just a quick craft
what do you do with all the cards you receive in the mail all year long? they bring so much joy when you open them. yet most of them end up in the paper recycling bin. my latest quick project is jump rings for each of us to keep our cards/correspondence on. now we can recycle that joy all year long. it will always be there when we need a little pick me up.
I know this isn't an original idea. I'm sure I saw it somewhere, family fun magazine maybe? not sure I have many "original" ideas. so no need to ask permission, take it and expand on it yourself.
this simple idea got me thinking a lot about my crafts the past few days.
on monday night I stayed up after mark went to bed to finish watching a tivo'd oprah show. it focused on families in financial crisis who are now homeless. some living in shelters. some living in new "tent cities" popping up all across America. I felt sad. I felt mad. but most of all I felt thankful.
thankful for my husband and his job that provides for us. thankful that I can work part-time from home allowing flexibility along with income. thankful that I can still grocery shop based on most of our desires and not sale flyers. thankful that our home, while smaller than some and older than others, is quite adequate for our needs. thankful that I am still able to make and create many of our gifts and cards.
so for the next few months, I've challenged myself to make due, use it up, or do without. it's rather appropriate then that I'm in the process of purging and organizing my craft room. I've already repurposed grandpa robb's black desk for my new sewing table and my grandmother's needlepoint will be decorating the wall. I'll be using what I have to create new projects. most importantly-I'll be reigniting my excitement about projects I've purchased yarn for, but haven't yet made. some won't be timely. I may be making winter hats in april; I hope you won't mind.
it's a common theme that people all across America are simplifying. maybe that's the direction my projects are going. but hidden in the simple things can be an abundant joy. and this creative 'pick me up project' is an opportunity to recycle the encouragement, laughter, and love we've received all year long.