speed up the process a little bit, I'm going quick right now, but when you do it, I want you to remember crafts are supposed to be relaxing. Once we have the heart filled in and the watercolor is dry, I would suggest you do this in pencil, but I'm going to take a pen and write the name a little bit wider than I normally would. So we're going to have a nice little flourish. A "T" and a "J". Nice. And then we're going to go ahead and add a line on our downstroke, which is what makes calligraphy. We'll make some little dots. Now we're just going to take our regular old elementary school glue and we're going to make a line down through. And then, because everything is better with glitter, we take it and gently shake it over the top. You don't have to put a lot on. We're going to shake it and tap it. Why did this end up being your thing? You talked about recipes and other stuff. How did you figure out that crafting was the thing that worked for you? Well, I've always been a crafter, but, again, I would say it doesn't have to be crafts specifically. It's just something that you use your hands and your mind and you can really focus in on the moment and it really becomes a kind of meditation. We're all so much stronger than we think, but in any one moment we can get overwhelmed so easily. A way to take yourself out of that and breathe through it is the best thing you can do. That is interesting, it's the simple things. I don't know if Dr. Sutton has finished his. You're right, it's calming and peaceful. And quite frankly, to see you make that heart and put T.J. In it just made me feel good. I'm not joking. It's the very simple things. You talk about gratitude and little gestures that make a difference, and that absolutely does. So thank you so much for that, Kelly. Well, thank you. And before I go, I just want to say to anyone out there who feels like they can't make it through or feels like they're at the end of their rope, you are so much stronger than you know. You matter and you can do it. You've just got to find something. Thank you so much. I absolutely hope you will come back and see us on "Gma3." Kelly's books "Easy crafts for the insane" in stores now. What does that say? Mom. Mom has played well in this show today.

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