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Crafts – A Remedy For Stress

We live in a stress filled world!  Prices rising, jobs declining, kids still want to eat, mortgage company still wants that monthly payment, power bill needs to be paid.  How much more stress can we take???

A large number of pressured people are turning to crafts not only to express creativity but to work off anxieties.  Crafts fit wonderfully into their stressed-out schedules and limited budgets.

Craft work can provide a necessary balance in life.  With crafting you can feel the pride of accomplishment as you finish a project, see the sparkle in the eyes of a special person that you have made an item for, and perhaps are able to make a few extra dollars with your crafts when friends, co-workers and relatives ask you to make your special items for them.  Whether your crafting is jewelry, purses and handbags, making chldren’s items, knitting, crocheting or wherever your interest lies, it still feels GOOD to get your mind off the daily stress as you craft.

Crafting can bring families closer together as you teach your children how to make craft items.  Children LOVE to do what you’re doing, and if you can provide them with little projects according to their ages and skill levels, you’ll be starting them on a lifetime of creativity.  AND, as the children get a little older, you could perhaps add some of their projects to your online Ebay or ETSY store that you’ve probably started by now, and let them earn a little money of their own.

Speaking of crafts, if you’re like me, my collection of sewing and craft magazines can get so high the stack starts to slip and slide and get completely out of control.  The only reason I keep all those magazines is because I’ve found an article I want to keep, or pattern I want to order, etc.

I realized that the only reason to save an article, picture or clipping from a magazine or newsletter is so I could quickly find it again when I need it, and the only way to do that is to have my collection in some order.  I’ve come up with a couple “save and store” methods for those articles, magazines and newsletters.

**If you have only a few newsletters and magazines you can keep them in a chronological order, and use what I call an “annotated table of contents” to help you find articles.  Annotating is a way to personalize the contents page by adding notes about what’s of most interest to you.  You can even tape a sheet of paper to the inside front cover and make your own index of interesting items.

**If you’re willing to tear up your magazines and save only the “good stuff”, you can really save space and time.  Get into the habit of reading magazines with pen and scissors in hand.  Underline and make margin notes as you read.  Years later, you won’t have to reread the entire article to figure out why you saved it.  Clip worthy items promptly so you don’t have to read through the whole magazine twice.

Now sort your pile of clipped, annotated articles according to categories that you’ll think to look in when you need them later.  For example, filing a book review by subject instead of by title may be most logical as you’ll be looking under that “subject” when looking for that particular item.  When you decide on a category for the clipped pages, write it in an upper corner.  Labeling makes it faster to refile in the future.

Now that you’ve gotten a stack of articles, patterns, book reviews, etc, it’s time to get them filed.  I bought a 3″ notebook binder and filled it with plastic page protector sheets.  Slip the clippings and articles into the page protector sheets, and you’ll have a much neater, more organized method of keeping all those goodies that you want to use as future reference items.

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