Wednesday, April 25

From paper to yarn, crafting is a great stress reliever!


One of my favorite things to do when I need a little break from reality is make something fun. It doesn't have to be anything spectacular, just something to help me unwind and let go of anything that's been weighing me down. I also like to make things that are fun and might put a smile on someone else's face. Kind of like this little kitty origami box I made for my daughter. I even added a pair of wiggly eyes and a face to finish off the look. I put a couple of little mice filled with catnip in the cat box and gave it to her for her kittens. Let me tell you her face lit up, she loved it. And that in turn made my day. Crafting doesn't have to be complex, it can be something as simple as folding paper to make something fun.

Grumpy Cat's Miserable Papercraft Book
Have some paper-craft fun with Grumpy! Grumpy Cat hates just about everything, including paper-crafts. Nevertheless, this book displays the furrowed-browed feline on several cut-out crafts that include bookmarks, door-knob hangers, masks, gift boxes, signs, paper chains, snowflakes, finger puppets, stand-up figures, origami of Grumpy's face, a mobile, a paper fortune teller, and other items.

Amazing Origami Boxes
Simple but unique, an origami box represents the thoughts and feelings of its maker. Between the pleasure of paper-folding and the satisfaction of having a handmade item to use (or give!), the box forms a positive association for the maker (and between the giver and recipient). In this guide, origami master Tomoko Fuse presents 20 original designs for origami boxes — some simple, others more complex, all made from a single sheet of paper. Beautiful, full-color photographs accompany step-by-step instructions and diagrams for a splendid variety of completely functional boxes. They range from conventional square and rectangular shapes to those in the form of a bird, a basket, a cat's head, a flower, and other shapes. By varying the type of paper and color combinations, folders can create an endless variety of effects. Suitable for origami enthusiasts of all skill levels, this guide promises hours of creative joy.


But if you do prefer to do something a little more complex, or prefer to craft with yarn vs. paper there are lots of great options out there for you too. These two books offer a wide variety of things you can make for yourself, or for others as a gift. I've always wanted to learn how to crochet dishcloths in shapes other than a square or circle, and now I can!

Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen!
Crocheters of all skill levels will delight in these playful patterns for crocheted dishcloths — they're as fun to make as they are to use! Animals, flowers, and fruits are among the themes of the 25 patterns, which include Sweet Strawberry, Perky Pig, Dandy Daffodil, and other designs. Full-color photos accompany the easy-to-follow instructions. The directions also show how to convert any of the dishcloths into a potholder with the simple addition of a ring. Great to stitch during warm-weather months, the dishcloths make cheerful displays, and the textured stitches are ideal for efficient dish-washing.

Inspired Shawls
Knitters of all skill levels will rejoice in this colorful collection of 15 original shawl patterns. These stylish, versatile designs will complement any outfit, formal or casual, while offering the warmth and comfort of a cloak. Perfect for any season, the patterns include varying yarn weights and textures that provide the pleasures of year-round knitting. Their unique designs, rendered in bold colors as well as in neutral shades, offer a rich assortment of knitting choices.

These titles would even make great Mother's Day gifts, I mean what mom doesn't need a little break from reality to unwind?

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