When I was a kid, I used to do a lot of cross stitch and paint by number. I think a few of the paint by numbers might still be on my parent’s walls. I remember loving cross stitch and recently got back into it. One of the reasons is I want to be able to either cross stitch or embroider onto garments I am making.
One of the main reasons I love cross stitch is it takes concentration and that concentration takes your mind off of the world around you. We all need that right now! If you are interested in taking this us, below are some how to and links to free patterns.
Being stuck at home, doesn’t mean that you need to spend 75% of your time on the couch and 25% of your time sleeping. Take this time to learn something new. The other day I saw a butterfly and now I’m reading up on butterflies. If you love bats, last summer I did several blog posts about going out nightly with my bat detector. You could also pick a historical figure and learn about them. Learn how to build a model plane, train or action figure. Read up on science type things. Keep your brain active! Below is are a few of the things I’m doing!
Butterflies One of the most beautiful things to see is a butterfly. It signifies hope, warmer weather and new life. Butterflies start out as caterpillars and after hibernating, because floating works of art. Below are a few links so you can also read up on them.
Nell Shipman was a Canadian actress, author, screenwriter, producer, director, and animal activist/trainer. Her works often had autobiographical elements to them and reflected her passion for nature. Recently, we watched her movie Back to God’s Country.It was glorious. She was glorious!
Cross-stitch isn’t really a new thing for me, rather I’m relearning how to do it. I want to make art with it as well as embellish the clothing I make. Also, it’s a lot of fun!
Container gardening is a great way to grow your own food, especially if you live in an apartment with a balcony. When I had a balcony I great a bunch of my own veggies and herbs. I loved planting them in the spring and watching them grow. Considering everything going on, learning how to grow your own food is a great asset and skill to have.
Soapmaking is a great way to make your own bath products, but a fun thing to do with your kids as well. Once upon a time I ran a small business that made bath products and bars of soap was one of the products. Again, this is a skill I am relearning.
Drawing Lessons After years of not drawing, (I used to sketch and draw everyday) I picked up the pencils again about a year ago. Recently, I did a 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge and man o man do I need to relearn a lot! I’ve been doing a few online tutorials to help me get better again.
Silk Screening is another skill I need to relearn for both art projects and to make merchandise! I used to make my own t-shirts for a feminist website I used to run in the late 90s and it’s time to get back at silk screening.