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August 30, 2007

Crafters Love Crafts Newsletter – Issue #002

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Hi Gang, your friendly crafter here!

Well it is that time of year again. The kids have gone back to school and now we have some time to ourselves. Now is the time to get out your favorite crafts and begin to work. Christmas is just around the corner and I know that I have a few things to make for presents.

One of the big new rages right now is rag quilts. They are so much fun to make and people love them. If you would go to I have an article on there.

Here are a few Crafty Tips

  • When crafting with natural materials that you collect outdoors, put them in a zipper type bag and place in the freezer for around 48 hours. This will dispose of all the critters before you use them in your projects.
  • I love this one. Store your hot glue stick in the freezer and it will help to reduce strings.
  • Placing molded candles in the refriderator will help them release from the mold more easily.
  • Hang a potpourri sachet that you made in front of the heat registers. This will spread the scent through the house..

The following article was written by Author ©Arleen M. Kaptur

At birth, each of us is given a set of tools to enable us to begin our journey on earth. Some get paint brushes, and others needles and thread. There are those with knives to carve wood and still others melt wax and make candles. No matter the craft, the tools are given freely. These tools may not resemble what the world knows or expects, but they are ideas and whispers in the mind and heart. The vision of beauty and colors beyond belief are woven into the fiber of each of us.

You may say that you never saw the brushes or the needles. My friend, they were there in your fingertips and in your soul. When a color struck your fancy or a twig inspired you to think about the perfect place to put it - there was your pallette of paint and the clay to make a vase. Inspiration takes many shapes and forms, but if we miss a tool or two, somewhere later in life they appear and we get a second chance.

Crafts and hobbies are made in heaven. They are disguised as such because the beauty is inside and we must find the right touch to open the doors of creativity and ingenuity. Once opened, the Magical Box will not close again. The visions come at the most inopportune times. Waiting for a bus, rocking a baby, and even washing a floor are not excluded. Each is a bead or button to be picked up and used.

When you give something that you made with your heart to a loved one, be assured that the quills used to sign your name on your project are made of gold. The ink is the flowing water of who you are and where you are headed. If wood is your special talent, then a tree feels privileged to lend you a bit of itself to make the heavens proud. Yarn, sparkles, and even a feather all are happy to make your ideas come to light. So, create to your heart's content, give gifts as if they were one of a kind, for truly they are, and stand proud when you hand your tool box or sewing basket back to the Almighty. If they are well used, then your life will shine. If they haven't been touched, then the world is less of a place because of it. Fulfill your dreams, and be the artist that you know is in your being. We all wait and hope that the beauty you create will help us envision the treasures of the world we will enter someday. Craft and know that you are doing the work of the universe - and as the saying goes "Live Well and Prosper" in ways you have just started to discover. Author ©Arleen M. Kaptur

That’s all for this month. Have a terrific September! Talk to you again soon and remember to just keep on crafting!

Kindest Regards,

Shirley Atkinson

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