Things I love Tuesdays: Crafting

Things I Love Tuesdays is a weekly feature on my blog where I talk about things I love. Books, movies, it’s all good. Keeping things light and fun.

Welcome to the first installment of “Things I love Tuesdays.” Here is where I get to talk about things that make me happy. In the words of Marie Kondo, they spark joy. This week, I’m going to talk about crafting.

Now, I’ve always been a yarn crafter. I’ve been crocheting since I was about 4 years old, which puts me at…well, at a couple of decades of crochet. I tried knitting, but I could never get into it. Crochet was just easier for my brain. I could work on a scarf or a blanket and not have to think about it too hard.

But right now it’s summer, and it’s a little too hot to have a lot of yarn on my lap. Somehow, I ended up diving headfirst into paper crafting, specifically card-making. It’s not really surprising – a friend of mine is a demonstrator for a stamping company. I’m not going to name the company because this blog isn’t about me selling anything (although if you really want to know, leave me a comment and I’ll tell you:).

I started small, with a card kit, and I loved it. But I was quickly frustrated by the limited options. I wanted to do more. Hence me placing an order for much more stuff, and watching more tutorial videos on YouTube that I care to admit. I found my favorite presenters, and subscribed to their channels. I started by imitating their designs before playing with my own. I wouldn’t say I’m good at it, by any means.

It’s incredibly relaxing. I had a migraine the other day, so I disappeared into my “craft room” where I have all the paper supplies set up and made a card. There’s something meditative about cutting the paper, stamping the image, and then gluing it all together. By the end of the session, I have something pretty that I’m proud of, and that I can send off in to the mail to a friend to brighten their day. (The “craft room” is a spare table set up in the basement with all the boxes of Christmas decorations and my husband’s classic video game collection, so hardly instagram worthy stuff here).

Now I’m excited about the Holiday catalog, and making cards for Halloween and Christmas. I don’t know what I will end up creating, but I do know there will be a lot of glitter involved.

Do you have a favorite craft? Tell me about it in the comments!

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