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National Craft Month

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This article taken verbatim from the site says it all!

Sallie

Ever since you were a kid, you’ve known that making things is fun. Paper mache monsters, fluffy pompoms made from wool, knitted jumpers, making your own decoupage boxes and decorations – and who said that fun had to stop just because you grew up? Craft Month is all about celebrating crafty little hobbies that keep you occupied on those gloomy days.

Whatever your chosen craft is – and there’s certainly plenty to choose from – make sure you celebrate it this month and get ready to get stuck into what your creativity can come up with.

The History of Craft Month
Craft month was created back in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association. Intended to help everyone rediscover the joy of crafting, it’s a month that’s all about learning new crafts, finding a new favorite handy hobby or perhaps revisiting a hobby you used to love back in the day.

In this month, crafters get together and get their hand’s dirty sticking, sewing, knitting, cutting, pasting, coloring, painting – and they are sure to tell you that there are very few better ways to explore your creativity that just letting loose and making whatever your heart tells you to.

How to Celebrate Craft Month
This is a great opportunity to start-up a new hobby, tell your friends and family about one that you already have, or even introduce your kids to something crafty.

If you do have kids, get them off their game consoles and the TV by letting them get messy with glue, glitter, pipe cleaners, colored paper – make sure you stick the masterpieces up on the fridge!

Even if you don’t think you are especially artistic, there’s never any harm in giving things a go. Maybe this month, instead of buying cards for birthdays or anniversaries, channel your inner artist and make some of your own. Making your own gifts to give to friends and family is a great idea too – and always appreciated. Remember – it’s the thought that counts!

If you don’t really fancy getting crafty yourself, you could always visit your local craft markets and pick up some beautiful handmade items from local traders. Jewelry, knitwear, cards, decorations, scrapbooking equipment, sculptures, materials, customized shoes, hand-stitched clothing, homemade baked goods – there’s always something for everyone.

 

 

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Creativity is sharing

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Each one of us is a gift that is shared with others. Our smile, our compassion, our gifts of friendship and love are shared with families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, our community, our state, and our world. Your craft, no matter what it is, is shared also.

I have a friend who learned how to crochet. She joined a ministry to make blankets for cancer patients. Another creates greeting cards for veterans in VA hospitals. When I was younger, I used to teach in after-school programs in my area.

We all share our gifts and by continually learning new skills, and practicing them we not only conquer the inner critic and jump over the creative blocks we find ourselves in, but we emerge from the dungeon of fear and self-criticism and fly towards our creative potential.

I hope that this series of posts over the last year have helped you unlock the creative blocks you’ve faced and with your new set of keys you will become the creative person you were meant to be.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Creativity and thankfulness

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Creativity is about being thankful. During this month, we all think of the people in our lives who guide us on our life journey. In a similar fashion, we focus on thanking our mentors those who have helped us on our creative journey.

Remember back in January when we looked at the blank canvas and the demons (inner critics) came out? All the people who stood by you and offered sound advice and had healthy criticism were the ones who mentored your creative pursuits. Take a moment to thank them. In your journal, be sure to note how you feel now about creativity. You’ve come so far and though you still have a long way to go, your efforts have not been wasted. You’re wiser now. You are on the verge of creating something great!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie