The bottom line of this blog is “Home-made fun and craft therapy” because I really believe crafts are good to keep us all happy and sane. Now is not the place to tell you how and when I found out. But the thing is I highly recommend any kind of crafting to everybody, even in small amount. Making something with my own hands, lovely materials and colours is one of my favourite things.
But we all live busy lives, and it can be difficult to fit in some home-made time. That’s why today I want to share with you some tips to help making some space in your life for your favourite craft, whatever it is.
1 – Keep it simple
The best way to be disappointed by a project is to fail because it was to big/complex/expensive to be realistic. So if you’re new to crafting, start with short and easy projects. If you have only 20 minutes per week for your crafting, you would be able to complete a 1 hour project within 3 weeks. And you’ll see: once you have tasted the joys of making, you will magically find more time to accommodate your new passion.
2 – Look for holes in your schedule
You don’t need to have a full 4 hours free time to start some craft project. As busy as you are, you may be able to spare 20 to 30 minutes here and there. Monitor yourself and find these gaps: do you need to spend all that time on the computer, does this television programme really require all your attention? Here is one of my guilty secrets: I would rather spend half an hour sewing than cleaning the kitchen floor.
3 – Keep it portable
Make sure you store all your project supplies in a box you can take with you all around the house. Crafting in front of television or in bed before going to sleep are good options. I often find myself doing some knitting or hand sewing in the kitchen, waiting for pasta water to boil up or casserole to cook up in the oven. If you’re commuting, you can even pick some extra portable craft such as knitting or crochet and put your train time to profit.
4 – Have a craft date with yourself
Here is the sad truth: it is as difficult to keep up with your craft time as with your relationship, especially if you have a job and/or children. So just use the same method for both: the weekly date. As far as crafting is concerned, pick a slot that works with your schedule and stick to it. Of course you need to make sure it is a time and day where you are fully awake and available for your crafty time, otherwise you won’t be able to stick to it. Fancy some company? Why not joining Creatives Unite, a community of crafty people run by Anna and crafting along every Thursday evening?
Did you find these tips useful? Do you have your own method to fit crafty time in your busy life?