A Year of Projects

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Well this is it, the end of 2015.  What did you manage to complete this year?  If you love to craft and decorate then consider a look at A Year in Crafts for 2016.

Here are 52 beautifully simple step-by-step ideas to get you crafting throughout the year. Start in January by making a handmade diary so you can start the year fresh and organized, while in March you can revamp your home for the annual spring clean with a new chair seat or a vintage-inspired embroidered tablecloth. In April there are Easter decorations to make, and you can start getting ready for the planting season with a container full of your favorite herbs for the garden. Get inspired in July with an outdoor garland and pretty paper butterflies and moths. If you’re going on holiday in August, prepare by making a recycled luggage label so you can spot your suitcase at the airport, and in September make a lunchbox or pencil case to keep those back-to-school blues at bay. In October, it’s time for Halloween again, and you can celebrate by carving mini pumpkins and squash to hang in a tree outside your house. November is the best time to start preparing for Christmas, so start making your presents now and you won’t have to be in a rush at the last moment. Make a beautiful gilded star for your tree in the first week of December, as well as unique decorations to make your home look festive. You’ll be truly inspired with Clare Youngs’ lovely projects, so whether you want to make each project as the year progresses, or dip in and out of the book, you’ll never be bored with A Year in Crafts.

Happy New Year everyone!

Holiday Jigsaw Puzzles

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Who doesn’t love jigsaw puzzles?  It doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that people are doing much of in these days of cell phones, high definition tv’s and tablets.  Growing up it wasn’t uncommon to have a puzzle on the dining room table for days at a time during the fall and winter seasons.   Although it might be uncommon to hear young people asking to bring out a puzzle as they seem like a pastime from the “old days” it would be strange if it didn’t draw their attention to the table if you set one out. Before you know it you can easily pass a few hours of quality family time together before the project is complete.  Even guest can’t resist adding a few pieces or sometimes many while visiting.  I challenge you to bring out a jigsaw puzzle this holiday season.  I trust you won’t regret it.  Click HERE to browse an assortment of jigsaw puzzles.