For the love of Crafting

I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, mainly because….well….I’ve been crafting.

Crafting  and general DIY culture is about grasping a self-sufficiency.  “How do I do that?” “How do I make it better?” floats though my head every time I see something that makes me say”ooooooo Me Likey” and “awww, that’s so cute”  ( which basically means my brain is spinning as soon as I step into a store ).    Really one could say its the ultimate a mental exercise – see, think, realize.   Beyond the comforting knowledge that dreaming up a bear shaped bookshelf is benefiting my neurons, Crafting can be down-right cathartic!  Pounding, smashing, tearing, and smearing new life into raw materials settles my mind and gives me a positive outlook on the day.  I try to make something, anything everyday.

The only draw back to this grand “DIY” mentality is time and money but mostly time;  now that you’ve mapped out all the pieces and a general method of assembly (“insert tab A into slot A” ) you need to put it together.  How long it THAT going to take !?!  and When are you supposed to find time to get all of the supplies for this “Live Changing DIY” ?   Don’t stress, just buy it online, seriously.   There are an endless number of art supplies, beading, canvas and etc suppliers online; many are brick and mortar store just down the street ( they won’t mind mailing you stuff, promise! )  I first stumbled into this stress trap during college when the urge to create something was unbearable ( and Ochem was a definite thing of the past).  I try to make a quick run to Paper Source, Archivers, or even Marshals but always got stuck in traffic, a long checkout line or worse – waste time in the clearance section ( “I NEEDS them ALL!” ).  Once I discovered Amazon, Etsy, and Archivers Annex my life was suddenly much happier ( if poorer ^^).

Now a days, my ultimate crafting solution is joining a Craft subscription ( or 4 ).  Every month the company sends out a box containing 1-4 various DIY activities ( see below for a breakdown and promo link for each of my existing subscriptions  and Pics of February boxes TBA).  There are tons of different types of Craft and DIY subscriptions for example: MyPaperPumkin sends paper crafts and stamping,  Home Grown Collective sends DIY remedies and recipes for the home, and Whimseybox sends rotating crafts.  Check out MySubscriptionAddiction’s page of Craft subscription boxes, it’s huge and the reviews are super insightful!  If you don’t like committing to monthly boxes, Brit+co and Darby Smart have a store of DIY and Craft kits for you to purchase ( no commitments here! )

The options are endless, so have fun and Create!

WhimseyBox ( Mid – Month)

  • Cost:  $15/month ( less with 6mo/annual subscription)
  • or $20/each WB + S/H
  • Pros: the name! ( Whimsey…box…) rotating crafts, fun new products, everything you need for the project, cute WB theme extras
  • Cons: actual project can be hit or miss
  • Promo Link: here ( $5 credit towards purchase or subscription)

Darby Smart Girl (Mid – Month)

  • Cost:  $12/2 months
  • Pros: Tons of supplies, quality and quirky items
  • Cons: it’s designed for teens ( oh well….)
  • Promo Link: Here ( Promo howdydarby for $10 gift card )

Darby Smart “to DIY for…” 

  • Cost:  $19/month
  • Pros: Tons of Supplies, rotating “craft” theme, projects can be as personalized easily
  • Cons: New Subscription so boxes are “hit” or “miss”
  • Promo Link: here  ( Promo howdydarby for $10 gift card )

HomeGrown Collective (End of Month) Featured image is January’s Box “Detox inside and Out” ( Very DIY Spa – like ^^)

  • Cost:  $48/month (less with 6mo/annual subscription)
  • Pros: 2-5 projects,  glass jars, organic/single source/domestic ingredients, useful projects
  • Cons: sometimes the project can be intense ( ie, DIY almond Milk = 3 hours + Failure….)
  • Promo Link: None

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