Christmas Wreath with Big Bow; or, you can always drown your sorrows in crafting

So here's the deal: the other night I was feeling really down. Anyone who lives in the North East knows about S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) and, baby, I've got it in spades. I've been trying to figure out constructive ways to deal with my problems instead of the usual drowning my sorrows in booze, so I decided to drown my sorrows in another Christmas Wreath.

The thing I'm enjoying right now about making the wreaths is I can pretty much do whatever I want and it's not wrong. Sure, I suppose if I really wanted to, I could follow a tutorial, but I don't have to. It's not like knitting or sewing where you need to follow instructions if you don't want your project looking like a second grader got into mom's crafting supplies... I can just be creative and express myself however I want. For example, I decided I hated the look of the super fake pine stems on the wreath and wanted to cover it with more "realistic" fake pine stems instead .

See? Looks much better, right?

And if I want to just throw on whatever pine cones and glittery leaves and berries I feel like, then by gum, I can do just that!

I mean sure, you probably want to try and keep things looking balanced, and I'm sure there are professional wreath makers who are cringing at my homemade creations (and good god, let's not even talk about my bow- I didn't even bother trying to take a picture of my attempts at making it- I had a hard enough time just putting the damn thing together; note to self: use store bought next time), but it's not like I'm wearing them out in public... and even if I put one on the front door, our house is in the woods and so far back from the main road that no one's ever going to see it (except for maybe the UPS guy when he has a package delivery). So here it is, in all its glory!

Because yeah, I decided to hang a little lantern ornament in the center, what of it?

I can stress out and be serious about my knitting and my sewing. During the dark times (both literal and figurative), I at least will have my wreath making to be as creative and low-stress as I want; after all, isn't that what crafting should be? A way to take the edge off, have fun, be creative, and express yourself. And hey, if you want to throw a little booze in there too, go for it.