Creative Friday: Crafty Clothespins

Have you noticed my laziness lately?

I haven’t been crafting as much as talking about crafting. It’s something this guy reminded me of recently. How much of us are “hiding” behind easy, comfortable tasks because we’re afraid of confronting what’s really important and meaningful in our lives?

{hand raised.} I’m guilty.

I finally decided to bite the bullet and return to my creative ways.

There are so many reasons to do so.

Let me count the ways:

1. It’s good for my mental health.

2. It’s good for my self-confidence.

3. It’s fun!

4. It’s the holidays and there are so many things to be inspired by. {I recently wrote about holiday inspiration and writing for The Writer magazine here.}

But I’m procrastinating again. Could you tell?

Here’s just one more diversion.

I’m obsessed with Pinterest and have been cataloging all of my to-do one day craft list. It’s small, but you can kind of see it here. It’s among the growing list of ways I want to creatively express myself. If you’re on there, look for me here.


Anyway, I finally got to do a super fast and easy craft last night. And it was invigorating. I created crafty mini clothespins from reusing a 2009 Snow and Graham mini calendar, a pair of scissors, hot glue and a bag of leftover mini wooden clothespins.

Here are the results:

It’s not perfect. When have I done anything perfect? But it was fast, cheap and I was able to reuse an old calendar and some leftover clothespins so I’m pretty happy with the results.

One lesson I learned?

Next time, I’m going to try double-sided tape. Less hot glue burns.

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Easy Weekend Craft

To get your creative juices flowing this weekend, why not try making your own DIY necklace?

This is the same necklace I briefly mentioned here and the good news is that like all of my MIM (Made It Myself) crafts it’s fast, easy and cheap!

Here’s what you need:

Materials: 1 circular pendant with green recycle symbol, metal twine, 1 square pendant with the word create on it and 1 jump ring.

How I did it: I used the metal twine that attached one of the pendants to its cardboard backing and threaded it through both pendants and a jump ring. Lastly, I threaded through the jump ring with an old necklace chain I hardly used. That’s it!

What are you creating this weekend?

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