Last year when I was suffering with terrible perimenopause stress and anxiety, I took it upon myself to take up another hobby. This hobby I had been a massive fan of when I was a little kid as I’d often sit and play with it, building mostly cars and lining them up like a car showroom, on my bedroom windowsill but never carried it on. Now it seems like everyone is at it, and it’s now reached mainstream TV with Lego Masters, I thought it’d be about time I let you into my world of Lego too.
If you’ve never been caught by the building block madness yourself then you’d know nothing of the excitement you get when you get the chance to build a MOD (my own design – either your own, or bought from a fan of Lego) of a campervan that you’ve been lusting after for months just because it’s a smaller version of the van you holidayed in when you were a kid. Or the rush of adrenaline when your partner hands you a HUGE box that from the first shake you know it’s one of the amazing Lego builds that you’ve saved in your bookmarks for special occasions. I am, I’m afraid one of those girls that squeals when I’m handed a bag of Lego.
But what I love to do apart from building Lego caravans and campervans is to build bespoke Lego figures and frame them. I don’t sell them, I just make them for myself but as long as the parts are bought, can build them for friends for birthdays, christmas etc. They take a while, but when you’ve finished, they look amazing. Here are my Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Cornetto Trilogy collection.
But I couldn’t stop there, so I ended up doing characters from “Paul” (take a look at the t-shirts on each of the designs below and above too).
Then it became an addiction. So I continued and made the infamous “Spaced” characters (although I’m yet to design the background).
But again, I didn’t stop. I had one more I wanted to complete before I finished producing them. This would prove to be a little more difficult but I managed it, and if you haven’t seen an episode, I think it might be worth a little look to see if I captured the characters just right.
OK, so that’s one stress busting idea that I use when I’m experiencing a bit of a crash. What type of things do you use to help you out of the hole? Are you more creative when you’re depressed, or is there something that you do that blows away the blues when you’re feeling a bit sad that you can share with us?