Orangeville, ON (My Corner Office) Why should anyone get involved in crafting? Well… first things first, have you noticed how prices keep getting higher and higher? Who can afford to give a decent gift to anyone now? If you make the gift yourself, for a fraction of the cost, everyone admires and wishes they could do the crafting themselves.

Well, you can! All you have to do is try. Crafting is one area that creativity itself inspires by necessity. Enough new crafters usually find that they fall in love with crafting. Many people start out crafting because they have no choice. They needed something to give to someone or they could not afford to buy ready-made things for their own home. Learning how to save money, they discover this amazing person inside of themselves. This creative and talented person that they never would have believed they could be.

You too can become more creative. Beauty is in the beholder’s eye, and each one of us has our own concepts of what is beautiful. Each of us has hidden talents. Once you get started, it is amazing how your mind will become flooded with ideas for things you can make. Someone had to craft everything you see. Why not you?

Where do you start? Well, what do you need?

Once you know why you need a gift, then you can look for something to fit the person you want to make the gift for.
I needed a gift for my friend who had bought her first home. I wanted it to be something special as a housewarming gift. She has always used tons of candles in her home. I found a log that had an interesting shape and cut it so that it was about six inches high by ten or twelve inches around. I cleaned the wood and sanded it top and bottom. Then I carved out an area in the middle to pour the wax that I had coloured in green to match her new living room. The wax was a green apple scent, and I poured it into the area I had carved out of the center of the log. A little polish on the top and I had a gift that I was proud of and she enjoyed it as well.

Crafting is anything you make yourself! And there are all kinds of crafts that you can choose to do. There’s needle work such as embroidery both hand embroidery and machine embroidery. , crochet, cross stitching, smocking and knitting are also interesting crafts.

There’s jewellery making such as beading, wire twisting and silversmithing.

There’s wreath making for all kinds of holidays.

Candle making can be even more creative than you think.

Painting both with oils and watercolours.

Then there’s the junk art that has become so popular, made from things you find in and around your own home.

There are many more forms of crafting than mentioned here. I’m sure even more are being created as we speak, so have a great day and happy crafting!