Monday, March 7, 2011

National Craft Month & Twenty-four Yards of Fabric

March is National Craft Month, so I decided to celebrate by placing an order from, my favorite online shop. Of course they are having an awesome sale, with a free shipping deal. Which meant that I had to scoop up those bargains. My order was ten lengths of fabric, two to three yards each. Total yardage was twenty-four yards...what!? Seems like a lot, doesn't it? But it was only one little box and I have an idea in mind for each one.

Crafting is a relaxing, diverse, and fulfilling hobby. If you already enjoy crafting, consider sharing your skills with others, especially children. New to crafts? Begin by taking a class or asking a friend for help. You may remember childhood crafts like popcicle stick art, woven potholders, or construction paper covered cigar boxes. Today we have many more options from elegant art to shabby chic. Take a stroll through Hobby Lobby, Michaels or Jo-Ann. Choose from sewing, knitting/crochet, quilting, scrapbooking, art journaling, jewelry making, metalwork, painting, home d├ęcor, woodworking, and more.

A word of advice, though...crafts can become addicting. What begins as a shoe box to hold your supplies can quickly become an addition on your home to store all your gear. Just take it slow, keep your things organized, and enjoy the hobby. Remember, you don't have to buy all the stuff at once!

That being said, I enjoy my completely full craft room very much. Fabric is stored in a closet and two cabinets; but I just can't get enough. I'll post later on how I inventory everything. Even with my mini fabric store, I am always on the lookout for beautiful pieces. Last fall I found 5 huge boxes of material at a yard sale for only $12. I browse thrift stores for pretty or unusual items to repurpose into art, quilts, or other projects.

My resolutions for National Craft Month are to go through my collection, finish several projects, and experiment with a new craft idea. And I'll use a few of the twenty-four yards that just came in.

Useful Notion: For inspiration and more information on crafting see these websites -

There's nothing more exciting than starting a new project,
And nothing more satisfying than finishing one!