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Some Top Tips from Readicut for beating the winter blues and enjoying the long winter evenings from now until March, when we start to look forward to Easter, more chocolate and more holidays.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.
Cross Stitching is a creative therapy and one that will make the evenings seem shorter, while bringing out feelings of fulfilment, pleasure, and self-satisfaction. Setting yourself a new project is certainly in keeping with the resolutions made during January, so why not resolve to spend 2015 being more creative? It is an easy resolution to fulfil, especially with one of our easy cross stitch kits that provide everything you need to get going on a brand new project.
If you have never tried cross stitch before, why not have a go. Crafting is becoming more and more popular with younger women – and indeed men- who want to try a new skill while at the same time feeding their desire to create something beautiful. Start off with a phone case or one of the delightful smaller pictures of a cupcake or a modern style alphabet sampler; the penguins are irresistible too….
You may be an expert cross stitcher, so have a look for a new cross stitch patterns that will really stretch your talents this year. Our poppy field and vineyard canvasses along with many others, such as the swans or the Tsubaki or Misaki Japanese designs; have been designed to give you a sense of challenge as you complete it. Think of it as climbing Mount Snowdon, but from the comfort of your armchair in the warm. We are saving you a fortune in special boots and hiking gear….
Cross Stitch for someone you love: One of the best ways to make sure you finish a Cross stitch Kit project, is to make something that a loved one will really adore. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so why not pick out a cross stitch canvas or cross stitch kit that will amuse you in the evenings and then make into a Valentine's Day gift for that special person in your life. There are lots of hearts and flowers designs to choose from. .
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).
Hopefully, these tips will help you to get through the cold evenings with a new sense of achievement and resolve, and we'd love to see pictures of your completed projects too!
DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape
Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the color block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.
DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun
There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.