In the fast-paced world of technology, it can be hard to take time out of the office or emails to enjoy some screen-free moments. Turning off the work emails and shutting down the laptop for a good few hours can be cathartic and freeing, even if those notifications build up and require a good sifting through when you get back on. With our modern way of life saturated by technology and methods of making life more comfortable, it can be nice to step back a little bit and try something you might not have tried before. There is an unlimited range of at home crafts that you can try to pass those rainy days, especially if the kids are home for the holidays and you’ve been wondering what to do with them. Here are three home crafts you can try – one can even be done in front of the tv.
You’ve probably listened to your Grandmother tell stories about how when she was a young Mother she sewed and knitted all your Mother’s clothes because they didn’t have enough money to buy them – plus that’s just what they did in those days. While we don’t have too much of a practical need for knitting these days as clothes are so cheap and readily available, knitting can be a timeless craft to pick up and try that is therapeutic and cathartic. Knitting requires excellent dexterity of your hands and the ability to repeat the same movement over and over again, which can be a soothing and enjoyable experience. Plus, it can be done while reading a book or watching tv, so if you’re not ready to give up screens altogether, this is one that you can multi-task with. Plus, knitted jumpers are a great cheap Christmas gift.
If you’re somebody who is a perfectionist, loves a challenge, and believes that the devil’s in the details, then you’ll want to give embroidery a go. Embroidery is another timeless craft that requires you to get experience with a needle and thread. There is a plethora of patterns and designs out there available from small to quilt sized, so it’s recommended that if you’re just starting out to start with something little – you’ll be more likely to finish it. Embroidery is another craft that can be done while you’re doing something else like reading, and because it takes time, patience, and very particular steps with your fingers, it can be very relaxing. Alternatively, if you have the urge to get everything in your house embroidered but don’t have the time or patience to do it yourself, you can get a professional to do it. The Linen Hire is an excellent source for all things sewed and embroidered.
Painting By Numbers
A lot of us are creative and like to try out new ways of being creative, but just don’t have the talent for it so choose not to. Painting can be one of these challenging crafts that some seem to have the knack for and others don’t. Luckily, there’s painting by numbers. Painting by numbers is set out to help even the most artistically challenged person and allow them to experience the satisfaction of completing a picture. Set out with little numbers that tell you exactly where to paint each color provided, it enables you to produce a wonderfully worked on masterpiece without worrying about getting it wrong or not being creative enough. They come in all different mediums, from acrylic and watercolor to oil, so there’s more than enough out there to keep you occupied in this craft for a while at least. It will also bring out your inner artist, even if that is something you thought you never had.
When winter approaches and the kids are home for the school holidays, it can be hard to find things for them to do that don’t result in sitting on the couch all day and playing with all screens that are available. It can take time and effort to find a craft that you or they like, but once you’re there and have gotten them hooked, you’ll be so thankful that you’ll survive another school holiday without them dying of boredom or developing square eyes. Picking up a crafty hobby can be a gratifying exercise. While your grandmother said that knitting was a “necessity,” I bet she still indulges in the odd jumper from time to time for the pleasure of it.