National Craft Month Awareness

Provo Craft Yudu screen printing machineI know I've mentioned this before, but I'm pretty much always trying to find a new hobby. I'm constantly starting new projects with fervor, only to abandon them a week later because I got bored. It's not the most cost-friendly personality trait, but it does mean that I get to be excited about the prospect of something new almost monthly. Lately, it's been this little device -- the screen-printing machine.


I have a dream that, with the help of this machine, I will soon be forcing my friends to wear matching T-shirts to coincide with themed hangouts. Some of my favorites so far? A "We're eating tacos!" shirt for weekly taco nights, a "Birthdays was the worst days … Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay" shirt for birthday celebrations and, my favorite, the apology shirt for when my friends start to hate theme hangouts.


Although I've considered learning the actual art of screen printing, I've also considered the fact that I have absolutely no patience -- making this little machine seem like a perfect fit in my life. The more I obsess over this little printmaking machine, the more I start to justify the cost. Between buying prints for my giant white bedroom wall, band T-shirts, and handy tote bags, I probably could have bought five screen-printing devices by now.


National Craft Month happens to be coming up in March and gives me a reason to finally purchase this darling little machine. What is National Craft Month? It's the perfect excuse to shower yourself with craft related gifts and may or may not be the reason I was born. No, really, it's a new holiday dedicated to trying new things if you're a beginner or honing your skills if you're an avid crafter.


In honor of National Craft Month, I'm going to try and fulfill my dreams of making a dress and creating my own cards. This adorable Hello Kitty Sewing Machine would make sewing approximately 1,000 times less frustrating, and I could stop dreading running to the store to pick out a cheesy card with the help of a cardmaking kit.


So how are you planning to celebrate this month-long craft holiday? Do you feel naturally inclined to create or is it more of a chore?



Posted by

Amanda Mears



Feb. 11, 2011 at 1:53 PM

I love your shirt ideas, maybe the taco one the best.

Feb. 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Screen printing is the top of my list of new things to learn/do. Do you think you can screen print in glitter?

Feb. 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I can think of at least 5 good reasons to force someone to take a class and get a license before being allowed to create their own T-shirts. 6!

Feb. 11, 2011 at 2:05 PM

I'm a darling little craft machine! And "Birthdays was the worst days … Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay" is my new motto. Except I love birthdays. And celebrate them (mine and others) with gusto.

Feb. 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM

You are truly blessed if your friends will wear your themed t-shirts. I think it would be fun to make print-screened curtains and pillowcases, too. That machine is great. I was never into crafts as a child or an adult, but I occasionally get the desire to buy craft paper, glue and tissue paper to revisit some of those school projects; the results probably won't be better the 2nd time.

Feb. 11, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Haha! Those shirts are going to rock! I have been neglecting my crafting lately, mostly due to lack of space. But that problem will be cured soon, so I'll probably need a new excuse. Laziness, yeah, that feels right.

Feb. 11, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I had no idea you sold screen printers. That may be my next craft splurge. It would have been so helpful in high school when we read "Pride and Prejudice". There were scores of girls wearing homemade sweatshirts and t-shirts that read "Team Collins".

Feb. 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM

I am planning to a) finish scrapbooking all of my wedding pictures, b) start a quilt and c) make decorations for Easter and St. Patrick's Day! I really want to make the most out of this month and have something fun to show for it.

Feb. 18, 2011 at 2:13 PM

you and i sound very much alike in that we get board quick! the exception is i have no sort of talent of any kind AT ALLLL. my latest was jewelry making. i bought the beads , tools, wire and spent the countless hours standing in front of all the beads at the craft store with my head full of ideas. I was in full force for two whole weeks. now I'm on to excising equipment. i just bought an elliptical. i know it's not crafty but maybe i can change my body in to some sort of shape that makes me feel good. I suspect I will need to stick to it for longer than a few weeks. This may be an issue!

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