- You may feel silly wearing protective wear, but your eyes, skin, and lungs will thank you. When using any supplies that states use in a well-ventilated area–wear a dust and filter mask that covers your nose and mouth. Also wear when sanding and cutting with power saws. The fine dust particles are bad for your lungs. Wear goggles when working at close contact with spray paints and power tools. Also don’t forget the rubber gloves when working with chemicals, dyes, and other products that can irritate skin.
- Work in a circle: Have items you use all the time including your tools like scissors in the front part of the circle within easy reach. Other items can fill in the circle. This set-up is less stressful and not as exhausting as having to hunt down the items you need.
- Storage of supplies is always a problem– store up, down, here and there, but NEVER on the floor. It’s an accident waiting to happen and very frustrating.
- Always get up every hour (when sitting for a long time) and stretch–your legs, neck, back, and arms.
- Lighting is very important–even if you have to make an investment in new fixtures and bulbs. Avoid eyestrain and mistakes (especially when matching colors) with good lighting. Mother Nature is best so if possible set-up near a sunny window.
- Never completely relax when using power tools or anything that uses electricity. Mistakes and accidents happen when we take these tools for granted.
- If it smells…it’s probably not good for your respiratory system. Buy non-toxic glues, paints, and sprays. Unscrew the lid of a liquid and smell for fumes. No room is ventilated well enough for some of these products.
- Rotary scissors are wonderful to relieve hand and wrist stress, but buy one with a retractable blade. Always replace the cover of sharp, pointed tools to avoid accidents.
By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
All that’s old in fashion, eventually seems to become new again. Hair scrunchies made their first appearance in the 1980s and ‘90s, and are once again popping up for sale. I for one, welcome these fashion accessories of my teenage years back into fashion with open arms, and celebrate their return to popularity by sewing up a bunch of them for my daughter and I to use.
Happy Eclipse Day! Is there any better way to start off this exciting day, then by announcing the Free Stuff Friday winner? Congratulations to…Dianne G.! Enjoy your Tie-Dye Kit!
Tulip Ultimate One-Step Tie-Dye Kit – Includes 5 squeeze bottles containing dye, 5 dye packets, 8 protective gloves, 40 rubber bands and a project sheet. The colors include Purple, Fuchsia, Lime, Turquoise and Yellow. Enough to dye up to 30 projects!
The winning answer to “What craft supply can you never have too much of?” is…
”I will view the eclipse on television where I have a front seat view!”
Yay! Now go grab your NASA approved safety glasses, and enjoy the show!
Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!
When it comes to my personal stuff, I’m definitely not the most organized person. Decluttering is not my strong suit. I’m all for anything that makes it easier for me to clean up after myself, so that’s why I’m all about this handy collapsible storage bag.
Even though I’m from Portland, I’m not a fan of any weather other than blue sky. In the summer, I can be a little more open to the idea of clouds in the sky. I still prefer these little felt clouds to the real thing, though.
By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Welcome spring and Easter to your home with these whimsical decorations that look like colorful, candy confections!
March is just flying by, and I almost forgot to plan St. Patrick’s Day activities for the little ones in my family. If you’re feeling a little last minute like me, I hope you find these crafts and activities helpful and fun!
Crafting and creating with young people is a learning experience for kids and adults. I like to use the prep-time as teachable moments. I might tell a background story about St. Patrick’s Day, how the tradition began etc. If they’ve never been to Ireland or seen pictures I might bring out my laptop and show pictures first of where Ireland is on the map and then of photographs of the landscape. Kids seem instinctively interested in geography, place, contrast, and of course, pictures, so I like to nurture these interests from a young age. Then I’ll introduce the activity and ask my little ones what they think might work and what might not. If we’re using something new I always like to model using the materials. Then I sit back and watch them discover and learn from their experience.
All you need to make these cute Shamrock Prints are toilet paper holders and green paint! You can use these prints to decorate wrapping paper for a St. Patrick’s Day gift, to make a special card for parents and siblings who might be at work or at school, or just for fun. After making these prints if the kids are still interested I’ll add rainbow crayons and gold pom poms to create a multi-dimensional project.
Shamrock Prints – Think Crafts
Buttons and Burlap are some of my personal favorite crafting materials, so I have plenty on hand to share with my little ones. The combination creates a lovely wall hanging. This craft is best for school aged kids, since it requires a glue gun, but you could easily modify the project for younger children with paper and glue, or fabric and fabric glue.