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Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo shares her tips for enjoying holiday crafting – avoid feeling overwhelmed as as the season gets closer! Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.
It happens every year to the best of us. We get excited about all of the wonderful gifts that we’re going to knit and crochet for everyone we love. Not to mention we want to decorate our own homes with our crafts. It’s thrilling and inspiring but as the holidays deadlines get closer, the cost of the supplies seems more than its worth, the gifts feel like they’ll never be finished, and you haven’t even started the crafts. Suddenly we’re overwhelmed and holiday crafting has become painful instead of joyful.
Don’t let it happen again this year!
The point here is to give yourself permission to make only the handcrafted items you want to make, can reasonably make and know they will be appreciated by the fact you made it.
Now it’s time to go through your list and assign an amount of time to each project. Schedule the projects into your calendar. That’s right; actually block out your crafting time as a scheduled appointment. If you can’t make it work on a calendar, you can’t make it work in real life. It’ll just become stressful so that means you have to re-assess and further narrow down your work.
Now it’s time to make sure that you’ve purchased all of the yarn and any other supplies that you need. Have everything on hand to make the process simpler.
Now that you’re prepared to craft in a reasonable way, relax. Enjoy the process of crafting and make the most of the time. Some suggestions:
If those deadlines get too close and you still want to whip up a handmade gift, check out our list of crafts to make in less than 15 minutes.