Arts & Crafts

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You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Nothing is more fulfilling than creating something with your hands. Activities like knitting, woodwork or painting are great ways to get yourself out of your head.

Because of the focus and concentration these activities require, it takes your mind of other thoughts and worries and it taps in on your creative side. It has the ability to make you forget about time and your surroundings. There’s no greater sense of pleasure than finishing a project that’s a result of your creativity and skill. It’s working with natural materials, the quietness and the accomplishment that make arts & crafts activities very hygge on its own. On the other hand, they can add even more hygge to an already hygge setting: sitting by the fireplace, with a cup of tea, enjoying a bit of music or fine company.

#1 – hobby

Get a hobby that involves using your hands and your creativity. There are so many activities to choose from: knitting, sewing, woodworking, coloring, arranging flowers, crocheting, writing, crafting, pottery, painting, sculpting, quilting, etc. There’s bound to be something you like! And if you don’t know how to do it: take up a class, watch a tutorial or start a group.

person crafting at a wooden table - arts crafts

#2 – gifts

Make a homemade gift for someone. It’s a great way to show your appreciation and love, as a homemade gift requires time and effort and might be just the perfect tailor made treasure. You can also get creative with a gift that’s usually not considered very creative, like money. This way you’ll allow someone to save for something they really love ánd make it fun to give and get.

wooden box with some homemade gifts in it

#3 – mindfulness

Use arts & crafts as an exercise in mindfulness. Mindfulness and art making both use the right side of your brain. This is the side where all your creativity, intuition, visualization and emotion houses. Using this side of our brain gives you the ability to create and to be experiential. Immerse yourself in a creative project, and you’ll easily lose track of time.

woman painting cards with trees at a wooden table - arts crafts

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    Characteristics of a Hygge Spot

    We realize that the definition of a hygge place may vary slightly from person to person. However, as a guideline we use the following characteristics that are generally considered hygge.

    Basic lighting
    Basic lighting is the light you turn on when you enter the space. The light spreads evenly and doesn’t create too much effect or contrast. Think ceiling lamps, hanging lamps and build-in spots.

    Atmospheric lighting
    Atmospheric lighting is for creating…atmosphere. It’s a soft, indirect light that spreads throughout the space. This is called diffused light. Use different heights of atmospheric lighting for optimal results, for example table lamps, floor lamps and wall lamps.

    Functional lighting
    Functional lighting is focused light that enables you to see what you’re doing. It’s the light above your dinner table, the reading lamp next to your lazy chair and the spots above your kitchen sink.

    Accent lighting
    Accent lighting is used to single out a specific object or place and focus attention on it. This could be a painting or an architectonic detail.

    Decorative lighting
    Decorative lighting is about the esthetics of the armature itself. Lighting the space is not its purpose; it’s just there for the effect. Most of these light sources have little light output and stand out because of their appearance. Fireplaces and candles are also decorative lighting.

    Hygge is the art of creating warmth, coziness and contentment in any given moment.

    Hygge Hytte  means 'cozy cottage', a place where you can unwind and recharge.