I know that's counterintuitive. I should be outside, enjoying sun and surf in June, July and August, not holed up inside painting or knitting or stitching. Those are activities to fill up the long chilly months of winter.
Well, that seems rationale, but once fall hits, I have to run kids around to what seems like non-stop activities and my commitments mount. There is very little time for artistic pursuits. When I do get a moment, it's in between errands and my coat is usually on.
|Wearing my coat.|
Once finals are over, and coat weather disappears, I start thinking about all the fun things I could make. I have time to dig deep into my craft closet, I can revel in each brushstroke and maybe even have time to learn something new.
For a few years now, crochet has been tops on my list. I keep saying that I am going to teach myself how to do it. Santa brought me all the supplies a few years ago, I'm all set to make my own crocheted potholders ~ among other items.
I just need the time.
Painting is another favorite of mine and this I actually know how to do! I love to stencil and transform wood with a simple coat of color, but this summer I want to return to my roots and try some freehand work again.
It's been a really long time, but there are so many tutorials out there to inspire me, I think I could create something neat.
I have knit in the past, but my skill set is limited to straight lines. Needless to say, I have a lot of scarves. I would love to learn how to make something a little bit more exciting. I'm not sure what exactly, but at this point, I would settle for a cowl.
Sewing is another activity where my dreams exceed my know how.
I do try to sew one new thing a season, though. My machine hates me and we wrestle our way though it, but it makes me feel better to actually use some of the fabric I cannot stop myself from buying. This year I have already made a few new valances. I would still like to make pillow covers, a bolster cover and if I could raise the bar a little, pajama pants.
I bought some fabric for this purpose years ago when my kids were small. I figure if I start in June, I may have half a pair finished by December.
Years ago I started working on a duvet cover.
Yeah, that's not done yet, either.
Maybe I should put my efforts into gardening. I consider gardening to be an art form and one that I enjoy.
Even if the plants don't.
There's something about the smell of the flowers and the feel of my hands in dirt that I adore. Although, my favorite activity in the garden is deadheading flowers. It's meditative.
I'm also very good at it.
It might have something to do with the fact that those flowers are already dead.
That's what my husband says, anyway.
He thinks he's being funny, but I think he's right! Shhh.
The last crafty pursuit on my list is coloring. I know that many of you are a fan of this, too. Adult coloring has recently become very popular.
Frankly, I don't think it was ever unpopular. Who doesn't like to color?
It's another form of meditation for me.
When my kids were little, I always colored along with them. I think I had more fun than they did. Of course, now I have moved on from Bugs Bunny and Disney Princess books to ones with more elaborate designs, but the thrill of adding color to the page, is still there.
What is your favorite type of craft for summer? Or any season for that matter?
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