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March is National Craft Month

March is National Craft Month

Crafting is a great way to relax and express yourself. Learning a new craft or technique is easy today with youtube and all of the how to’s offered by various websites.  Virtually anything you want to learn can be found on youtube.

Here are some tips to make your crafting experience even better. 

Keep organized

I know that often times keeping yourself organized is easier said than done but it does make life easier.   

Try keeping your craft materials in plastic bins, closet organizers or baskets. I like to keep each project I’m working on in its own plastic bin so I have the instructions, all the tools and materials I need in a shoe box sized bin with a lid. That way I can keep my projects clean and dust free until I can get back to it.   The bins also stack nicely on a shelf. 

Craft in a clear area

Try to keep the area you craft in free of clutter so you can focus on your project.

 Craft with a friend

Share your crafting experience with your kids, family or friends. Learn from each while enjoying each other’s company. Turn on some favorite music and relax and enjoy the experience. 

Take a break

Be sure and get up every once in a while to stretch and walk around when crafting for long periods of time. 

Don't be afraid to try a new craft

Have you always wanted to learn a new craft but somehow never got around to actually doing it?  Don't put up roadblocks to creativity.  Don't be afraid to branch out and expand your crafting skills and know how.  Who knows?  Maybe a new craft will become your favorite craft.

Most importantly, enjoy yourself

Crafting is a way to express yourself. And don’t get discouraged if your project isn’t turning out the way you envisioned it.   Practice makes perfect! 

Happy crafting!  

 

 

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What is a stencil? And a little stencil history

I get asked this question a lot. 

Simply put a stencil is a piece of mylar plastic with a design cut out of it.  When paint is applied to the cut parts of the mylar a design is transferred to your surface.

Hand stencils have been discovered dating back as far as 35,000 years ago.  Pigment was blown across the hand held against a wall.  The photo below shows these hand stencils inside a cave in Argentina.

In colonial America people used handmade stencils made out of heavy oiled paper or even leather to add beauty to the walls and floors of their homes.  Early wall stencils were inspired by the wallpapers of the time.  Examples of these original stencil works can still be found in New England.

Stencils make everyone an instant artist.  Absolutely anyone can stencil.  The use of stencils today is a part of the DIY movement.

Stencils are an inexpensive way to freshen up your home without the huge cost of redecorating.  For example, instead of wall papering that boring wall, you could stencil a decorative border on it or around the doorway.  You could stencil an overall pattern over the wall with a deeper or lighter shade of paint and you've changed the whole look of the room.  Wall paper is expensive and messy.  But using a stencil is quite inexpensive and reusable.  And you have created something that is unique to you.

 Stencil your world!

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