October the 1st marks the start of Halloween season, even if the supermarkets make it look like it’s Christmas already. As much as I love Christmas, I do like to have an autumnal transition period between summer and Christmas. I can’t imagine any Halloween celebrations actually taking place this year, but it doesn’t mean I can’t decorate the house as if everything was normal.
My list of interests and hobbies grows every day and it would cost a fair amount of paper to write them all down. However, there are two things that consume more of my mind than others – DIY projects and reptiles. So I thought, why not combine both in one endeavour?
I’ve recently spent 2 weeks in Croatia on a miraculous family holiday. Miraculous, because we booked it in November last year and after the pandemic started for good, I doubted it would go ahead. Luckily, I was able to see my family for the first time after 6 months and spent a fortnight in a small Croatian village, away from the crowds, which was certainly safer than living a normal life in London.
One of my favourite things to do on the beach is collecting seashells. I’d get bored to death if I was to just sunbathe for hours and I don’t particularly enjoy swimming in the sea, but walking on the shore or in the shallow water, looking for seashells and live sea creatures can keep me busy for days. Yet again I came back home with heavy bags of seashells, and I immediately proceeded to clean them.
In recent years, mandalas significantly grew in popularity. Loads of arts and crafts ideas use mandala patterns, they can make spectacular, abstract designs in drawings and paintings. There are mandalas printed on T-shirts, mandala wallpapers and even mandala tattoos are more and more common. I’ve written about the trivia of the patterns of Asian origin before. Today, I’ll share a step by step tutorial to drawing a perfect mandala from scratch.
The project from today’s post is one of those I’d had on my list for ages. I bought some plain wooden bookmarks two or three years ago, with the intention to paint them one day, and never got round to actually doing it. Not until now, that is. I finally decided to fish the bookmark out of my huge box of craft supplies and have a go at painting it with acrylics.
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Stress relief is definitely something worth attention in current times. Stress relief methods that we can do at home to kill some time? Even better! Over two years ago I posted about adult colouring books and recommended them as a way to relax at home. Recently, I came across an interesting colouring book with a twist. I’ve tried it and it’s really fun!
The card making season 2020 has come to an end – at least when it comes to cards for family occasions. The last card I needed to make was a birthday card for my mum. I decided to continue with the watercolour adventure for this final project. I’ve been enjoying playing with watercolours and I already have a few ideas for future watercolour crafts – I finally feel like I understand how to work with watercolours a bit more.
Today’s craft is the last but one card of the season. The only one left to make is a card for my Mum’s birthday. Today however, I’m sharing the card I made for my Dad for Father’s Day, which in Poland is every year on June 23rd. And since my dad loves photography, I thought I’d make a camera-themed watercolour card. With flowers, of course – every card needs some flowers!
Continuing with the watercolour cards (I’ve not forgotten about quilling, just using this year’s birthday and other occasion season to try something new), I recently made a floral card for my grandma’s birthday.
Having to stay at home made me rediscover my passion for arts and crafts. I used to do plenty of them, as you can tell from this blog, but ever since I moved abroad last September, I was focused on building my new life and didn’t spend much time crafting at all. Luckily, the spark was reignited and my flat is now cluttered with crafts in progress and art supplies. And I like it that way!