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National Craft Month

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This article taken verbatim from the site says it all! First published in 2018:

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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Adventures in Card-Making · Creativity · Perspectives

5 Benefits of Crafting

 

Dear Fellow Crafters,

After all these years, (25!) of crafting starting with painting fabrics to die-cutting I have always maintained that my hobby kept me sane. Between balancing being a wife, Mon and Sr. Customer Service Representative for two large corporations I carved out weekend time for my ever-evolving craft life. I remember when I started rubber stamping and someone told me that “it was a fad and wouldn’t last!” Well!!! Anyway, if you’re a beginner crafter there are some very distinctive benefits to any type of craft pursuits. Here are 5 of them:

  1. Mental and Health Benefits.

Getting lost in the making of a craft item helps you forget a stressful day or an on-going problem in your life. Completing a make gives you a sense of achievement and if the item is a gift, then you get the satisfaction of giving a gift from your heart and hands. One other similar benefit is that it helps in improving hand-eye coordination and brain productivity.

2. Allows you to gain a new skill. Each crafting project requires a different technique. When I was first introduced to die-cutting, I was intrigued but wondered if I could master it. Even though I have a spatial disorder, I decided to talk the plunge and now couldn’t be happier. In fact, I think my crafting is better.

3.Crafting gets you off your phone or tablet.

If you create in a group you get to communicate with people. We are all “addicted” in some ways to our devices which not only robs us of time but real social interaction. Concentrating on our “masterpiece” gives us an avenue to achieving something tangible.

4. Crafting saves money.

Instead of spending money you can create a thing of value.that will be treasured. In the early days of my card crafting I wondered if my creations meant something to the people (family, friends and co-workers),I gave them to. A card is a card after all. Well, I found out one day, by accident, that a o-worker kept all the cards I made for him in a desk drawer at work. And finally,

5. Crafting is a social activity. Just like there are a knitting circles there are crafting clubs. Join or start one!

~Happy Crafting,

Sallie

Adventures in Card-Making · Creativity · Tutorial

3D Paper Heart Wreath

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I don’t often write about crafting with children but when I saw this tutorial I thought of all of you. Obviously, you can use a glue stick in place of the sugary “glue” in the recipe. Enjoy!

~Sallie

. Kids and adults alike will enjoy making this heartwarming decoration. The steps are simple for kids, and little ones will love to glue little hearts together to create cool 3D hearts to go around the wreath.

Customize the wreath by changing the color of the paper, or adding glitter or other decorations to the hearts. Store this as a keepsake for many Valentine’s Days to come.

INGREDIENTS
Sugar Paste
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
1 cup cold water
1 cup boiling water

SUPPLIES
1 paper plate
Pink cardstock in varying shades (we used 3 colors for our wreath)
Scissors
Sugar paste
Yarn

DIRECTIONS
Cut the inside section of the paper plate so that it forms a ring with an opening in the center.

Trace  or die cut a heart shape onto the pink cardstock and cut it out. You will need enough hearts to go around the outside of the paper plate. We used 13 for the outer border on our wreath.

Use the sugar paste to attach the outer border of hearts to your wreath

Now trace the heart onto another color of cardstock. You’ll need five heart shapes for each 3D heart you want to make. We made 12 total 3D hearts, so we cut 60 heart shapes

Fold the hearts you just cut in half, and apply sugar paste to the back of one side. Press the opposite sides of two folded heart shapes together and repeat until you have a 3D heart that fans out.

Glue the 3D hearts on top of the outer border, creating an inner border.
We added three more hearts to the inside of the wreath for some extra flair!