Do you struggle with creative endeavors? I think we all do. As creatives, we set such high expectation for ourselves, and for the right reasons. Lately, I have changed my focus from visual creative projects to more written ones. Worry not! I have some new projects in the works and will soon make an appearance. Hears to keeping the faith, and knowing that creativity doesn’t exist on a schedule.
As we keep in mind our consumption and impact on the world around us, one of my personal focuses has been fashion. Fast fashion is a huge environmental drain, as well as a source of many unethical work practices. While I always advocate for second-hand clothing, I understand that sometimes we want something for our wardrobe that you just can seem to locate. Etsy also has great handmade and second-hand options, but for new purchases, I found this great list of brands working on both improving the ethics and sustainability of the clothing supply chain.
How are you evolving your style and fashion? Have you decluttered your closet? Started a capsule wardrobe?
Locally, the public library in Middleton, WI has an awesome upcoming event; A Craft Swap. You can bring your unused materials and trade for items will actually use! What a great way to reduce waste and make sure that your items find a good home. Does your local community center or library do something similar?
You can RSVP for the next swap at https://www.midlibrary.org/EventDetail?ID=18384
Have you seen Target.com DIY crafts section? Of course they link directly to product that you can purchase through Target.com, but there are a few great ideas, and some of the materials you probably already have hanging around. We’re talking egg decorating, centerpieces, even candy jewelry!
What fun ideas! Thanks Target!
I’m always on the lookout for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Currently we’re in a bit of a bind on our recycling (most of what we recycle ends up in the garbage, regardless of our good intentions), so I’ve definitely been more mindful of reducing my consumption and attempting to reuse what I already have. So when I found this great dog toy DIY, I had to share.
I just had to share this article on my new favorite crafter, and fellow Wisconsinite, Jonah Larson. He’s 11 years old and loves to crochet!
And you can follow him on Instagram
Considering that the kids in WI have had sooo many snow/cold weather days off of school, I have a good feeling that Jonah has made great progress on his pending orders.
Are you looking for a kickstart to your crafts? Are you looking to expand out of your usual craft without a large investment? Have you considered a subcription box? Here are 5 boxes I recommend, but there are plenty of others.
Home Made Luxe is a monthly box that is like Pinterest delivered to your doorstep! It includes the necessary items to make a gorgeous home decor project, which was designed by a DIY Blogger.
Another monthly box that includes everything you need to make a gorgeous craft project, including materials, tools and instructions.
A great box for an artist (or someone who aspires to be one). A box is delivered monthly featuring a different artist that highlights their time period, 8-11 trial/full sized art supplies, a suggested project and a detailed pamphlet introducing a new art medium.
Knit Crate is a monthly yarn subscription for knitting and crochet. They partner with different designers and fiber artists to deliver curated project kits complete with inspiring premium yarns and patterns.
Bead Crate includes hand curated beads selected to enhance your own creative journey. The beads are high quality and come in a variety of colors and sizes.
Have you tried any of these subscription boxes? Are there any favorites that I didn’t include? Let me know!