Often when I'm doing handwork I watch—or at least listen to— videos. They range from Louis CK doing standup to multiple seasons of "The Good Wife" or "The Gilmore Girls" to TED Talks. In fact, I probably watch the TED Talks more than anything else. Recently, while stitching a few Tyvec bags for gift-giving (see above), I experienced two of my favorite Talks (see below) ever.
Travel writer and essayist Pico Iyer reminds us that "In an age of constant motion, nothing is so urgent as sitting still."
And StoryCorps founder Dave Isay urges us to to take time to ask friends, family, and even strangers about their lives. About his StoryCorps experience, he explains, "I've learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the worlds of people all around us when we simply take time to listen. " Learn more about StoryCorps and the Great Thanksgiving Listen here.
Finally, if you are curious about the zip-up pouches above, check out Maya Donenfeld's short class on Creativebug. I was able to let go of most of my perfectionist tendencies when I was making mine—perhaps because the Tyvec is such prosaic material—and that made the process really fun and easy for me. (Enter the code COZYCRAFTS when you sign up during November and everything on the site is free for a month.)