Friday, September 23, 2011

The Joys of Crafting

I have always LOVED crafting! Even as a child. I used to sit and color (hey, that counts as a craft, right?) for hours while listening to stories on tape. Even then it was therapeutic and relaxing. And the highlight of every year was going to the War Eagle Mill Craft Fair in October (yes, I am going this year; and yes, I CAN'T wait!). 

I remember one year when I was in elementary school, my mom surprised me with a day off from school and a trip to War Eagle Mill. She even made Cinnamon Coffee Cake for breakfast that morning. Yum! My best friend and her mom went with us, and we girls each got a cute monkey (you know, the kind that wrap around you with their hands and feet and velcro shut?). Oh, that day was such a treat! I'll never forget it!

So, the word "craft" for me brings lots of good memories with it. There's just something so wonderful about creating something special, especially if it's a gift for a loved one! And it's sooo much fun seeing everyone else's craftiness and getting ideas from them. This year I was introduced to life will never be the same! :-)

Crafting and DIY projects are also a great way to defrump your home! There are so many awesome blogs out there with tons of ideas to be inspired by. I hope some of my posts can help and inspire you too!

Over the years, I have collected LOTS of craft supplies. I thought it might be helpful (particularly for beginning crafters) (and because I just like making lists) to put together a basic list of supplies to have on hand. And because this post is partly about crafting on a budget, I also listed different types of stores where you can get cheap craft supplies (always a plus!). I came up with these lists quickly based on the supplies I've used the most and stores I go to the most. So, it's not a comprehensive list by any means. And don't get overwhelmed by these lists! Just start collecting here and there...

Basic list of craft supplies

  • Scissors (paper, fabric, scrapbook)
  • Paper cutter
  • Glue (hot glue/gun, glue sticks, fabric glue, glue dots, super glue)
  • Tape (single and double-sided)
  • Hole punch
  • Spray paint--different colors
  • Mod podge
  • Paint brushes (some foam)
  • Paper doilies
  • Glass stones
  • Wreaths
  • Fake flowers/greenery
  • Frames (all sizes)
  • Wood scraps
  • Wire
  • Twine
  • Clothespins
  • Magnet rounds
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Card stock
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon
  • Yarn
  • Beads/Wire
  • Fabric pieces
  • Felt
  • Buttons
  • Sharpies
  • Stamps/Ink
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Candles
  • Candle holders
  • Wiggly eyes (for the kids)
  • Pom poms (for the kids)
  • Pipe cleaner (for the kids)
  • Stickers (for the kids)
  • Glitter (for the kids)
  • Crayons/markers/pencils (for the kids)
  • Colorful pipe cleaners (for the kids)

Must haves if you find them cheap!

  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Any size frame with pretty detailing
  • Old mirrors with interesting/pretty frames
  • Any wooden furniture or decor that can be easily painted
  • Old lamps that still work
  • Old wooden chairs
  • Old wooden windows
  • Old wooden doors
  • Shutters
  • Vintage hankies, aprons, linens
  • Vintage glass
  • Vintage plates, cups, serving trays
  • Vases
  • Glass bottles
  • Old mason jars
  • Canvases (even if it's got a painting on it)
  • Old but sturdy books with neat covers
  • Paint in colors you like
  • Baskets
  • Tiles
  • Embroidery hoops
  • Vinyl
  • Basically, anything that catches your eye!

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  • Nails, hammer
  • Mounting brackets
  • Velcro strips
  • Picture mounting tabs
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Dresser drawer knobs that are pretty

Fun extras if you can afford

  • Silhouette SD (what I personally use) or Cricut
  • Laminator
  • Embroidery machine
  • Extra scrapbook supplies (look in scrapbooking section of craft store for ideas)
  • A good digital camera
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • a Hobby Lobby of your own 

So, now you have a working list of supplies to watch for and have on hand. The following stores are great places to find them. Learn to love thrift and dollar stores (and, of course, yard sales!). I wanted to go ahead and list some local stores, since many of my friends will, I hope, benefit from this list. Again, these are stores I've actually been to...not a comprehensive list.

Thrift Stores

  • Potter's House 
  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • Goodwill 
  • Salvation Army 
  • Name Brand Clothing
  • Nothing Fancy
  • Used 2B New
  • Flying Dog
  • Peace at Home
  • Second Chance Store

Dollar Type Stores

  • Dollar Tree
  • Dollar General
  • Family Dollar
  • Deals
  • Value Outlet
  • Big Lots
  • Oops!

Craft Stores

  • Hobby Lobby
  • JoAnn's
  • Hancock's
  • The Art Location

Other Stores

  • Walmart
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe's
  • Any hardware store

Flea Markets

  • All My Treasures
  • The Place
  • Discount Corner
  • Tontitown Flea Market
  • Country Classic Antiques

What did I miss? Let me know if there's a place you love that I didn't mention above!

Now, you're set. Let's get crafty! :)

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  1. Great lists, Audrey! This will be very helpful.

  2. You probably don't remember, but you, Kinsey, and I went to War Eagle together one year. I was in 3rd, you were in 5th. :) So much fun!

  3. Mary,that's probably the one I'm talking about in this post! That sounds about right for my age. That was SOOO much fun! Did you get a monkey too? :)

  4. I do believe I did. I was always into those miniature clay bears.
    But, most of all, I remember getting to wear jeans at school and trying to act all important because I was going out crafting with a group....and others weren't. haha
    I miss those times! I haven't had the chance to go in ages. Soon!

  5. Your blog is oozing with creativity! Btw, thanks for the sweet comment about my fall decorating. May I invite you to join my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop?

  6. Thanks so much, SJ! Thanks for the invite too! I'll definitely link up. :)