COVID has changed daily life for the majority of us. Many of us have found that we have plenty of spare time on our hands and have turned to our hobbies to keep us entertained. If you love crafting and enjoy using gadgets, then here are some crafty gadgets to enjoy during the lockdown.
Sewing is a popular hobby as it can be as straightforward or as complicated as you make it, and in the end, you will have a useful item to show for all your hard work.
If you aren’t a fan of hand sewing, there is plenty of sewing gadgetry available for your pleasure. Sewing machines have advanced tremendously since your grandma was a young girl. Nowadays, sewing machines are computerized and usually come with a variety of built-in stitches. You can also purchase and download many more designs from the internet onto the computer. A computerized sewing machine makes very precise stitches. If you want to create more elaborate designs on your clothes or soft furnishings, consider investing in a computerized embroidery machine that will sew highly intricate patterns and pictures onto them.
Our first set of dishes originally belonged to my Grandma.
My family had moved my grandma into an assisted living facility when I was in college, and she no longer had any use for her kitchenware or dishes or serving items. Instead of throwing everything away or searching for someone to go through and sell it, my family simply boxed it all up and stored it for me! When my hubby and I got married (just before my grandma passed away), I hardly registered for any kitchen items since I already had almost everything we needed! It was kinda neat! (SUPER neat when I would pull down a dish, flip it over and see her name written on the bottom in blue Sharpie pen with a smiley face included!) All the keepsakes made it seem like she was right there in my kitchen with me.
When we were gearing up to move to our current home, I realized that everything I had from her wouldn’t match my new kitchen. Not only that, but everything I had from her was at least 50 years old, and the wear and tear on her dishes, especially, was starting to show. I knew it was time for me to get a newer set of dishes. I did that, and then checked with the family to see if anyone wanted what I had of Grandma’s. After sharing most of the keepsakes with other family members, I had a few left over that I wanted to keep in use around my home. Three of those pieces were simple saucers – gray with a light blue pinstripe running their edges.
Our twins just celebrated their 5-month-old birthday yesterday – time is flying! Even though I’m trying to hold on to all the little moments, I’m also excited for all the fun times to come! One thing I’m really looking forward to doing with them is getting crafty! So when Annabelle Short contacted me about sharing a post on the best ribbon projects for kids, well, I started dreaming of doing crafts with ribbons with the girls! So fun! Here are her fantastic ideas:
Whether you purchase ribbons already hemmed and cut or make your own from strips of fabric, there are a lot of fun projects you can make with kids. You might want to begin by having a “round table think tank” meeting with kids who just may have some really creative ideas.
Even pre-school children can create ribbon projects with a bit of glue, styrofoam forms and colorful ribbons. Some of the best ribbon projects you can make with your kids include:
Native American dream catchers
Book Marks – Ribbon Projects for the Younger Set
When inclement weather has your pre-school kids looking for things to do, start with the simplest of ribbon projects. For example, toddlers can make bookmarks using ribbon about six inches long. For this project use buttons or bit of jewelry that lost their mates like earrings kids can glue or sew to the top of the ribbon. They can also use small ribbon bows attached to the top of each bookmark.
Ribbon dolls are another project kids love to make. Cut a pantyhose leg about five inches in length. Have kids stuff the open end with cloth scraps or paper from the shredder. Give them about two inches of ribbon to tie off the open end. This becomes the “head” of the doll. They can cut ribbon into small strips to make “hair.” Create a neck with about two to three inches of ribbon an inch down from the doll’s head. Tie the ribbon at the neck so it looks like a bow tie. Tie off legs with narrow ribbon strips. Glue buttons to the body to make a “suit.”
Now that it’s possible to get anywhere you need to go with turn-by-turn directions on your cell phone, you probably haven’t looked at a paper map in years. Why would you? It’s not safe to open them while driving, and the most detailed ones aren’t exactly convenient to carry around since they’re so big. Worst of all, they’re nearly impossible to fold back up flat again!
Luckily, you can turn those old maps into great works of art. If you have a collection of maps lying around your house, try using them as a free source of paper to make creative Valentines for friends and family. For some inspiration, check out these fun Valentine’s Day crafts to get started:
Show the Way to Your Heart With Valentine’s Day Cards
The great thing about all those old maps is that they’re made out of paper, so they’re easy to work with. Think about it as a free source of scrapbook paper – the same paper crafting techniques apply. If you’re a seasoned scrapbooker, you probably already have an arsenal full of supplies, but here are suggestions for a novice to craft a beautiful handmade Valentine with maps:
So, how’s it looking at your house these days? Tree up? Decorations about? Presents arranged? This is one of my favorite times of year! And I think one aspect of this time of year that I especially love is the Christmas ornaments. Sure, we have some that are just there for proper color and theme and style…but there are important keepsakes hanging on those tree branches, too! It’s a great way to display and even protect the little things that mean so much. Which is why I love the idea of “stuffing” an ornament!
You know those clear ball ornaments that you can purchase from your local craft store? That’s what I’m talking about! And I’m seeing LOTS of ways you can use them in your Christmas decor, too! Check out these ideas…
Stuff with Your Wedding Invitation
I pinned this Christmas ornament idea from Christy over at ChristyRobbins, and I actually made two of these for our tree myself! One with the invitation for our wedding and one with the invitation for our reception!