The world has suffered from what most of us are familiar with: The horrible pandemic of the corona virus. With many people having to work from home, teach from home, and shop from home, we need something to keep our minds off this new lifestyle adjustment. Creativity can do just that. It can take the mental strain of everyday responsibilities away as you are diverted into design mode of project hewing. Fortunately for me and countless others, crafting happens to be a pleasant hobby that can serve the well needed function of amusement. However, with the COVID-19 plague on the horizon, finding products and resources may become more of a challenge with many of the non-essentials stores (Craft Retailers) temporarily closing down across the globe in a huge effort to practice social distancing and slow the spread of the disease.
There is good news, though. You can always use online shopping and researching. Virtual venues such as eBay, Amazon, Etsy and more provide great products that are no longer available in local shops. You don’t have to leave your home. Simply click, and they will ship. You could also check out major store chains online, such as Michaels, Joanns, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and others to have your items shipped to you. Some may not offer the free ship to store options, since you are no longer allowed to physically go pick your order up. Nevertheless, you can still fulfill your craft hoarding by getting it electronically. Yay!! I had to order some of my basics: art glitter glue. I had to have that. I found an 8 oz bottle of it on eBay . Some sellers on there offered free shipping, too. I needed it for a current junk journal project that I am working on, chronicling my everyday routines. Things have changed so much in my household that I need something to keep my mentality from going into turmoil.
In my state of North Carolina, all the schools are shut down until at least May, or maybe longer. Therefore, I must play teacher to My 10-year-old son. Science, English and Math are not my best, but ART…I think I’m an okay instructor…Ha! Too bad crafting is not his favorite subject, but we are handling home schooling just fine. I am fortunate that mine and my husband’s work schedule can accommodate his learning arrangements…and my craft hobby.
I’m trying to include daily responsibility cards, with a shabby chic- tea themed, touch to them. I plan to create tuck spots where I can place the cards and tags throughout the journal with pockets to store ephemera, news articles, and more. These will serve as like a planner/ daily or weekly journal of what is happening in our lives until this epidemic is over with. I feel like this can help me stay structured without loosing my mind.
I have gathered some digital printables, some scrapbook pages to make my journal signatures, and some ephemera I made from previous projects.
I like to organize my book, somewhat, before I assemble it. I think this project will ease my anxiety from all the negative things going on.
Maybe you would like to create something, also. Don’t let closed stores and other obstructions hinder you from your art, if you can help it. Try to relieve your stress by becoming immersed into an hour or two or three of crafting time. I just love it. I think you will too.
I hope this was helpful. Happy Crafting!