Jess Rowe makes custom pet accessories and now we want to go full craft mode too.

In the wasteland of 2021 strewn with containment, we had to look for hobbies to distract ourselves from the constant headlines and, you know, the deadly pandemic raging outside.

Locked in her home, Sydneysider, journalist, author and TV host, Jess Rowe, gets creative even though she identifies as a “shitty housewife.”

In fact, she even went so far as to make personalized pet accessories for her cats Violet and Daisy and her dog Daphne. It’s enough to make us want to do crafts too.

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“Since I was little, I love crafts and creation. My mother was amazing at sewing (I’m not) but she introduced me to cross stitch and knitting, ”she tells Body + Soul.

“In elementary school I knitted sweaters from his leftover wool and had a stall in the Paddington markets where I sold them. I also designed t-shirts. My favorite had plastic forks around its neck and I painted sausages between them with fabric text!

However, during the lockdown between her iconic #embarrassingmum TikToks and #mumjoke one liners, she embraced that part of herself that has always loved craftsmanship and created all kinds of fun outfits (for herself and the animals). of company).

“A lot of people know that I am a proud #homemaker and I have made a habit of making hats to match most of the meals I serve my family every night. So with that in mind, I think I’m most proud of my nachos hat and spag bowl hat! I have some crazy creations coming soon, ”she says.

It’s safe to say this year has been a bit dark and sad and it’s so nice to see our favorite personalities think outside the box and bring some joy and laughter to our social pages.

However, Rowe says her creative craft isn’t just about adding a spark of joy and silliness to life. They also serve a deeper purpose for one’s mental well-being.

“Crafts are wonderful for your sanity and for me it’s a way of practicing mindfulness,” she reveals.

“Essentially, focusing on a craft project helps me get out of my head and into the moment. The colors, textures, shapes and different materials that you use as well as the power of your imagination are so good for your soul.

Research confirms this. A qualitative study over 60 women run in Finland found that craftsmanship could be considered a ‘coping strategy when reactions caused by the fast pace of life and life threatening situations were directed to the conscious mind by the ‘Arts and crafts “.

“Crafting as a hobby increases the feeling of empowerment. Essays show that craftsmanship contributes to women’s sense of personal integrity and has helped them build roles and identities in their life context. The leisure activity served as a means of personal expression, to learn about oneself and to acquire a feeling of personal worth and autonomy ”, we read.

A recent poll from Cricut (popular DIY cutting devices) found that 88% of Australians say pursuing a creative hobby is a positive outlet for their mental health, ranking it higher than sex, travel, animals servants and meditation when asked ‘what makes you feel happiest’.

“Sexual and physical contact is essential, and pets as lifelong companions are great, but the joy of creating things and stimulating your brain in other ways can dramatically improve your mental health and well-being. . It also provides a strong sense of accomplishment, and if you do something to give to a loved one, it is rewarding in many ways, ”says the Biomedical Scientist and Doctor, Dr Zac Turner,

We’re guessing Jess Rowe has found the perfect trifecta – crafts for loved ones who are pets.

In order to make her fabulous creations, Rowe used a Cricut. One glance online and you’ll see there’s a whole Cricut community posting their designs all over the internet and Pinterest.

Think Halloween decor, beautifully labeled kitchens, and personalized backpacks and pencil cases.

“I love Cricut. It’s easy to use and there are so many different ways to customize your designs. I’m a big fan of glitter and sparkles, so I used Cricut glitter materials to create special taglines for team jerseys and jerseys, ”she says.

“I also added slogans to the mugs and I even design bandanas for my cats Violet and Daisy and for the dog Daphne. I’m now taking orders for t-shirts and pet accessories for the whole family! Next on my Cricut wishlist are earrings! Mmm, can you guess what they might come up with? “

To be honest, we’re about to jump on the Cricut train with her. Some ingenious creators are even able to set up small businesses using the machines. A new mental health strategy and a side hustle? It’s a victory, win.

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