One year ago I started this blog, to accompany my equally young craft business, to keep far-away friends and family updated, to keep myself inspired and motivated (and tell you about it) and to be able to look back on my hand-made journey – to name just a few reasons. In a recent article I found the following:
Crafting is, above all else, a source of pleasure – and pleasure in a number of forms. First, turning the mundane (a piece of wood, a hunk of clay) into something beautiful or delicious provides the maker with a sense of accomplishment, which activates a pleasure center in the brain known as the nucleus accumbens, says Maurer. (…) If you then give your creation to someone else, you experience a second form of pleasure. “Doing something for others can light up the posterior superior temporal sulcus,” says Maurer. Like the nucleus accumbens, that region is also a pleasure center: When stimulated, it signals the release of the happiness-producing neurotransmitter dopamine.
With this in mind I would like to thank all of you for my happiness, faithful readers and occasional drop-ins, first-time readers and people who have followed Klara Luna from day one. I selected three prizes you can win by doing the following: please leave a comment with this post within the next 10 days (until January, 19). All names will be thrown in a hat and I will have an unbiased little person draw three winners. Please indicate your preference for prize #1, #2 or #3. Good luck!
#2: A Dream Pillow, filled with soothing herbs and a Pink Flower Brooch made of plant-dyed wool felt
#3: A set of two sand-filled Meditation Weights (or Pincushions, or Paperweights, or..)
I am looking forward to your comments…