Self-Care Ideas for a Cozy Fall Day

It’s been gray and dreary here in Fort Collins, Colorado. That’s unusual weather for us, since we get over 300 days of sunshine a year. I get cranky and tired when it’s cold and bleak outside, but I recently did some self-care doing crafty projects that got my creative juices flowing! Cozy up with these ideas for how to spend your gray days indoors, and stay tuned for more ideas as we transition from gray, to bright blue skies, to that white stuff.

Snuggle With Your Pets

My three cats love to snuggle when the weather is glum. If I sit on the couch for too long, I end up covered in cats. Once they’re all snoozing, it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on some self-care Netflix and beading. Of course, some projects are easier to accomplish than others while trapped on the couch by adorable furry creatures, but here are a few that should prove fairly couch-friendly, and resistant to damage caused by the inevitable pet-on-project syndrome:

  • Kumihimo with beads requires you to string all of your beads onto your cord before you begin braiding – so it’s the perfect couch project! Pop this Kumihimo with Beads DVD in, grab a blanket, curl up, and start braiding!
  • Another project you can string beforehand is one of my favorite pastimes—knotting beads! The Knotting and Braiding Bible is a fabulous resource for knotting knowledge and project ideas. Also, check out this article about the most professional-looking ways to finish a knotted strand.
  • If your critters are easily tempted by strings and beads, try origami jewelry! A book or clipboard in your lap can provide a nice hard, flat surface to fold paper on. This Origami Jewelry Motifs eBook has tons of adorable mini-origami for jewelry.

Try one of these projects while snuggled on the couch with your pet!

Appreciate the Fall Colors

The changing color of the leaves in the fall is by far my favorite thing about the season. I take so many photos of trees and landscapes with a yearning to paint or capture the scene in some creative way. I’m a terrible painter, so beading seems the better way to pay tribute to the beauty, for me! These projects feature my favorite fall colors seen in the trees of Colorado:


These Beadwork patterns are the perfect way to honor the beautiful colors of fall.

I hope that these self-care ideas for chasing away the gloom on a cloudy fall day will help lift your spirits! Stay tuned for another installment coming soon!

Which crafty endeavor will you spend your gray fall day doing? Tell us in the comments! Also, please submit to W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) by sending photos to [email protected] and including “W.O.R.D.” in the subject line.

Meredith Steele
Technical Editor, Beadwork magazine

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