My kids and housework take up the bulk of my day. But I do get pockets of free time which, if I’m not in a lazy mood and get sucked into a movie or tv show, I use to work on my own little craft projects. When I say “my own little craft projects,” I mean things I do just for myself and just for fun. I’m always busy making things and it’s usually for clients, for Craft Party and my kids’ art activities so having a bit of time for myself to just make things for the sake of it is a much needed breather. And lately, I have been on a roll making things at home. Let me share with you what I had been and can’t seem to get enough of!
This has always been my go-to craft and it has always been rewarding.
Lately, I’ve been having fun making them in thematic sets. I did a snacks series a couple of months back and my latest one are these Sun-kissed Girls, inspired by 1950s swimwear fashion and of course, the season of summer!
I have always loved working with beads. And I also love to wear fancy drop earrings. So I put these two together and have been making these beaded dangling earrings!
The first batch of nine pairs I have I made in one night (so hooked!!) using marbled beads from old broken bracelets. I adore the colors so I mixed them with some plastic and wooden beads to create these pieces. They are now for sale at Kendo Creative.
A few days after, I made myself a pair of tassel earrings, with a few beads, of course, which I’m really really loving. I think I’m gonna make myself more (maybe even some for selling… anyone, interested?) because they’re turning out to be the perfect summer accessories!
I don’t always enjoy sewing. But when I’m in the mood, I’m really in the mood.
The spell hit me last week and not only have I been repairing clothes, I’ve also been making my own unique patches. I’m not so good with embroidery but I think I did a pretty decent job with these.
Art and Words
This year, I began a weekly art journal and I’m happy to report that I’ve been on track documenting each week. I record my thoughts, experiences and events through words, pictures, stickers, drawings — and whatever else I feel like using.
This practice has helped me, not only to de-stress or clear my mind, but also to reflect on my experiences, to see both the good and the bad and how those affect me, to notice beauty in what may at first appear plain and be more grateful.
This is the one I resolve to keep doing even when I’m double or triple busy, whether I’m inspired or not, feeling “crafty” or not. I’m sure reading back through these pages will be very interesting at the end of the year.
I’m grateful to have had some time to make these over the last week. Because I know I won’t always have time to do so! And I’m happy that crafts has still been effective in keeping me sane and happy. I hope no matter how busy your weeks get, you also find pockets of time to do something creative and try something new.
Let today be yours to make!