My husband has given me a new relaxing activity, and I can’t thank him enough. For the last week, I’ve been sorting through a bucket of 22,000 perler beads, separating the individual colors into plastic baggies, and I’m this far already:
While to some people it might be tedious, I enjoy the project. The simplest way I’ve found to sort through the beads is to pour a couple handfuls onto a plate and then pick through them with a tapestry needle, stringing the beads onto the tail of yarn. This keeps them in place until I’ve gotten all of a certain color, and I only have to empty the needle and yarn once per bag.
There’s something about the progress of the work and the simpleness of the work itself that is relaxing to me after a long day, even if my shoulders do sometimes get tight from hunching over. Is there anything more simple than sorting? We’ve been listening through the Harry Potter books together, and this activity, along with the game of Minecraft, keeps my mind occupied but relaxed.
What are we doing with all these beads, you might ask? My husband is making video game sprites, which, for those of you who are like me and didn’t know, are “bitmap graphics that are designed to be part of a larger scene.” Here are some that he has already made.
Pictured are a soldier, Link, a bush, and a bottle of mana potion.
Once I finish the bucket, I’ll probably continue with my regular relaxing activities of yarn crafts, crocheting blankets or knitting hats and socks. Relaxing is an important part of life, but there’s a special type of rejuvenation that comes from creative projects.
What are some of the ways you relax?