Kathryn

is creating connection/healing via storytelling/craft

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Crochet Monthly Newsletter + HUGE THANKS
$1
per month
Anyone who commits even $1 of funding will receive my monthly crochet-focused email. This is primarily about the health benefits of crochet, many of which would apply to other crafts as well. There are interviews with crafters, tips, resources, and more.

If you don't crochet and don't care about this newsletter, but still want to support my work with a small donation because you believe in it, you can opt out of the newsletter and receive my HUGE THANKS for your kindness. Also, if you want to have me send the newsletter to someone else (someone you know or as a donation to a stranger who can't afford to be a Patron), I'm happy to do so.
Inspirational Email
$2
per month
At this tier you will receive my monthly newsletter (new in 2020) that is designed to offer inspiration, positive, creative prompts, thoughts about mindfulness, and lots of resources. It's a collection of all of the things I'm reading and inspired by both in print and online. It's mostly short snippets with links to help you find more information.
Postcard of Gratitude
$3
per month
At this tier you will receive a monthly handwritten postcard from me expressing my gratitude for what you allow me to do. It will include an inspiring quote.

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$194

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About

THANK YOU so much for supporting the work that I do. I have a lot to say below but let me give you the brief version first: I am a writer with a Masters in Counseling-Based Integral (East and West) Psychology who loves to crochet and work with hand-based crafts. I write primarily at the intersection of psychology and crafting and am best-known for my books and other writings about the mental and physical health benefits of crochet. I have recently expanded my research and writing to include other crafts. I provide tips and other resources but mostly I share stories because I believe that what is personal to one can be universally applicable to others and I also believe that sharing our stories connects us in vital ways.

Patreon Thoughts

I've been a writer for the better part of two decades and what I've learned in that time is that what I love most is applying my writing and research skills to helping others. I do this primarily through authentically sharing my own story and helping others to uncover and share their own. The newsletters and creative support available to my Patreon followers are about offering my skills as gifts to help inspire more creativity, more personal growth, more mental health awareness, and more community connection. Below you can check out what I'm about, what you get when you support me, and why I hope you'll decide to do so. See the "rewards" page of Patreon for even more about what's in it for you.

More than that, I hope that you'll see that when we donate to independent writers and artists, we are improving the world. People who put their heart into their work are better for this world than people who are doing things rotely. People who create are bringing new life into our communities. Patreon is a way to give to those people, to say that you support independent art, that you want to see indie writers thrive, that you believe in the creative process even more than the products it results in.

My Mission

I commit to using my skills / experience in writing, crafting and therapeutic creativity to assist others in understanding, exploring and achieving their creative dreams, honoring their artistic selves and healing their inner and outer worlds. This is done primarily through the channel of crochet but incorporates information from other areas of craft, art, creativity and psychology.

What You Get (Briefly)

When you support my work through Patreon at the lowest funding level, you receive my monthly crochet newsletter which includes original writing and interviews about the health benefits of crafting, creative inspiration, information about things I'm loving in crochet, occasional product discounts and helpful craft tutorials centered on using crochet to improve your life.

At higher funding levels you can receive personalized emails and text support, handcrafted collage-style cards made from craft-related images with inspiring quotes, signed copies of books and more.

Learn more from the "rewards" section of Patreon. Read on here to learn more about my work and why you might want to support what I do.

Why Give Me Your Monthly Support

  • You're supporting a true indie author / writer. I am committed to high-quality self-publishing online and in print. The more time I devote to it, the better it's getting. It's not easy to make it in the world of freelance and every dollar helps.
  • You're helping a survivor of chronic mental health issues. I have struggled with depression for most of my life, and I have worked hard to find a way to remain a creative, productive individual who contributes to my society. Creative, community-building writing is how I do that.
  • You're supporting the wider craft community by allowing me to continue sharing and supporting their work across social media and in my writing.
  • I'm no fly-by-night writer. Sometimes you don't know if you should fund someone independent because you don't know if they'll really keep creating. I've been self-employed as a writer for the better part of two decades, and my body of work continues growing and developing.
  • You'll play an important role in taking my writing work to the next level. Less time focused on raising funds means more time devoted to the true art of writing and connecting community together.
  • You'll be helping me to help others. As we reach milestones in this community, I donate my work to others.

How The Money Helps

The funding allows:

  • Creative and emotional space to be able to take the work to the next level. I continually work to take my writing to the next level. My work has included books that I hope have helped others (Crochet Saved My Life and Hook to Heal), the Mandalas for Marinke depression awareness project (now a book!), a new title on Internet Addiction and I'm currently working on two new books to be released next year. Thanks to the support here, I have been able to  to offering workshops and online creativity support services. Doing this kind of intensive creative work requires some time to just create. Chasing money to pay the bills each month inhibits this work. Funding directly supports its creation.
  • Time to delve deeper into research to bring you fresh, new, interesting interviews and information about the health benefits of crafting and how to access those benefits.
  • Creation of new content that is shared in the monthly Patreon newsletters and beyond. I also write for several websites and magazines and usually have a book project in the works; your funding helps make those things happen.
  • Continued self-care and mental health care; this allows me to create and also to give my best self to others to support them in their craft work.
  • Note that you can see in my "goals" what the money goes in terms of my specific spending. At each goal level, I also offer donations of my books to charity (generally to mental health organizations) and I also offer newsletter/email support scholarships.

Artistic Tithing

One of the things that I've written about in my book Hook to Heal is the concept of "artistic tithing" which I got from someone else and it resonated with me immediately. It's the idea that you commit a certain amount of your money to support the art and artists that you love. You might use it to buy indie dyed yarn. You might use it to order handcrafted items from crafters who work in a different medium than you. You might spend it all on gifts at a local craft fair. Or you might choose to spend it supporting work like mine! Please know that I'll work hard to pay it forward with heartfelt, community-supportive work. Any bit you can offer is so thoroughly appreciated.
Goals
$194 of $200 per month
When we collectively reach this goal, I will do a monthly donation of two of my books as follows:

1. One to a local little free library
2. One to someone on my waiting list who wants the books but can't afford them
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