by Danielle Jackson
I’m one of those people that doesn’t do well sitting still, and my multitasking often follows me from work to my home. I rarely read one book at a time—I have four started right now, Entice by Jessica Shirvington, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Abhorsen by Garth Nix and Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (for fun mind you, not including the books I’m reading for work)—I watch TV/surf the internet/write at the same time, and I’m always looking ahead on my social calendar so I have “something to do.” So how exactly do I relax? By being crafty.
I blame the popularity of Pinterest, Etsy, and other sites like Craftgawker—I see things all the time and say, “I could do that.” So finally, I think after hearing me say it so often, my boyfriend said, “So do it.” Naturally, I took this as a challenge, and our small apartment was turned into a craft zone!
My first big endeavor was making bowls out of magazine pages... in addition to all those books, I read magazines like crazy, and have a hard time just recylcling them.. But this is a fun way to use them, and a great gift to give (though you spend A LOT of time folding paper):
I also decided to give our bathroom a bit of a revamp, with new paint on our cabinet—don’t you love that lime green trim?
And this is my recent favorite—a wall decoration, made out of toilet paper rolls… it’s funny, because it’s in the bathroom and made out of toilet paper rolls!:
And finally, I painted some small canvases to go above our headboard-less bed:
I’ve also been making a ton of coasters out of bathroom tiles (great for hostess/housewarming/bridal shower gifts!), homemade body scrub (another awesome small gift), and paper flowers (just because they are pretty and fun to make). And to top it all off, I received a sewing machine this past Christmas, so who knows what I’ll be up to next…
What do you do to relax? Any fellow crafters out there?