I have unwittingly found a crafty alternative and it's all due to my friend Brenda. We've never met and I'm not at all sure how we ended up as online friends - a combination of common interests and admiration for her photography I think. (Correct me if I'm wrong/ if you have a better memory than me Brenda!) A month or so ago she invited me to take part in a project called the Embroidered Digital Commons which involved embroidering phrases ready to be combined into a definition of the word liminal, which in turn will combine into a larger lexicon. The link gives a far more in depth explanation.
Here's what I produced (everything was pressed before it went, but excuse my enthusiasm in these hot off the needle pictures)
The action of embroidering turns out to be absorbing and meditative as well as creative, plus at the end there's the possibility of having art you can do something with - what could be better?!