A sign on display at a craft store said, "Crafting is cheaper than therapy." In many ways, I think it's true. Crafting keeps you focused, mindful and the repetitive motion calms you down. If you craft with like-minded folks, even better -- you can chat while you craft! And the finished piece is a reward in itself.
That's the reason why I take time to craft.
Here's an easy one that can be accomplished in one sitting.
It starts with some fabric. It doesn't matter what kind. Even fabric remnants will work. Be sure to use an iron to get the wrinkles out.
Mount the fabric tightly on an embroidery hoop and trim the excess.
Draw some of your favorite prints. I chose these simple botanicals.
"Color in the lines" using embroidery thread.
Play around with different colors and stitches. It doesn't have to be perfect.
And here is my hand-stitched art ready to be put on display. TADA!
The girls I call my BFFs (Best Friend Forever) live many miles away from me. "Far" like you need to ride an airplane (sometimes even two or three more). There are days I wish I could hangout with them -- have a long lunch, get our nails done, go shopping. It's tough, but thank goodness for technology! It makes keeping in touch a breeze.
On special occasions, I like to send my dearest friends some snail mail. Of course there's some blah to TADA! involved.
I instantly liked this empty box.
It has a window and a pull-out tray.
I erased the label printed on the window with some nail polish remover. Do you know where this is going? My box is already looking like a picture frame.
I trimmed some watercolor paper so these could fit inside the box.
Then I added color to the paper, inspired by the sunset and waves on the beach.
I glued everything together inside the box.
A sketch of me and my bestie.
This is the "picture" that goes inside the "frame".
I wrapped a little present, something tiny yet thoughtful like a pair of earrings or a pendant.
Then I added this to the box (I used double-sided tape).
A frame celebrating friendship with a gift enclosed. TADA!
I'll just add a handwritten note and it's ready to mail!