For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal.
    ~2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Crafts, Fairs, and Pinterest

craft is a pastime or a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. In a historical sense, particularly as pertinent to the Middle Ages and earlier, the term is usually applied to people occupied in small-scale production of goods, or their maintenance, for example by tinkers. The traditional terms craftsman and craftswoman are nowadays often replaced by artisan. (source: Wikipedia)

Historically, craftsmen formed guilds. The craftsmen would take on apprentices, who upon completion of his apprenticeship would become journeymen looking for a place to set up shop and make a living.

Today when one hears the word craft what comes to mind is generally hand-crafted items sold at craft fairs both indoor and outdoor.
Many of these artisans are retirees who travel the continental United States in their RVs. Like my prarents! Dad makes wooden crosses. Mom sews table runners, aprons, and Scavenger Hunt toddler blankets. Actually she calls them I Spy Blankets. 

The best place to find craft ideas is . . . 


Last week while the family and I were at my parents' house for dinner, I notice a piece of paper with wooden hearts images. Mom decided Dad needed to branch out from making wooden crosses and make wooden hearts. Thus she started collecting image ideas. 

Well, that got me thinking... Why not create a Pinterest Board of Wooden Craft Ideas! My idea is to build it with images of things my kids and I could make together. Such as ... 

Use mismatched knobs for a hanging rackA Hook Rack
Instead of handing coats, I could hang scarves . . . or necklaces. And if we made it longer with more space between the hooks, we could hang hats.

A local building store would have wood. Maybe even boards edged. Give the board a couple coats of paint. Maybe sand edges. Attach a variety of hooks and knobs.

What are some fun (and easy) craft ideas that you have enjoyed making with your kids? Or you think would be fun? Do share! I'm looking for more ideas.

Who have you "apprenticed" under to learn a craft?

LIHp January 2014
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Wednesday: Nominate movies for our movie night.

Wednesday: Craft Fair

Janet Tronstad's writing challenge begins (goes all week)
Thursday: Family Reunion

Thursday 9pm Eastern: Movie Viewing
 (Chat during movie viewing in chat room)

Friday: Farmer's Market

1 comment:

  1. I am fortunate to have some amazing quilting ladies who have taught me the ins and outs of the craft. I love quilting because it can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it. I'm going for complicated at the moment. Thanks goodness for those who have already been there and done that. :D